Jun 30 2016 The Windy Arbour Heritage Trail, which was launched this week as part of the Dundrum Arts and Cultural festival, is a two hour walk that loops from Clonskeagh to Dundrum which will take walkers through 1300 years of Dublin history.
The new history trail is aimed at students, families, retired people and busy workers who want to keep fit by taking interesting lunchtime walks.
Walking in the footsteps of Local Heroes
Windy Arbour was home to key figures in national history. Some, like teenage patriot Robert Emmet, are far better known than Volunteer Peadar Doyle, who helped to build the revolutionary movement that eventually became the IRA, by teaching marksmanship and giving Irish language classes.Doyle was a member of the Gaelic League, and a passionate Gaelic speaker.
But while Robert Emmett’s speech from the dock and execution after the 1803 Rebellion helped to ensure his place in history, much less is known about Patrick Doyle, who died in Clanwilliam House during the 1916 Rising. The Windy Arbour Heritage Map, which was published this week, highlights a new campaign, backed by his relatives, to erect a more fitting memorial to Patrick Doyle.
Patrick Doyle was a manager at the Dublin Laundry Company. He joined the Volunteers on their formation in 1913 and played a key role in the Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
The Map was developed by local people working through the local busines netowrk
Windy Arbour Village Association
The Windy Arbour Village area is located south of the Dodder River, stretching from Milltown Golf Course in the west to UCD in the East. It includes parts of Clonskeagh, Goatstown and Churchtown. The area is estimated to be home to more than 20,000 people.
The local businesses that set up WAVA five years ago hope the map will help newcomers and fresher students at UCD and other local colleges to to find their way around the area, while encouraging them to support local businesses from Clonskeagh to Goatstown, Churchtown, Roebuck, Dundrum and Milltown.
“We want to encourage people to go outdoors to get some fresh air and exercise while learning more about the neighbourhood, the businesses based here and about our local heroes who are in danger of being forgotten,” said Nicola Curran, owner of Laser Computer, which was one of the local businesses that sponsored the publication of the printedheritage trail in June 2016.
The Trail includes two Riverside walks
Windy Arbour’s two rivers have always attracted businesses, residents and visitors who like walking. The River Slann or Slang runs from Ballinteer via Dundrum through Windy Arbour Village to join the Dodder at Milltown. Throughout the Middle Ages and early modern era, 28 paper, wood, iron, linen and flour mills flourished here.
Robert Emmett and his family lived at Casino on Bird Avenue, while Sean MacBride and his mother Maud Gonne MacBride lived in nearby Roebuck House.
Maud Gonne MacBride was a journalist, artist and political activist who was a close friend of Sinn Fein founder Arthur Griffith. She moved to Roebuck House in 1922 to help her friend Charlotte Despard set up a jam factory there to provide work for the families of those interned during the War of Independence. (1919 -1921).
Roebuck House eventually became the headquarters of the IRA
Maud’s jam making business eventually became the headquarters of the IRA, after her son Sean MacBride rose through the ranks to become IRA Chief of Staff. Sean studied law at UCD and become a lawyer famous for defending IRA hunger strikers.
Sean MacBride later left the IRA and he went on to set up a socialist political party called Clann Na Poblachta . He was elected to the Dail in 1948 and became a Cabinet Minister in the first Inter-party Government led by John A Costello. He was Foreign Minister in the historic Government which declared Ireland a Republic in 1949, set up the Indusrial Development Authority (IDA) and almost eradicated TB.
As a statesman and international diplomat, Sean MacBride founded Amnesty International and was awarded both The Noble and Lenin Peace Prizes. He died in 1982.
Churchtown was once known as Quakertown
The map’s western boundary includes the site of Cuala Industries, where the Yeats sisters Lilly and Lolly set up their crafts and bookbinding business and the trail passes the Quaker Meeting House on Lower Churchtown Road, where local laundry owner Thomas Edmondson worshipped. Many Quaker families lived in Churchtown. Some ran dairy farms, while others were merchants with shops in town.
Like most Friends, laundry boss Thomas Edmondson was known for his high principles and hard work.
He was also Chair of the Rathmines Urban District Council and a fierce critic of the Church-run Magdalene laundries which undercut his business by forcing women to work without pay. Patrick Doyle worked as manager of his pioneering Dublin Laundry, which opened next to Dargan’s Nine Arches viaduct in 1889.
