Award Winning Estates Competition 2022

Clane Tidy Towns is delighted to announce the launch of Clane’s Award Winning Estates competition 2022, thanks again to the generous sponsorship of Clane Project Centre.

The competition is designed to help recognize the great work that residents put into maintaining their Residential Areas. All estates – new and established – are encouraged to enter.

For all of this year’s details, including information on what the judges look for, please see our Entry Pack below. Entry forms can be submitted online below, or printed out and handed to any member of the Tidy Towns committee. Please submit your entries by May 15th if possible so that we can refer to them in our National Tidy Towns application.

The national competition continues to evolve and now places much more emphasis on Sustainability and Wildlife, so we are particularly interested to hear any steps you may be taking to encourage these. E.g. composting of cuttings for reuse, creating mini-meadows, avoiding pesticides, native planting etc. Please see the pack for more information.

Thank you for your continued support – and to the estates that enter: best of luck!

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    If there are any recent initiatives or future plans you wish to bring to the judges attention please summarise them here:

    Support for Ukraine

    A very warm welcome to our new residents from Ukraine, and a sincere thank you to everyone who is working to support and host them.

    Information for People from Ukraine

    Information for people coming from Ukraine to County Kildare is now available online in both English and Ukrainian at https://kildarecoco.ie/SupportsforUkrainiansinKildare/.

    Supporting these efforts

    Please note that there are a variety of ways to support these efforts. E.g.

    • Purchasing boxes of Sow Now Sunflower seeds in Centra and SuperValu to support the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal
    • donating spare bicycles which can be collected and refurbished by https://rivercycles.com/
    • Offering vacant property or spare rooms to people arriving from Ukraine via the Irish Red Cross portal at https://registerofpledges.redcross.ie/#/

    To directly support charities working locally and in Ukraine see:

    The government has provided portals for both individuals and businesses to volunteer or offer their support

    Please contact us with any other information that might be useful to add to this page.

    Le Chéile March 2022 – now available online

    The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

    This issue features updates and articles on:

    • Clane Community Council Subcommittees 2022-2023
    • Wogan-Brown relatives visit their ancestral burial grounds in Clane, February 2022

    If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

    Postponed: Clane Community Council Special General Meeting

    We have to postpone the SGM that was scheduled for Monday March 14th at 8 pm.

    We apologise for the very short notice.

    Very significant differences of understanding exist between Clane Community Council and those who requested the SGM. These differences are in relation to the way in which the meeting will be managed and run. It has not been possible to resolve these differences in time for the meeting.

    We hope to resolve these difficulties in order to reschedule the SGM as soon as possible.

    Le Chéile January 2022 – now available online

    The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

    This issue features updates and articles on:

    • Clane Community Cuncil 2022-2023
    • From the archives, June 1979: extracts from “A list of the names of the Catholic Parish Priests in Ireland in 1704”.

    If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

    Sustainable Clane Judicial Review

    An Bord Pleanála has destroyed Clane’s sustainable Local Area Plan by adding huge “Strategic Housing Developments” and other permissions that together would deliver 525 units instead of respecting the official 145 limit that now applies.

    All 1249 permissions in total since 2017 would result in a 50% rise in population, 1500 additional cars on our roads, and an almost 50% rise in traffic congestion.

    282 units have been constructed since 2017. A further 442 have finalised planning permissions. Of these, 59 are currently under construction and site clearance works for the remaining 383 units commenced in February 2022.

    We are challenging the 525 units beyond these 442 that are already on their way.

    This unplanned building explosion will impact everyone: school-place shortages, after-school activity waiting lists, chronic traffic congestion, pressure on all local services and local amenities.

    Our legal advice is that An Bord Pleanála acted incorrectly and illegally and Clane Community Council and concerned residents have decided to organised legal challenges to save Clane from this massive over-development.

    Unfortunately, this €40,000 Sustainable Clane Judicial Review is our last opportunity to protect a sustainable Clane, but we are encouraged by the fact that 85% of Judicial Reviews of Strategic Housing Developments have succeeded due to An Bord Pleanála acting outside the law.

    One of our judicial reviews has already been conceded by An Bord Pleanála and their decision quashed. Three remaining decisions are the subject of ongoing judicial reviews:

    • Capdoo/Abbeyland: SHD Permission for 333 Units
    • Capdoo/Abbeyland: Permission for 91 Units within the larger site
    • Millicent: SHD Permission for 192 Units

    Depending on the High Court decisions, these two sites have the potential to add 283 or 525 more units, which remains a cause of great concern given the 145 unit housing allocation under existing development plans.

    For more information, to register your support, and to contribute to this campaign for Clane, please visit our fundraising webpage: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/SustainableClaneJudicialReview?id=6288

    Thank you in advance for any support you can give, and please share this message.

    Clane Community Council AGM

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    All are invited to the 48th Annual General Meeting of Clane Community Council which this year will be held online via Zoom on Monday, February 7th, 2022 at 8pm.

    Originally scheduled for January 31st, the AGM has been rescheduled as a mark of respect to the recent passing of Nellie Dillon Forde, RIP, one of our longest-serving members.

    AGM attendees will learn of what the Community Council and its subcommittees have worked on in 2021, and opportunities and plans for 2022 will be discussed.

    This meeting will be held using Zoom. To receive the zoom details please register your interest to attend below.

    We look forward to seeing you.

