Fingal County Council Sports Office will be adding to the Fingal HomeFit live series by facilitating a free yoga programme. Erica from Yoga Sanctuary will be teaching a 4-week online yoga course aimed at beginners, but all are welcome. She will guide you through a 1-hour class each week aimed at introducing you to the benefits of yoga through breathwork, yoga postures and relaxation. If you are interested in starting something new for yourself or would like to join in to stretch out and feel good in your body, then join Erica from Wednesday, March 3rd at 6 pm.The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David Healy said: “Another excellent online programme from Fingal County Council Sports Office. The Fingal HomeFit programme has been an important exercise option for many people during the current government restrictions. The inclusion of a 4-week Yoga programme is fantastic news and will give people an extra activity to participate in the evenings.” Margaret Geraghty, Director of Housing and Community Development for Fingal County Council said: “The Fingal Sports Office HomeFit live sessions have been a great success. Adding a new class to the already popular programme will give participants the chance to try a new physical activity from the comfort of their home.” For more information contact Noel McManus, Fingal County Council Community Sports Development Officer

At LSA our main Junveiles session takes place on Thursday evenings 7-8pm in Donabate (DPCC hall or hockey pitch). We are launching a Fit4Youth group for older teenage athletes and Transition Year athletes have the opportunity to assist us with coaching younger groups as part of their Gaisce award. For younger children, aged 8 to 9, the focus is on having fun whilst being active.These sessions build the motor skills of agility, balance and co-ordination. From ages 10-11 we progress to more structured training sessions, while still maintaining a focus on fun. The sessions involve a warm up, agility and events drills. In the summer we may move to Newbridge Park for training.Our session for athletes aged 11 and older concentrates on core skills, running technique and speed, plus aerobic and anaerobic endurance. The session consists of technique drills and either sprints, hurdles or middle distance. Athletes of any level of ability and experience are welcome and the idea is that this session provides an excellent grounding for athletes to specialise in their chosen events. Athletes age 10+ interested in competing in Cross Country or Middle Distance track can also train on Saturday afternoons in Newbridge Park..The session involves a warm up jog, stretching/drills and interval sessions. Athletes are encouraged to do an additional two runs per week themselves and to attend the Thursday session. Athletes from this group usually participate in Cross Country and Track and Field Leagues and Championships. Multi-event track and field competition (age 13 +): A small number of our athletes train with IAAF Level 4 coach Gerry Ronan. Some sessions are with athletes from other clubs at the National Indoor Arena. Adults and Juveniles/ Juniors train together in this group. Depending on the athletes strengths, events such as hurdles, sprints, middle distance up to 800m and field events such as Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Javelin, Discus, Hammer are available. For more information on the above please visit our website lambaysportsathletics.ie. If you have any questions, please email lambaysportsathletics@gmail.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook - Search “LSA”.

Well we may not be able to meet face to face for Seachtain na Gaeilge or Paddy’ Day but we are having a “Seachtain Session” for all our members - it will be held by zoom on Friday 12th March - with a bit of a quiz in between tunes! We are still running our classes by Zoom & thanks to FCC we had instruments to loan out to people for to do classes. As soon as we can where restrictions lift we will see ye all in person again!

In these challenging times when fund-raising opportunities are very limited, Donabate Portrane Men’s Shed was delighted recently to receive a cheque for nearly €350 from the Tesco Community Fund. This much-needed money was used to buy essential materials for work at our plot at Turvey Allotments in preparation for the beginning of the growing season.
We are still hopeful of renting a second plot from Fingal County Council where we will have room for a polytunnel for propagation, where we can grow plants from seed, preferably our own, for later planting out. This will reduce the costs of growing ever more produce and provide even more openings for members to work productively together. If you are interested in joining Donabate Portrane Men’s Shed, please call Jim on 086-3694416.

