Months of hard work paid off for Finglas residents this month when Finglas Village was selected as the best Urban Village in the Dublin City Neighbourhoods Awards. The Northside village beat off tough competition from Sandymount, Raheny, Chapelizod and Drumcondra.
The Awards which are an annual competition for communities, schools and businesses in the city are organised by Dublin City Council and recognise the work done by volunteers to improve the area in which they live and work.
Locals along with some very committed council workers organised weekly clean ups during the long summer evenings, removing litter and overgrown weeds and planting some of the areas which have been empty for many years. Two local Councillors Paul McAuliffe and John Redmond joined the clean ups each week to support the project and to do a bit of hard work as well.
Commenting after the awards Cllr McAuliffe said “I’m delighted that the hard work of people from the area has been recognised and rewarded. We all know there are challenges in the village, particularly trying to attract companies and jobs but this kind of work makes the place feel better and that can only help to attract new projects. Since I was elected in 2009, I have been working with Council officials to put in place a plan to replace the redevelopment promised by Spain Courtney Doyle. I believe the council is now close to publishing that interim plan and I hope we can use it as a platform to improve our historic village.”