Community Funding & Support

National Community Weekend #thebighello comes to dlr

Thursday, May 2, 2019
dlr County
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Across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown 27 local community groups, residents associations and other groups have been awarded grants totalling €10,000 through the Big Hello; National Community Weekend grant fund to put on events in their local communities over the May bank-holiday weekend! 

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown Local Community Development Committee is administering funding on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development to support these events in the community, with the emphasis being on a large number of small community events.

In addition there are also almost 60 events associated with Street Feast taking place in the County on Sunday the 5th of May, and numbers continue to grow. Street Feast is being run as part of the National Community Weekend.  All of the Street Feast events are scheduled for Sunday the 5th of May and you can find all their locations on the Street Feast website.

The events are a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country and an effort to help people who share communities to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area.

Speaking about the upcoming weekend, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Ossian Smyth said:

"I'm very excited about The Big Hello Weekend and the Street Feast events all around our County. I believe that gatherings like this play a really important role in helping to knit together local communities enabling local people who are at different stages of their lives, who might not ordinarily cross paths, to meet together and to get to know one another. Getting to know your neighbours greatly improves your sense of community and greatly reduces feelings of social isolation both young and old. Humans are social animals and simple things such as being able to give a wave and say hello mean a great deal to us."

Please see below the events / groups that were awarded funding under the scheme.


These events are all run by the community and aimed at bringing communities closer together; fostering new relationships within the community and to further strengthen community spirit in our County.  The range of events covers open days in community centres, estate parties organised by residents, barbeques hosted by Men’s Sheds, a family fun cycle, an intergenerational choir event and many more.

Patrician Residents Association/Street Feast.     

Dun Laoghaire Mens Shed/Cross community BBQ

Cualanor Residents Association/Street Feast.     

Estate Management County Fora/Gathering for all voluntary committee members and volunteers/residents.                  

Lanesville Community Group/Street Feast.

Mounttown Community Facility/Community Open Day

GROW in Ireland/Coffee morning.              

DLR Cycling Advocacy Group/Family Fun Cycle along the Metals. 

Ballinteer Mens Shed/Community Coffee Morning

Laurels and Sweetmount Residents Assoc/Street Feast

Llewellyn Residents Association/Street Feast

Nutgrove / Loreto Residents Association/Street Feast

Rosemount Residents Association/Open Day in the Estate.

Dundrum Windy Arbour Men's Shed/Community Open Day

Kilcross Resource Centre/Community Open Day

Misfits - Ballyogan Parish Centre/Outdoor Community Day

Adult Community Choir @ Intergenerational sing for fun event
Loughlinstown Community Rooms. 

Youth Group @ Loughlinstown Community Rooms/Community coffee morning

LBS Mens Shed/Community Tea Morning

Blackberry Hill Residents/Street Party

Brennanstown Residents Association/Community Day and Bake-off

Shankill Day Care Centre/Afternoon community tea party

Recycled Teenagers/Afternoon tea and bingo

Johnstown Residents Association/Family Funday and Street Feast

Shankill Tidy Towns/Historical walk and community BBQ

Shanganagh Community Gardens/Farm to Fork Street Feast

Cois Cairn Youth and Community Facility/Junior Community baking Event

For further information please contact Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Communications Office on commsoffice@dlrcoco.ie and 01 204 7090