Donabate Parish Hall Committee wish to sincerely thank Fingal County Council for their recent Grant approvals to refurbish and repair the interior of Donabate Parish Hall.We have received funding under the Community Enhancement Programme 2020/Community Centres and Facilities for painting the rooms, this is under the Department of Economic, Enterprise & Tourism Development of Fingal County Council. In addition the Community Facilities (non FCC owned) CFRWS Remedial Works Scheme 2020 for painting of the main hall and floor finishes, this is under the Community Development Office of Fingal County Council.We wish to thank the Council Officials, especially Rafe Costigan, Senior Community Officer and the Councillors and public representatives who supported the applications.We would also like to thank the local Community Groups who gave their support and continue to do so.It is hoped to carry out the works over the coming months, depending on Covid-19 restrictions.We will keep you posted.

Corina Johnston, the Labour Party local area representative, for Donabate and Portrane has welcomed the commitment given by Garda Superintendent Mark O’Neill at a recent meeting to provide extra garda resources for the Donabate peninsula. Johnston said: “ This meeting was arranged by Duncan Smith TD and I, and was also attended by cllrs Robert O’Donoghue and James Humphreys to discuss the policing issues in the district. This included the urgent need for additional resources in Donabate and to outline the concerns of residents.” Johnston said: “ Superintendent O’Neill gave the following commitments- community Gardai have been reinstated -increased garda car patrols on the peninsula- to consider reconvening of neighbourhood watch meetings online- to consider the See Something Say Something initiative.Johnston continued: “At the meeting I proposed that the ‘See Something Say Something’ initiative introduced in Swords last year which was deemed successful, be extended to the Donabate peninsula. This scheme envisages free text messaging for the general public directly to Swords garda station to report suspicious incidents of crime and anti social behaviour which will be responded to immediately. A positive response was given to this suggestion and an undertaken given to investigating the feasibility of this initiative on the peninsula.“Johnston added: “Superintendent O’Neill said in his opinion a Garda station for the Donabate peninsula is undeliverable in the short to medium term. We reiterated our position that there needs to be a permanent Garda station in Donabate in the long term given the population is predicted to grow to over 20,000 in the coming years. “ Johnston concluded: “while we welcome the commitments given for extra Garda resources in Donabate and Portrane we believe it is still inadequate given our population. We intend to continue to pursue these issues at national level including the provision of a Garda station in the long term. “

Groups & individuals in the Donabate Portrane area including Active Age for All, Men’s Shed & Senior Citizens warmly welcome a Boules facility to the area. Over the last year or so they have sought the addition of Boules as an activity, locations such as Newbridge Park, Portrane & beside the Catholic Church were identified.Contact was made with Fingal County Council namely Lourda Darcy & Therese Casey, officers in the Operations Section of the Parks Department, who liaised with the community. Thanks to their vision & hard work and the councillors & public representatives who supported the initiative it was included in the Works Programme for the coming year 2021.The place chosen was Newbridge Park, so when COVID restrictions are lifted and contractors return to work they will be installed at a suitable location. We have requested that the boules be put, maybe beside the fantastic new gym equipment and create a recreation hub, this is still reasonably close to toilets and the car park or one can walk. We also asked that seating & benches be put in this area to facilitate older users and ramps be put in courts for wheelchair users.A special thanks to Tom Donnellan, seen here In the photographs, demonstrating to Carolyn Smyth & Jim O Donohoe last Autumn, who was the driving force behind Bayside Boules. He was a great help in pointing us in the right direction & in how to organise the Boules and play it properly! While the boules are for the wider Community. We have asked that locals will be able to have access, so that groups can use it in an organised way, which will benefit them & also the further development of the activity!
Finally, it is cheap & cheerful and anyone can give it a go!

