This year’s Dodder Day was a fantastic success with a team of almost 50 strong volunteers gathering at three points along the river on Saturday April 23rd. There was a strong mix of junior and adult volunteers who made a real difference in the three hours covering Balrothery Weir, Watergate – Balrothery Greenway (St Dominics NS) and the cycle bridge at Bawnville – Kilininny.
The weather was ideal and the volunteers including Tallaght Community Council (TCC), parents and students from Scoil Santain and St Dominics and the Kiltipper Ramblers removed almost 10 shopping trollies, TVs, bikes, scrap metal, posters, traffic cones and over 75 bags of rubbish, dramatically improving our waterways.
The volunteers also painted the Bolbrook bridge railings which were very badly rusted. TCC would like to see these bridges upgraded to the same standard as that of Sean Walsh park – their design is very basic, functional and doesn’t add visually to the parkland and waterway setting.
TCC’s Tara de Buitlear said:
“We hope to see more landscaping works on the community greenway to prune back the dense ground cover under the mature trees which are unfortunately litter traps and create blind spots beside the primary school. We also hope the deep tyre marks along the new lighting lampposts are corrected before the grass grows back to ensure a smooth surface underfoot for the Summer.”