Dundrum cultural attractions
To the south, the map includes Dundrum cultural attractions like Airfield Museum and Urban farm, The Carnegie Library and the Graveyard at St Naithi’s Church as well as Dundrum Town Centre and Dundrum Village Centre
Sponsors of the WAVA Heritage map include John Paul Ireland, (Dundrum Business park), Una’s Hair Salon, (St Gall’s Garden’s South), Laser Computer, (Windy Arbour), Thyroid Support Ireland, and Our Lady’s School, Clonskeagh.
The Parents' Council at Our Lady’s National School, Clonskeagh organised a coffee morning and a cake sale to help fund publication of the map. Parents also played a key role in co-ordinating children who appeared on stage with local children to launch the map.
The Windy Arbour Heritage Map was developed by the local business network, Windy Arbour Village Association, thanks to a business promotion grant from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
Following lobbying by WAVA from 2010-2014, DLR County Council invested more than 100,000 Euro in a new children’s playground on Patrick Doyle Road, where great grandchildren of Patrick Doyle still live today.
WAVA is also keen to recruit new members with energy and ideas to help it pursue more innovative projects in future years.
Windy Arbour Village Association (WAVA) produced the Heritage Map thanks to a great deal of valuable input from local historian John Lennon. It was launched on Sunday June 26th at the Dundrum Arts & Cultural Festival, which has been run by volunteers like Christine and Kevin Hickey for the past 33 years.
“Starving people gathered along the banks of the Dodder River
with many falling and dying by its waterside”
The Dropping Well pub began in business during the Great Famine of 1845 – 1849. We tend to think of the Famine as a rural tragedy, but by the summer of 1847, Dublin was experiencing an epidemic of dysentery, typhus, dropsy and fever. Hoards of starving people were coming from the country to Dublin in search of food, employment and shelter and in hope of getting a ship to England or America.
As the Dropping Well website tells us, starving people gathered along the banks of the Dodder, with many falling and dying by its waterside. The presence of decaying and disease ridden bodies became a great problem for the authorities who needed somewhere to keep the bodies of these unfortunate souls with the hope of trying to identify them before they were buried in mass famine graves.
A John Howe obtained for a license for a Community Morgue / public house on the mill site at Classon’s Bridge. The Dropping Well Pub opened in July of “Black ’47”. The public house business was not a priority for John Howe - his chief concern was dealing with the hundreds of dead and dying people along the Dodder. Howe also became infected and died in1850. His wife continued the family business for a time before passing the premises on to a relative in 1855 . there have been six owners since - the latest is Charlie Chawke.
The Dropping Well even had a role in the introduction of the so called “Holy Hour”, a former unique feature of Irish licensing laws which required all public houses to shut between 2.30 and 3.30pm. There were lots of mills in Windy Arbour and 27 in total along the Dodder. A custom of the times was that Dublin workers, including millworkers were paid at mid-day on Saturday.
Many would then adjourn to the pub for “a few scoops” which, more often than not, turned into a ‘good few’ and the wage packets to support their wives and children were much depleted by the time they got home. We are told that Kevin O’Higgins, a Minister for Justice who lived nearby, noticed this and brought in a new Intoxicating Liquor Act in 1926 to stop workers spending their wages in the pub on pay day. His holy Hour act lasted for 61 years.
But back to Classon’s Bridge. The site of the Dropping Well was previously that of a saw mill set up by a John Classon in the late 18th Century. In order to bring in his raw materials he built a bridge using stone from the river bed. You can still see the arches of the original narrow bridge under the much widened concrete bridge built in 1928.
Thanks to Gay Mc Carron , Editor at Ceiluradh/ Celebration for passing on this fascinating history, which originally apeared in the Holy Cross parish magazine.
Windy Arbour Village Association wants to involve local people in a series
of events celebrating how locals took part in the events of 1916 by
highlighting the role played by Patrick Doyle in the years leading up to
Easter Week and by Sean MacBride during the War of Independence and
in the years after.WAVA is organising a series of historical walks and talks focused on
places associated with four figures important to Windy Arbour history.
Patrick Doyle was killed in Clanwilliam House during EasterWeek, while Sean MacBride fought in the War of Independence and later represented many IRA prisoners in court, before becoming a Government Minister in 1948 and then going on to found Amnesty International. MacBride was awarded the Nobel and Lenin Peace Prizes.