The new Active Age Committee met for our first meeting of the year in early February. The following people were nominated and agreed to take on specific roles, and we thank them for their willing help. Chair - Jennifer Maxwell; Vice Chair - Carolyn Smith; Secretary – Mary Farrell; Treasurer – Teresa Barrett; Programme Organiser – Philippa Coady; and these are backed up by… Asst. Sec. – Carmel Carey; Asst.Treas. – Marese Murphy; Asst. Prog. Org. – Alain Rochecouste. We have been busy adding in some extra classes ‘live’ on Zoom for Singing and Music, Tai Chi and Pilates as well as our usual Sit & Get Fit and Yoga. For those reading who are not members, you can access two sets of classes - nine Sit & Get Fit classes and nine Yoga classes - by going to youtube.com and typing Active Age for All into the search line. While the Sit & Get Fit classes are designed for over 55s – they are just great on a wet day for anyone! Magda from Soul Lighthouse is our tutor and she will keep you both busy and calm – if that does not sound too much like an oxymoron! Join her and you will understand that we are saying! You will just need to wear some loose/comfortable clothing, have a chair to hand obviously for Sit & Get Fit, a long belt (perhaps from a dressing gown or bathrobe) and two small water bottles or two soup tins to use as dumbbells. Nothing else is required other than connecting. Don’t forget to click on ‘Subscribe’ if you visit. Thanks. Croquet - While we do not want to wish our lives away, we can hardly wait until Spring and the return of Croquet in Newbridge. Of course, this will all depend on the ‘Level’ we are at by that time. It would be fair to say that those who play are keen to get going. And again, not wanting to wish our loves away… it would be lovely if we had a repeat of the weather from last Spring too!

Active Age Some new members at the first Committee meeting for 2021 WEB OPTIMISED

Over the next few months we’ll be showcasing the range of groups we have within the club, for both adults and juveniles.Part 1 - Youth/Adult Masters and Seniors Sections of the club. Masters/Seniors Half/Full Marathon Group.This group was developed from a huge local interest in more competitive endurance running and has gathered momentum since Spring 2020, growing hugely in popularity. Athletes train together on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and Saturday mornings at 10.30am, usually for interval sessions. In between, our experienced coaches provide training schedules and support to athletes via Clubzap and WhatsApp. Our athletes and coaches have completed half and full marathons, some in very competitive times. A number of our adult members have also competed in middle distance races in Athletics Ireland track events and Championships. Our marathon/half marathon coaches are Shane O’Farrell, Fintan Counihan, Patrick Phillips and Steven Rice.Youth/Masters/Seniors - Track and Field - competitive Sprinting, throwing and jumping. - Our coach Gerry Ronan, is a level 4 Track & Field Coach. Gerry has many years of experience and expertise in this area. Training takes place at various times and locations. This section of the club is a competitive track and field group taking part in sprinting, jumping and throwing Athletics Ireland leagues and Championships. If you would like more information on this section of the club please contact Dara Carr on 0876599847 or Enda Gavigan on 0862446973, for more details.(Enda and Dara are club coaches who both assist and train with this group. They have won medals in Leinster and National Championships and Dara is the 2020 National 100m champion in her age group!). For any information on the above please visit our website. Registration for 2021 is now open! For all existing members and new Adults, please register via Clubzapp, by downloading the app to your mobile, and searching for “LSA”. For juveniles that are new to the club,contact Dara on 0876599847.

Fingal County Council is carrying out emergency works in Portrane including the relocation of Seabees at Burrow beach, following on from recent rock armour works completed at Quay Road.The works are required following the recent removal and relocation of the seabees.During 2018 and 2019 and as an interim measure, 1km of Seabee’ concrete units were installed in an optimal position in two phases along Burrow Beach.These Seabees were designed to reduce and delay coastal erosion and were put in place approximately 10m from the dune face until a feasible and effective long-term solution is implemented.Fingal County Council plans to relocate 70 seabees which were recently moved without authorisation causing damage to the dune system at Beach Lane.In addition Fingal County Council’s expert engineers have undertaken a review of current survey data and assessed the current optimal position of the Seabees in order to continue to reduce and delay coastal erosion. Given the changing alignment of the dunes, some of the Seabees will be relocated inland to maintain the original design.The remedial works outlined above commenced recently a