Well done to former Glebe North players Ruby McCarthy, Lia O’Leary and Hannah Healy wo were called into the Republic of Ireland WU19 squad in recent weeks. Ireland played their first game recently against Wales winning 7-0 with our very own 15-year-old Hannah Healy on the scoresheet. Well done girls, we are all so proud of you!
2023 was the first year we brought over an overseas female player , we spoke to Jaimie Lee Strang about how we wanted her to be a role model on and off the pitch and to help us win the league. Well, Jaimie Lee delivered on all fronts and was top class on and off the pitch , she’s already back home in Oz and into her new season and we wish her all the best for her season , hopefully more silverware. Thanks for Everything JL
Balbriggan U16s travelled to Drogheda recently to play Boyne RFC ‘B’ team in the last game of their North East group stage. Two tries from Kajus, one from Conor, and another very strong performance across the squad left the two teams tied on tries scored - the difference at the end being a couple of successful kicks from Boyne.
However, the day was about more than the rugby match; Boyne hosted a memorial event for Andrew Dobson, one of their much-loved coaches who passed away, far too young, a couple of years ago. After the match, Boyne hosted our team and parents to hospitality before presenting awards in Andrew’s name.
Another key milestone in the ‘Our Balbriggan’ rejuvenation programme, which is set to transform the town with public investment of over €50m, has been reached with the granting of planning permission for a €3.3m creative hub. .Fingal County Council has approved plans for works at 2-4 Dublin Street, which are expected to be completed by mid-2025. Ensuring Balbriggan becomes a nationally renowned destination for arts and culture is a key part of the Our Balbriggan rejuvenation programme, and the creative hub will be central to this. The vision for the listed building includes the development of creative art spaces with adjoining digital learning facilities, a courtyard and gallery. The project will now move to the design stage before the appointment of a contractor. Welcoming the move, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, said: “The creative hub is another key piece of the rejuvenation programme which will shape the development of Balbriggan and ensure it is regarded as a great place to live, work and do business.” Under the Our Balbriggan rejuvenation programme, the council has made a number of strategic property acquisitions as well as completing preliminary works for the redevelopment of the Harbour as part of a massive urban regeneration project. “Four years on from the launch of the Our Balbriggan rejuvenation programme 2019-2025, the bricks and mortar transformation of Ireland’s youngest town is now beginning to take shape,” said the Chair of the Our Balbriggan Leadership Group, Professor Brian MacCraith .“The ambitious vision contained in the rejuvenation plan was the result of an historic community engagement which saw more than 25 per cent of Balbriggan’s residents outline their preferences for the future of the town .”Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, was pleased to note an important milestone in the Our Balbriggan rejuvenation programme. “Fingal County Council is strongly committed to delivering the Our Balbriggan rejuvenation programme for the benefit of the people of the town. The creative hub is a key piece of the planned infrastructural development,” she said. The move is complementary to Balbriggan’s designation by the Arts Council as a truly Creative Place. It is to receive Arts Council funding of €330,000 over three years, under the Creative Places programme, to provide local people access to the arts in their own community. That funding was also secured by the Our Balbriggan rejuvenation programme, led by the Council’s Economic, Enterprise, Cultural and Tourism Department. Ireland’s youngest town now plays host to a number of festivals and cultural events in partnership with the locally-based Irish Institute of Music and Song (IIMS) which is due to open a 400-seater state of the art concert venue.
Culture Night in Balbriggan provided another stunning example of how the town is becoming a major centre for all things creative. It filled the town with colour, music, song, film, stories and wonderful events. Culture Night marked the climax of the ‘How it’s Made’ Festival, facilitated by the local Scéal Arts collective, in partnership with the Our Balbriggan Rejuvenation Programme, led by Fingal County Council, and the locally based Irish Institute of Music and Song (IIMS). ‘How it’s Made’ ran over three weekends in the run-up to Culture Night on Friday and was supported by the Arts Council and Creative Ireland. Culture Night venues included The Warehouse on Vauxhall Street, The Vault at the old bank on George’s Square, The Boathouse under the Viaduct on Quay Street, The Our Balbriggan Hub on George’s Square, The Window at 4 Dublin Street, and significantly the IIMS which will shortly open a new state of the art 400-seater concert hall, The Lark. As well as documentary film screenings, there were art and photographic exhibitions, reading and musical tours, performances and recitals with local businesses including Molly’s Coffee Shop and The Central Bar joining as hosts. Cultural organisations, castles and historic houses, extended their opening hours to the public, highlighting the wealth of facilities and talented people in the locality. Hundreds of people turned out for events in wonderful Balbriggan to mark Culture Night. Amongst other events, the Our Balbriggan Hub welcomed visitors to George’s Square where local musicians, artists and the local photographers gathered. “Culture Night in Balbriggan celebrated the superbly unique community spirit and talents of its people,” said the chair of the ‘Our Balbriggan Leadership Group’, Professor Brian MacCraith. “There was a wonderful programme of events, each of which celebrated Balbriggan’s appetite for culture.” He said, “Most importantly of all, Culture Night showcased the bonds which tie the community together and make it such a special place. “Culture Night was another wonderful example of how the town is bursting with creativity. “It was fantastic to see so many events showcasing local talent, bringing acclaimed artists to Balbriggan and also people together through the arts. “Now designated as a ‘Creative Place’ by the Arts Council, the long-term aim is that 10 years from now people from all creative disciplines will want to spend time in Balbriggan.”
