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St. Catherine’s Church On Meath Street Re-Opening In November

After almost a couple of years spent fixing the extensive fire damage, and renovating the building completely, St. Catherine’s Church on Meath Street is about to finally re-open it’s doors. According to The Liberty (an excellent local newswire run by the journalism students at Dublin Institute... 

Dublin Inner City Education Fair, To Feature Colleges & Experts (Nov 20)

On the 20th of November a host of colleges, education institutes and experts will converge on the Gresham Hotel in O’Connell Street, to let Dublin city residents know about their options for education and further training. This looks like a very useful event for those who wish to re-start their... 

The National Children’s and Maternity Hospital @ St James’s

As it stands the National Children’s and Maternity Hospital is to be built on the St. James’s Hospital site, which would lead to some regeneration of the area, and added local employment too of course. If you havn’t already viewed the plans put forward by St. James’s Hospital, and... 

Cork Street Park Campaign Urges DCC To Act Via Posters

The Cork Street Park Campaign (Twitter), who aim to turn a derelict site on Chamber Street in Dublin 8, into a public space for all local residents to utilise, have upped the ante by placing posters around the unused site. The posters that urge locals to put pressure on the Dublin City Council (DCC)... 

SkateD8: Local Skateboarders Campaign For Skate Park In Dublin 8

A group of young people from the area have started a campaign to get a skateboard park for the youths of the area to use. They make the point that over 7,000 teenagers attend school in the South West Inner City, and not all of them would like to play football. Related Stories: Cork Street Park Campaign:... 

FRG.ie Monthly Website Statistics – October 2013

IMAGE: Map showing the high concentration of Dublin visitors to FRG.ie in October 2013 (via Google Analytics) This website has really taken off throughout 2013, culminating in our visitor numbers more than doubling in October. There were well over 3,000 visitors to FRG.ie during the month, up from last... 

JOBS: Youth Workers Required for Busy Bees Youth Club (CE Scheme)

We are currently recruiting Youth Worker’s for our new youth club on Bridgefoot Street. Busy Bees is located just around the corner from Thomas Street, and it caters for children from 4 to 14 years of age. Applicants can ring the FRG main office on 01 454 6753 for more information about the posts,... 

Starz Ireland Final – Results, Review, Pics

IMAGE: Kelly Hannon, Starz Ireland 2013 Final Winner, pic by Louise Hannon Photography Saturday 19th October has been marked on my calendar for a while now, so when it finally came, I arrived at Liberty Hall here on Eden Quay in our wonderful city of Dublin to see the Starz final show of 2013. After... 

Weekly Dublin 8 Planning Updates – Week 42, 2013

Not a huge lot going on planning-wise in Dublin 8 this week, apart from the DCC turning down an extension relating to the Windmill Site at the Digital Hub. This site is 3.2 acres in size – huge for an inner city vacant plot – and is home to the largest surviving Smock Windmill in Europe.... 

Halloween Greetings, From The Junior Youth Project

The kids at our after school Junior Youth Project, on Basin Street in Dublin 8, have digitally drawn us some pictures to pass on their festive greetings! The images turned out really vibrant and colourful, the kids should be extremely proud of their creations. These halloween pictures were created as... 

Fountain Youth ‘First Impressions’ Film Premiere Tonight

We are very proud to announce the local premiere of our youth club’s latest film. In St. James’ Parochial Hall, tonight at 6pm, ‘First Impressions’ will be screened to a local audience for the very first time! Tickets can be purchased on the door for just €3, and all proceeds... 

Weekly Dublin 8 Planning Updates – Week 41, 2013

Our articles which relate to Urban Regeneration have been getting a lot of attention recently, so we have decided to run a brand new feature which highlights the major new planning applications for the Dublin 8 area, plus the planning decisions finalised during each week. Here is the 1st installment! NEW... 

Teeling Whiskey Coming Home To Dublin 8

The Fountain Newswire has learned that Teeling Whiskey have applied for planning permission for the conversion of a warehouse in New Market Square into a new micro distillery and tourist centre. Founded by Jack Teeling Teeling Whiskey originated in Marrowbone Lane in 1782. At this time, the James’s/Thomas... 

The Future of St Catherine’s Foyer – Public Meeting (Oct 24)

A Public meeting will be held Thursday 24th October in St Catherine’s Sports Centre at 8:00PM to discuss with the Peter McVerry Trust the future of St Catherine’s Foyer under their management. This meeting is the end point of consultations between the Trust and the Fairness 4D8 Young People... 

Promotion: Creative Parties Dublin, for Birthdays, Hens and Team Building

One Dublin woman has come up with a unique idea that will offer you an alternative type of birthday, hen or team building party in Dublin. From her Docklands base, Ayelet Lalor will treat you and your friends/colleagues to an unforgettable day out. Ayelet will teach you the basics of painting and decorating... 

Public Works To Be Carried Out On Thomas Street/James’ Street

According to the Thomas Street Business Association (TBSA), Thomas Street and James’ Street are to get a new swanky look! Work on the Thomas Street Quality Bus Corridor Enhancement Scheme – funded by the National Transport Agency and Dublin City Council – is to begin over the coming... 

Get The Most Out Of Your Thomas Street Shopfront!

The Thomas Street Business Association (TSBA) have published a useful guide to help traders on Thomas Street to get the most out of their shopfronts! Tips range from scale & proportions to materials, fonts and colours. IMAGE: View of shopfronts on Thomas Street, Dublin 8 – image credit:... 

Guide To Planning & Development For Thomas Street Traders

The Thomas Street Business Association (TSBA) have come up with a handy guide to help you navigate through the various issues involving planning and development on Thomas Street. Stephen Coyne and the TSBA have put together the presentation below, which also includes details of protected structures,... 

Crunch Time For Top Notch – The Starz Ireland Final (Oct 19)

With less than one week to go who is going to be crowned King, or indeed Queen of the Starz’s competition? After months of hard work for all the acts and the judges, it’s crunch time. Top Notch as you may be aware, is a rap and hip hop artist and is in the finals after being saved with a wild card... 

Map Showing The Lack Of Green Spaces/Public Parks In Dublin 8

A local, Richard Cantwell from Geograpic.ie (Twitter), has come up with a map which features green spaces that currently exist within our local area, plus the surrounding areas of the city. The very informative map highlights the lack of parks for residents of this area of Dublin’s inner city. Dublin... 
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