More DART and LUAS for north Dublin.

Below is the submission I made to the National Transport Authority on a proposal to serve the Airport with public transport, you can find more about the consultation here.  

I wish to support option C1, which is a combination of HR1 and LR3.  This option involves a DART line to the airport from Clongriffin as well as a Luas line from Cabra to the Airport and Swords.  

I support the mainline spur from Clongriffin to Airport as the DART network covers much of Dublin and, therefore, this option will bring a lot of people to the airport via the DART network.  

I also believe that LR3, the Cabra to the Airport and Swords line, is the best Light Rail option.  I think that to fully provide for the airport, both options should be used.

I live in Cabra and getting to Swords from Cabra via public transport currently requires getting into town.  This option would make this a lot easier.  

However, to reap the full benefits of the Luas line, it should include a stop at Glasnevin Cemetry.  This is a massive tourist attraction and with the increasing popularity of genealogy and the development of the visitor centre and redevelopment of the round tower, a LUAS station here would be very important.  

Film Festival Funding

Did you know that there is European Funding available for Film Festivals?

The total budget available for the co-financing of actions under the scheme is estimated at 3.25M euros

The EU financial contribution will take the form of a lump sum according to the number of European films in the programming between 19,000 and 77,000 euros

There are two deadlines for submission, depending on when the events are scheduled

  • 28/02/2014 for activities starting between 01/05/14 and 31/10/14;
  • 04/07/2014 for activities starting between 01/11/14 and 30/04/15.

Additional Information is available at:

Grant funding from the National Heritage Council

Are you involved in a non-profit organisations such as environmental NGOs, local community groups or a heritage and preservation societies?

700,000K euros  in Grant Aid for Heritage Projects is now available from the  National Heritage Council to support local projects in the fields of national heritage such as : monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways.

Be quick as the deadline is fast approaching-> January 15th 2014

Further information is at:

€1 Million in funding for Youth & Community initiatives in 2014, apply online now, Closing date is January 17th!

The IPB Youth & Community Fund is open to all community or voluntary groups, local clubs or associations, not-for-profit and charitable organisations operating at a local level.

The maximum amount for which any one applicant may apply is €15,000. 
Applications for funding between €2,500 - €7,000 and €10,000 - €15,000 will be considered.

There is no requirement to seek matching funding
The application is basically in two main sections covering a number of questions:
a) Basic information about your organisation
b) Basic project information including the name of the initiative, the needs/problems to be addressed, the targeted population and who will benefit from the initiative.
The Fund will not cover? 
The IPB Youth & Community Fund will not cover items such as the purchase of a building or land; fundraising campaigns and appeals; travel; conference, tuition or course fees etc

Apply online at:

Closing date is January 17th !!!

Sports Capital Programme

The 2014 Sports Capital Programme will be open for applications from 12 noon on Friday, 17 January 2014.

Organisations must register by 5pm on Friday, 7 February 2014.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 28 February 2014.

The Sports Capital Programme is now online in a system called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register).

This will be the only way to apply for grants under any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme.  

Any organisation that wishes to make any future applications must first register online at WWW.SPORTSCAPITALPROGRAMME.IE.  

Register early to ensure that you can apply under future rounds of the SCP.  

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If you have any further queries, do let me know