As WAVA is a Business Association, WAVA is also keen to highlight the role played by an important local businessman Thomas Edmondson, who provided a lot of employment here, especially for local women, after he sett up the Dublin Laundry Company herein the 1880s. The site of his famous laundry is directly opposite the venue for our 2016 celebrations. Mr Edmondson was a Quaker who spoke out against the slave-labour conditions in the state-supported laundries which followed independence and the birth of the IrishFree State. As well as running his laundry, which was known for paying decent wages, Mr Edmondson became involved in local government, chairing the Dublin Vocational EducationalCommittee (CDVEC) and the Rathmines & Rathgar Urban District Council, which brought electricity to the district.
Our fourth local hero is Robert Emmet, who lived locally at a house called Casino and who was inspired by the Republican ideas of the French Revolution. He used his inheritance to invent ground-breaking new weapons for use in the 1803 rebellion, for which he was executed.
Robert Emmet and his brother Thomas, who conspired with Wolfe Tone in1798 were raised in the Church of Ireland tradition, but the whole family was heavily influenced by nonconformist ideas, which inspired rebellions in 1798 and 1803. One theme of our celebration is ecumenism – we want to showhow people from all sections of this community continue working together to build a better future for all. We have asked people from Dundrum Methodist Church to help us organise music for the celebration and to help us organise car boot sales to help us to fund the main events we are planning.
By focusing on these four figures, along with their peers and their many famous associates, through a series of history walks and talks starting from local venues, we hope to encourage people to re-evaluate what we mean by republicanism and to ask what we can do to help build Republic 2.0 – an improved version of Ireland for the 21st Century.
We will be involving local schoolchildren in this project in two special ways – by working with schools and drama groups to stage a play at our family fun day and by involving them in writing and art competitions. The play we produce will re-imagine some of the events of Easter Week and also show how people were affected afterwards.
The Family fun day will also include a series of talks by authors and local history experts, as well as an element of celebration with music, dancing,face painting, a bouncy castle and sports activities. We have asked local schools, churches and businesses to help us organise some of these events and we are also planning to employ event management professionals to ensure the event is well managed and the site left clean and tidy. We are hoping the family fun day will take place between June
15th and July 29th 2015 on the green space on Patrick Doyle Road next to the wonderful new playground which was opened by DLR in 2014.
WAVA is hoping that the Chair of DLR County Council could help us to mark the contribution made by our local hero Patrick Doyle by opening our family fun day. Doyle’s contribution was far greater than just giving his life during Easter Week - in the two years before the rising, he was busy teaching the Irish language and showing other Volunteers how to use weapons,
Perhaps DLR may even consider unveiling a stone memorial or plaque at the entrance to
the new playground to commemorate Patrick Doyle next year.
For the fun day,WAVA is encouraging people to dress up in clothing from that period and
WAVA plans to offer prizes for the best dressed, Mam, Dad, Granny,Grandad and Family Group. there may even be prizes for the best dressed pets and owners wearing vintage gear!
We are hoping the fun day can be self-funded to some extent by inviting food and craft vendors to operate stalls and by charging admission to the plays and talks.
We’re hoping the event will result in greater awareness of the role played by local people in national events and that it will contribute to better community relations by giving new residents the opportunity to meet residents who have been living here for longer.
We are hoping to bring history alive by providing opportunities for local people to share stories through workshops. There should be some craft and food stalls, Irish dancing and music provided by local schools, acting troupes and musical groups.The themes that we are addressing include remembrance, re-imagining the past and celebrating the achievements of local people and the enduring organisations they set up, especially Amnesty International, which was founded by Sean MacBride.
As the contributions made by Edmondson and Emmet involved them both trying to use new technologies to improve life for people in Ireland, we will be asking people at our celebration to tell us how they think new technologies can help us to improve life in Windy Arbour in 2016.
So please get involved, and tell us how we can build Republic 2.0
How can we celebrate a century of Windy Arbour History?
Tea dances, picnics, parades Drama, music, walks or lots of talks ?
Tell us what you'd like us to do to celebrate 1916 and WAVA will try to make it happen
With the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the birth of the Irish Republic fast approaching, Windy Arbour wants to know how people here think we should celebrate.
WAVA is getting the ball rolling this week by planning some events with a historical focus - but we'd like to know how you want to celebrate next year.
