About FRG


The Fountain Resource Group (FRG) is a non-profit Community Organisation providing a range of free community services in the Dublin 8 area.

FRG History

FRG Main Office

FRG Head Office @ St James’ Presbytery (map)

In December 1991, the local Parish Moderator Fr Denis Laverty called a meeting of all the community and voluntary groups, statutory agencies and all other interested stake-holders in the Ashling Hotel, for a day-long conference on the chronic unemployment, massive social exclusion and the underlying poverty suffered by the area.

Unemployment was 90% of the available work force in the local authority complexes. The standard of education in the area was very low due to a high incidence of early school leaving. This was highlighted by a survey carried out by Horizon, through EU funding. Similar to other communities, the high levels of social marginalization in the James’ Street area led to a vicious circle of poverty, drug and alcohol abuse and family breakdown.

The deep concern expressed by those present gave urgency to the development of an innovative strategy of community development. The result of this daylong conference was the setting up of the Fountain Resource Group, the name of which came from a local landmark. From its onset, this group had a strong social partnership ethos as it tried to include and utilize the private, public and community sectors. The Fountain Resource Group examined the gaps in social supports and identified these key areas:

Enterprise: We employ an Enterprise Officer who provides advice and guidance to entrepreneurs.
This service covers the inner city in conjunction with our colleagues in the Larkin Centre, North Strand.

Employment and Training: Through the Community Employment Programmes, we employ upwards of forty people, working in carefully identified niches in the community.

Education: We facilitated the establishment of an adult education programme in conjunction with the local schools and other providers in the South West Inner City.

Citizen’s Information: A citizen information office was established to help local people with their needs.

Local newspaper: Provided relevant community information and news on upcoming events (originally in printed format, now re-launched digitally online).

Senior Citizens: Assisted the Senior Citizens with handling of their administration and employment of a mini-bus driver.


Our Current Community Services in Dublin 8


The Wee Tots Crèche & Pre-School

Phone: 085 204 1202 (Requesting Jackie, Helen or Lorraine) or 01 454 6753 (FRG Main Office)
Address: 2A Basin Street Upper, Dublin 8.
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Breakfast Club

Phone: 01 453 2936 – Tom Brunkard or Helen Meehan
Address: The Basin Centre, Mater Dei, Basin Street Upper, Dublin 8.
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Junior Youth Service

Phone: Tanya O’ Neill at 01 453 2936
Address: The Basin Centre, Mater Dei, Basin Street Upper, Dublin 8.
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Fountain Youth Project

Phone: 087 328 3245 (Paul McDonald), 087 418 9541 (Nicola Mc Gee), 01 453 2936 (Main office)
Address: The Basin Centre, Mater Dei, Basin Street Upper, Dublin 8.
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Busy Bees Youth Club

Phone: 01 454 6753 – Tom Brunkard
Address: Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8.
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Marrowbone Lane Youth Centre

Phone: 01 454 6753 – Tom Brunkard
Address: Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8.
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Senior Citizens

Phone:  01 – 453 2936 Tom Brunkard
Address: St James Parochial Hall, James Street, Dublin 8.
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Counselling Service

Phone: 01 454 6753 – Tom Brunkard
Address: St James’ Presbytery, James Street, Dublin 8.
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Enterprise

Phone: 01 454 6753 – Eoghan Brunkard or Tom Brunkard
Address: St James’ Presbytery, James Street, Dublin 8.
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Dublin 8 Newswire

Phone: 01 454 6753 –  Eoghan Brunkard
Address: St James’ Presbytery, James Street, Dublin 8.
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Information Office

Phone: 01 473 1388 – Pauline Brady or Angela Wilson
Address: St James Parochial Hall, James Street, Dublin 8.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10.30-14.30
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Dublin 8 Community Services

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