The Parents Association of Malahide Community School is holding a Plant Sale on Friday May 6th from 3pm to 6pm and on Saturday May 7th from 10.30am to 5pm. It takes place in the school canteen and there will be lots of colourful flowers window boxes, hanging baskets and more for sale. Everyone is welcome so please come along and support our first fundraising event in over 2 years.

Malahide Historical Society are pleased to announce the launch of our new website at malahideheritage.ie. The new, more modern format, as well as being easier to navigate, will facilitate the addition of more content as the Society plans to share more from its extensive archive of material on the history and heritage of Malahide, Portmarnock and surrounds. Click on the link above and save us to your Favourites. The Society is open to new membership. For an annual fee of only €15 members will get priority access to our winter/spring series of monthly talks on local and national historical topics (shortly to recommence in person) - receive three issues per year of our Newsletter - get opportunity to take part in occasional field trips - support the society in its work of promoting interest in local history, carrying out historical research, running talks, maintaining the website and running a museum in the Steward’s House, Malahide Castle Courtyard (due to reopen this summer). Come join us - email us at malahidehistoricalsociety2@gmail.com PADDY RYAN, President.

Malahide Lions Club, the Organisers of the Malahide Classic and Vintage Motor Show, are delighted to announce their new sponsorship partner Carole Nash Insurance Consultants (Ireland) one of Ireland’s largest motorcycle insurance specialists – now offering insurance cover for not just motorcycles but classic cars too. Carole Nash’s support will help ensure a quality event while raising funds for worthy causes. The Malahide Classic and Vintage Motor Show will take place at the Grand Hotel in Malahide on Sunday 22 May and will feature some rare and expensive cars. This will be the ninth running of the event which attracts car lovers and families from across Leinster and is likely to be the only show of its kind in the Dublin region this year. Expect to see up to 100 beautiful old cars on display ranging from old British classics like Austins, Triumphs and Jaguars to American brands and continental marques like Mercedes, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen… the list goes on…. There will also be one or two special featured vehicles as well as ice cream and games for children. Colm Tully, Managing Director of Carole Nash Ireland, said “We’re really proud to be supporting The Malahide Classic and Vintage Motor Show. It’s a great event for the local community and one not to be missed for Classic Car enthusiasts. There’ll be a fantastic range of vehicles on display, with all of the proceeds from the event going to two very worthy causes!” The Show will open at 11.00am and admission will cost €5 per adult, no charge for children, with the entire proceeds going to two important causes - Ukraine humanitarian relief and Family Carers Ireland.

Malahide Historical Society are pleased to announce the launch of our new website at malahideheritage.ie. The new, more modern format, as well as being easier to navigate, will facilitate the addition of more content as the Society plans to share more from its extensive archive of material on the history and heritage of Malahide, Portmarnock and surrounds. Click on the link above and save us to your Favourites. The Society is open to new membership. For an annual fee of only €15 members will get priority access to our winter/spring series of monthly talks on local and national historical topics (shortly to recommence in person) - receive three issues per year of our Newsletter - get opportunity to take part in occasional field trips - support the society in its work of promoting interest in local history, carrying out historical research, running talks, maintaining the website and running a museum in the Steward’s House, Malahide Castle Courtyard (due to reopen this summer). Come join us - email us at malahidehistoricalsociety2@gmail.com PADDY RYAN, President.

 Fingal County Council is to hold a series of public consultation events to promote a greater understanding of the Draft Development Plan 2023-2029.

A webinar was held online on Tuesday, March 22, followed by four drop-in events in different locations across the county. At each event staff from the Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department was available to brief the publicand answer questions on the Draft Development Plan.The Malahide Drop-In event will take place between 4pm and 8pm on the following date: April 20 -The Lecture Room, Malahide Library, Malahide.The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh said: “The webinar and drop-in events are excellent opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the Development Plan from members of the Fingal County Council Planning Department. The Development Plan will affect every individual, family and community so it is important that citizens are aware of it and make submissions on what they like and don’t like in it.” Fingal County Council’s Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure, Matthew McAleese, said: “Going out and explaining the Development Plan to citizens is a very important part of the consultation process and we look forward to meeting people at the drop-in events or speaking to them on the webinar. I am sure they will have plenty of questions and our planning team are looking forward to engaging with them over the coming weeks.Queries can be also forwarded to Fingal.DevelopmentPlan@fingal.ie.” The Draft Development Planis available for download from the fingal.ie/developmentplan website. It can also be inspected at Fingal County Council’s offices in Swords and Blanchardstown or any Fingal Libraries branch. Submissions on the Draft Development Plan must be received by 11.59pm on May 12 and can be made online at www.consult.fingal.ie or by post to the Development Plan Team, Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin, K67X8Y2.