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      Le Chéile December 2021 – now available online

      The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

      This issue features updates and articles on:

      • Clane Tidy Towns Adjudication Report 2021
      • Clane Community Council Nominations for 2022-2023

      If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

      Le Chéile November 2021 – now available online

      The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

      This issue features updates and articles on:

      • Republican Courts in Clane during the truce period of 1921 by Seamus Cullen
      • Clane Community Council Nominations – open through November 29th

      If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

      Le Chéile October 2021 – now available online

      The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

      This issue announces the Clane Community Council Nominations process for 2022-2023 – open through October.

      If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

      Nominations Open for Community Council 2022-2023

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      The membership of Clane Community Council is renewed every two years using a simple nomination process. Members of the community (see map below) are welcome to nominate themselves, or be nominated, via this web page. Nominations must be received by 6pm on Monday November 29th, 2021.

      For more information on Clane Community Council, please explore this website, or contact any members of the current Council.

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        Le Chéile September 2021 – now available online

        The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

        This issue features updates and articles on:

        • An Enduring Link – a special article by 5th Class, Room 12, Scoil Phádraig
        • Crime in Clane 1922
        • Invitation for Clane Community Council Nominations – open in October

        If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

        Le Chéile June 2021 – now available online

        The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

        This issue features updates and articles on:

        • The Shady Road to Clane
        • Clane Community Council Nominations Open in October
        • Sustainable Clane Judicial Review
        • Clane Community Council Established 1973

        If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

        Adopt a Kilometre of Road and make it Green!

        In recent months volunteers have stepped forward to help litter pick in and around Clane. Groups of volunteers have been out at weekends to collect litter and have it removed with the assistance of Kildare County Council.
        However, there is more to the initiative than just picking litter. It also involves
        learning about the heritage of our countryside and the flora and fauna to be seen
        there. It is gathering momentum and Kildare County Council have launched a green-kilometer initiative to support these efforts. If you are interested in participating please get in touch!

        From the Kildare County Council website…

        Kildare Green Kilometre Scheme
        When it comes to communities looking after their area to deal with littering and dumping, Kildare is well served with a network of Tidy Towns groups in almost every town and village in the county. But Kildare County Council is aware that there are groups and individuals in rural areas who would like to become involved in looking after their own locality. With over 2,500 kilometres of roads in the county, it is hoped that these communities will work to improve these targeted areas.

        So rather than just asking people to pick up litter, we are asking groups and individuals to choose a kilometre of road in their area- preferably a quiet, local road in terms of safety. The group would then commit to maintain the chosen kilometre over the course of a year. Each Green Kilometre will be looked at twice in the year- not to judge, but to offer advice in terms of litter, hedge maintenance, care of heritage features etc.

        Small prizes of some native trees and shrubs are on offer for all projects submitted. More importantly, it is an opportunity for your community to work together on a project that benefits everybody.

        The following examples are some of the activities that can be included:
        • Removing litter
        • Managing hedgerows and verges
        • Restoring heritage features such as old farm gates or walls.
        Permission from landowners should be obtained first and protected structures should only be maintained following professional advice.

        Please remember that the cutting of hedges is banned from March 1st to September 1st

        Applications can be submitted at any time of the year.
        The council looks forward to seeing many green kilometres around the
        county in 2021 and beyond!…….

        If you are interested in participating please make contact with Clane Community Council and Clane Tidy Towns by emailing ClaneCommunityCouncil@gmail.com. Indicate where you live and that you want to help with the Green Kilometre initiative. We can assist you in having your group registered with Kildare county Council.

        In related news Loughanure Area Text Alert Scheme undertook a litter picking day on Saturday 24/04/2021 and many helped to clean up the roads in our area approx. 10Km. A big Thank You to all who took part especially the young environmentalists.

        Le Chéile May 2021 – now available online

        The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

        This issue features updates and articles on:

        • The Down Survey
        • The name Clane and related issues

        If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

        Le Chéile April 2021 – now available online

        The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

        This issue features updates and articles on:

        • The Unfortunate Death of Jack Lattin
        • Energetic Clean-up of the Countryside

        If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

        Clane’s Biodiversity Action Plan Published

        A detailed biodiversity action plan has been created by a cross-community group including Clane Tidy Towns, Clane Parish, local schools, residents’ associations, GreenPine Consultants and Kildare County Council.

        As well as various action points the community can take in the coming years, the document also includes helpful practical advice on how to plan, plant, and manage biodiversity friendly areas in our community.

        Find out more, download the document and get involved at our Biodiversity Action Plan page.

        Le Chéile March 2021 – now available online

        The latest issue of Le Chéile is now available:

        This issue features updates and articles on:

        • Works undertaken by Clane Community Council since 1973
        • Recent initiatives by Clane Tidy Towns and Friends
        • Place Names of Clane

        If you wish to print Le Chéile you can download the issue from above and use the print menu option when you view the magazine. Your computer setup may allow you to choose Booklet Form when printing. Please contact us if you need assistance.

        Clane Autism Friendly Town Online Training Available

        Free Online Training is now available that supports the Clane Autism Friendly Town initiative.

        It explains some practical ways in which we can make Clane Autism Friendly, and the benefits that this gives to the whole community. Everyone is invited to view the material at https://www.olivecontoso.com/Autism-Friendly-Towns-Training-V4.0/.

        The team has also produced the following 3 minute video which introduces the initiative:

        If you have any questions or would like to get involved see the team’s contact details at https://clanecommunity.ie/claneautismfriendlytown/.