The Balbriggan Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) CLG is developing an Energy Master Plan for Balbriggan, County Dublin, in partnership with the ORS Energy Management team. The Energy Master Plan (EMP) is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), which supports community-led climate action in the transition to a low-carbon future. As a community, the Balbriggan SEC is committed to actively engaging all residents in the initiative, by sharing knowledge and encouraging input from all residents, businesses, clubs, volunteer groups and community representatives in the Energy Master Plan process. “We are delighted to be working with ORS on this important initiative for Balbriggan and we welcome feedback from everyone in the community to help us better understand local energy needs,” said Sarah Zimmermann, Secretary of the Balbriggan SEC.-Balbriggan has also recently been announced as a Decarbonising Zone in the Fingal County Council Draft Climate Action Plan 2024-2029, which is open for public consultation at the moment and brings welcome attention and focus on the town. As one of the youngest towns in Ireland with an average age of 31, combined with the fact that around 30% of residents are born outside of Ireland, Balbriggan has distinctive qualities. Building a climate resilient community for the long-term is a top priority given our high proportion of our young people. “Balbriggan is a unique town with a mixture of long-term residents and people newer to the area, a great opportunity exists for the people of the town to come together to help shape what a sustainable town looks like in the 21st century,” said Eamonn Donlyn, Chairperson of the Balbriggan SEC. There is currently a Home Energy Survey for residents of Balbriggan to provide input into the Energy Master Plan. Please scan the QR code to fill in the 5–10-minute survey. The community is also invited to speak with members of the Balbriggan SEC at the Climate Action Street Party on Railway Street in Balbriggan on Saturday October 21st, from 10a-5pm.
About the Balbriggan Sustainable Energy Community CLG: Balbriggan Sustainable Energy Community CLG is a community organisation working to ensure a just transition to a low carbon society in Balbriggan. The Balbriggan SEC has adopted a whole of society, inclusive approach by promoting the SEC widely and encouraging participation from all residents, businesses, clubs, volunteer groups and community representatives. By actively engaging with the SEC Network and SEAI to provide feedback, the group works to share knowledge and support the SEC national mission.
Councillor Brendan Ryan (Labour) has called for a special project team to be set up within the Council to ensure that Balbriggan Beach achieves at least a “Sufficient” rating for bathing water quality in 2024. Speaking during a debate on the matter in the Council this week he stated that business as usual is not an option. “The issue of consecutive “Poor” classifications is very serious because if any beach gets five “Poor” classifications in a row there will be automatic de-designation and it can be a long road back” he stated. He continued: “The matter is serious enough to make it a special priority. Everything that this local authority is serious about, I see special project groups being set up to deliver. I see project managers; project co-ordinators and dedicated staff being put in place to deliver results. That’s the type of seriousness that I am looking for. That’s the type of seriousness that the people of Balbriggan are asking for and expect.” The Councillor added, “ I know that the current staff are working flat out to bring about improvements, but additional resources, which reflect the seriousness of the situation, must be allocated to help them. A special project team is warranted.”
Mark Saturday November 18th in your diary! We will be having a gala concert to celebrate 140 years of the St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band. The Band will be joined by Irish National Foresters Brass Band Navan on Nov 18th in the Bracken Court Hotel to celebrate our 140th anniversary Be sure to save the date!
Recently, a record was broken in the UEFA Champions League by a young girl from Ireland. Former Glebe North Player Hannah Healy played for Shelbourne Football Club in their Champions League game in Lithuania vs Glasgow City. At the age 15 and 262 days, Hannah Healy is the youngest ever player at the UEFA Champions League, women and men. Hannah played for Glebe North Football Club for nearly 7 years. After some time in the academy, at age 8 she joined the Under 10 Girls teams to compete in the MGL and start an unbelievable winning streak with the Under 11 Premier League & cup, Under 12 League and Cup, the under 13 League, and trophies from various tournament, regional and national level. The Pandemic stopped a potential U14 League & Cup winning with only a couple of games remaining while leading the table and a Cup final never played…Hannah joined Shelbourne after a season with Bohemians, reaching different achievements and awards, national and international recognitions. We at Glebe North FC are all so proud of Hannah’s achievement more than ever before! Well done Hannah.
Congratulations to Balbriggan Cricket Club’s victorious 2nd Team after their recent win which sealed the League Title. It was a team effort on the day, Shak Ir was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 15 off his 4 overs, Skipper Samad took 3 and there was 1 each for Syed Haris and the evergreen Duane Harper to bowl out Phoenix for 84. With the bat, after a little early wobble, Cian Rooney and Bilal Iqbal batted superbly to bring us within a few runs of the target, Cian with an excellent 43 and 32 for Bilal. Fittingly it was the skipper who hit the winning boundary to settle the contest. Skipper Samad’s side have been unbeaten in the league all summer and sealed the title recently at home in The Jack Harper MCG. It’s 2 promotions in 2 years for this team and they are now up to the 2nd XI Premier League, the highest league a 2nd team can compete at in Leinster. Congratula-tions again to all the players and mentors.