Malahide United are delighted to announce a successful Sports Capital Grant allocation of €19,737 towards sports equipment for the new all-weather pitch and a ball stop. The continued support of Darragh O’Brien TD and Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien is greatly appreciated by everyone at Malahide United

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A picture album of the great work being carried out by the volunteer crew of allotment holders - AKA- the Water Rats - as they look to take control of the draining and alleviation of flooding issues that has blighted the facility in recent years. Despite challenging conditions inclement weather, the good news is that progress is being made and the drain ditches and now helping to empty the surface water that has limited access to holders in recent times.

Malahide Lions recently presented cheques to St Francis Hospice and the RNLI Howth. Malahide Lions is proud to give ongoing support to two great organisations who provide wonderful care and rescue services to the community. These donations were raised through the Christmas Appeal and would not be possible without the generosity of the people of Malahide.

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The close ties between Ireland and New Zealand were on display today as Ambassador Brad Burgess visited Malahide Castle and Gardens for a special silver fern planting ceremony to help commemorate Waitangi Day. The silver fern is a species endemic to New Zealand, dating back to the Pliocene epoch (around 5 to 1.8 million years ago). It has been accepted as a symbol of New Zealand’s national identity since the 1880s and has special significance to the Māori people as the elegant shape of the fronds stood for strength, stubborn resistance, and enduring power.The visitor attraction at Malahide is well known for housing a tremendous range of species from the Southern Hemisphere thanks to the 7th Baron Malahide, Milo Talbot, who introduced many rare trees and shrubs to the grounds. Over the last 12 months work has been undertaken to further expand the collection of New Zealand flora at the site, with over 25 different varieties of Phormiums planted. The special New Zealand Garden within the grounds also features a Māori hut and a stunning Pouwhenua sculpture by Irish woodcarver Richie Clarke. The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh, said: “Kia ora e kare ma, Fáilte romhat go Mullach Íde! I am delighted to welcome Ambassador Burgess for this commemorative silver fern planting ceremony to help celebrate Waitangi Day. New Zealand Ambassador, Brad Burgess, said: “It’s great to be able to be here to add to the New Zealand Gardens in Fingal, and especially to see such a wonderful silver fern coming into the collection. Waitangi Day is a really important celebration for all New Zealanders around the world, the birthdate of our modern nation. There’s a significant Irish connection too, as William Hobson who crafted the treaty was born in Waterford and became our first Governor.

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The Grand Hotel has been at the heart of Malahide for well over a century and a half and we wish the Ryan family and staff well during these difficult times for hospitality. But here is one occasion when the Grand Hotel appears to have been relieved to see a booking cancelled.101 years ago on 4 January 1921 someone booked a subscription ball in the Grand Hotel on behalf of a company of the RIC Auxiliaries but, on security grounds and on push-back from the manager of the hotel, it was decided to change it at the last minute to St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle. In his book “The Last Days of Dublin Castle” senior civil servant at the Castle Mark Sturgis gave an account of this strange event in these diary entries:””I got hold of Darling who discreetly discovered that these gentlemen intended to trail their coats and themselves from Dublin to Malahide, armed to the teeth, in Government cars. Jonathan wished the whole circumstances put – unofficially as far as the Under Secretary was concerned – before (General Sir Henry) Tudor who expressed disapproval and the ball was off”.”Spooner interrogated is slightly comforting as to safety as he says it is arranged for Auxiliaries to be on guard at the Gate to scrutinise their own guests – but the cheek of the whole thing is incredible”.”Officials who work, and many of whom have lived in the Castle for months, must now have passes with photographs to get into the place at all, yet these beauties can almost without by your leave or with your leave import a pack of women of whom nobody, with the possible exception of themselves, knows anything at all. Interesting to see when I get back tomorrow whether the Shinns have got in disguised as buxom wenches or whether, failing this, the whole place has been fired up by the festive ex-officers themselves”.The Irish Times of Jan 5th 1921 reported that there were 400 people at the ball and that an excellent buffet supper was served during the musical intervals by the DMP band. The dancing continued until 5am on January 5th.