Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail
& Pleanáil: 2016
We welcome Dalkey to this year’s Tidy Towns competition.
Your application states that this is your thirtieth year taking part
and you stress how this participation has made Dalkey a more attractive
place. You are entered as a large town, and you certainly have built
up a strong organisation, even including subcommittees that meet weekly.
Another feature is the support you get from an environmental conservationist.
We note your good awareness of communications with the local community,
including articles and notices in the newsletter of the Community
Council. In light of its remarkable track record, it is easy to understand
why you are so proud of the local newsletter. Ní neart go cur
le chéile. The supporting material you sent us
included the map with your project sites numbered and coloured. This
to be very useful on the day. You are commended for sending us a map
that is fully laminated, leaving us independent of any sudden downpours.
This is certainly a first time for this adjudicator to receive such
a weatherproof map for the Tidy Towns. Well done and as it turned
out we saw the place in the best sunshine. Dalkey’s Heritage
map also helped us to locate sites. This is a fine production, especially
as it includes an enlarged map of the town centre.
Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus
We saw the enhanced shopfronts that you refer to and they
suggest to us how Dalkey has seen a revival and renewal over the last
year or more. The period railway station retains its elegance and
it also exudes a certain buzz. The Queen’s and Clubhouse appeared
to be doing great business, adding a lively aspect to their surroundings.
Bel Gelato was selling plenty of ice cream as we passed by. Dalkey
Pharmacy drew praise for its well cared for shopfront. Other commercial
properties that our caught our eye included The Magpie Inn and Wanderlust.
The Topaz filling station has colourful boxed planters and Eamon Walshe’s
garage has a vintage aspect. We note how you emphasize Dalkey’s
role as a heritage town and how that prompts you to monitor all new
development proposals (planning applications).
and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:
Dalkey is especially fortunate in its rich and diverse network of
open spaces and parks. These are beautifully set into the undulating
backdrop formed by the hills and the shoreline. Connecting footpaths
are another feature that extends this amenity chain and makes it more
accessible to locals and visitors alike. It is hardly surprising to
find that this colourful tapestry attracts a steady stream of tourists,
all adding to the commercial life of the town centre. We saw Dillon’s
Park and were very impressed. It has been made more user-friendly
and this was proved to us by the number of people lying down on the
grass, fishing off the rocks or merely ambling about. We liked the
restoration work that enables use of the unusual curved concrete benches
and other period features. Coliemore Park is a real
treasure and appears less used. This is perhaps due to the absence
of immediate parking spaces close-by, or is it because newcomers see
Dillon’s Park first and it’s on the main pedestrian seaside
route? We were impressed by all its nooks and crannies, cropping rock
and recesses. The 1916 memorial was admired, with the city far off
in the background. At the southern end we were much taken with the
bench seats affording splendid views down the coast towards Wicklow,
especially that seat dedicated to Noel and Peggy Brown who apparently
loved the vista. Seeing these intimate parks on a summer day put us
in mind of the autobiographical works of your local playwright Hugh
Leonard. The planting project at Centra (Whelan’s) is nicely
done and we admired the restrained shopfront design behind it.
Habitats and Natural Amenities / Fiadhúlra, Gnáthóga
agus Taitneamhachtaí Nádúrtha : 2016
Dalkey’s coastal location offers a great range of wildlife habitats
and your work has covered all these aspects. We were impressed by
your knowledge of the animal species present in the area, and how
you have engaged in enhancing the habitats that sustain the wildlife.
It’s great to hear about the lizard colony you have discovered.
We also commend the initiatives you have taken to extend public awareness
Waste and Resource Management / Bainistiú Acmhainní agus
Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe: 2016
Much of your emphasis in this category is on raising awareness
and in getting the school children involved in projects. We saw how
you had taken on board the comments made by the previous adjudicator
about the recycling containers at Killiney Hill amenity park. The
emphasis has now moved towards the avoidance of waste generation,
in the first instance. It gets priority over reduction and recycling.
Advice on this topic can be sought from the County Council.
and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:
The height of the summer is when the risk of litter gets most severe
for tourist destinations such as Dalkey. For the most part the place
looked very neat. At Dillon’s Park we came across a few sacks
of litter and waste gathered beside the compacting bin, alongside
the northern entry. We presumed these were further proof of your marvellous
housekeeping. Well done to those putting in the effort as it has paid
off. We found quite a bit of litter around Bullock Harbour. We
note your remarks about the advertising hoardings. They are rather
intrusive on account of occupying three separate sites all close to
each other at the northern end of the town. Kilbegnet Close,
and the stone bench nearby, were well presented.
Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe &
Ceantair Tithíochta : 2016
of the houses we saw benefit from the rich landscape diversity that
surrounds them. In some cases that is mature planting while in others
it is the marine views. Bailey View and Pilot View
have matured well. Ardeevin Road looked fine but on the sea side there
is a long stretch of metal railing beside the railway in urgent need
of painting. We admired the planting at Nerano Road, beside the railway
bridge. Saval Park Road has nice seating.
Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna &
Lánaí : 2016
Dalkey offers many contrasting entrances. Coming along the coast road
on the south side we were greatly impressed to see the blue expanse
of the sea on one side, while on the other there was the steep green
slope of Dalkey Hill. Those arriving by the DART get a very different
view, with rock cuttings opening up to show a fine array of period
houses set within mature gardens. This high level of streetscape and
amenity really lifts the place, making it so pleasant to amble about
Your work in erecting large stone name plaques for
the town approaches is commended. These are set in neatly planted
spaces. We found the Barnhill Road sign clean and clear, and also
the sign at Castlepark Road beside the flower-laden cart. There were
bright planters at the Bullock Harbour sign and the visitor information
sign in the town centre also looked well. Your laneway
project, off Castle Street, was commended. Very close-by, the other
laneway alongside the library was in good order. Including laneways
such as these in your work is commended because they extend the understanding
of the town’s history and heritage.
noted Dalkey’s contribution to the good health of its people
in the Slí na Sláinte walking route. That is now an
established feature and a great initiative that hopefully makes users
more aware of their great surroundings. Our visit
confirmed for us the strong sense of place that your combined efforts
have produced. There is a strong sense of a community on good terms
with itself. It is easy to appreciate why the place draws so many
visitors. Thank you for the very high quality of
your presentation pack/booklet. Well done.