Windy Arbour Village hopes to mark the birth of our Republic a hundred years ago by focusing on the lives of a few people who have lived near here in the past.
We want to remember the people who came before us, assess the contributions they made in the context of the times they lived in and look at how things can be done better in future
Our least well-known local hero is probably Patrick Doyle, the Dublin Laundry manager who joined the Volunteers when the organisation was first set up, back in 1914. Patrick Doyle had a wife and a family of five children and he worked more than forty hours a week as manager at the Dublin Laundry . Yet he also found time to teach Irish and marksmanship for two years before he died fighting with De Valera during Easter Week 1916.
It would be great if we could do something special to him next Easter.remember
His son, who was also called Patrick Doyle, supported the anti-treaty side in the war of Independence. Patrick Doyle Junior was killed in Wicklow, during an ambush in 1922. Both Doyles are buried in Taney Churchyard and some of their descendants still live on the road named after them.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown has just built a wonderful new children’s playground on the road named after the two Patrick Doyles, so that would be a great place to unveil a rock or statue engraved with their name. perhaps we could ask the Council to erect an information point telling their story.
Sean MacBride also lived locally. MacBride was hailed in Republican circles from the day he was born and although he only arrived in Ireland in 1917, he was soon involved in many of the seminal events of the War of Independence. His father Sean MacBride was exectued after being in the GPO during Easter Week, and MacBride made a huge contribution to Ireland’s first Republic.
We’d love to explore this complicated man and the legacy he left us. That would be impossible without mentioning MacBride’s famous mother Maud Gonne, actress, journalist and convert to Catholicism and Fenianism, and their friends the Yeats sisters, who founded The Cuala Press at The Jam factory, (Headquarters of the IRA) which also operated out of Roebuck House in Goatstown.
Finally, to turn the spotlight on two of our most famous local heroes Robert Emmet, and his brother Thomas Emmet. These two Republican heroes grew up at their ather's home The Casino, near Bird Avenue.As a teenager, Robert hid in a secret room under the lawn during the Rebellion of 1798, which his brother Thomas Emmet had helped Wolfe Tone to plan. The Emmets were brought up in the Church of Ireland, but like many people from Ascendency families, they were profoundly influenced by the Nonconformist and Republican ideas that were fanned into flames by the French and US revolutions. After his father died and left him a small inheritance, Emmet used his money to design new kinds of weapons which were used in the 1803 rebellion. His friend and co-conspirator Ann Devlin was imprisoned for years after his execution, but she kept the identities of his supporters secret, despite huge cost to herself and her family.
Our fourth local hero is Thomas Edmondson, the Quaker businessman who built the ultra-modern Dublin laundry in Milltown near the Dropping Well pub in the late 1880s.
The Dublin laundry provided work for hundreds of local people. Edmondson used the latest technology to build a business which paid decent wages to his workers. Thomas Edmondson was also a fierce critic of the state’s support of the rival laundries that were operated by The Catholic Church on behalf of the state from 1921, where “fallen” women were held against their will and forced to work for slave wages. Edmondson also helped to set up the Dublin Vocational Education Committee and he was active on Rathmines Town Council.
WAVA plans to organise a series of events next year to highlight the contribution made by these and other local people in 1916 and throughout the century that followed .
WAVA is inviting people from all walks of life, and people who may be active in local political parties, clubs or societies to join us in celebrating our heritage.
We are asking you to consider helping us by suggesting what we can do to remember those who have shaped our history so far and to help us chart a new course for a future Republic 2.0
All ideas are welcome – WAVA wants people from every age group and every corner of the globe to get involved and take part.
Windy Arbour Village Association or WAVA is a local business association based around a suburban village in Dundrum, Dublin 14.
WAVA’s Mission is fourfold
1 To provide local businesses with a means of engaging with the local authority and other public bodies and with local people and organisations in order to undertake activities that can improve the business environment in and around Windy Arbour Village.
2 To be a voice for businesses in Windy Arbour by providing local businesses with a forum for discussing issues of mutual interest and to help them engage as a collective group with the local authority and other statutory bodies.
3 To allow Windy Arbour businesses to work together in developing joint marketing initiatives which raise the profile of Windy Arbour as a place to shop and a good place do business.
4 To work with local residents groups and other local bodies and organisations to plan physical improvements to green spaces, car parking and other public amenities which can improve the quality of life in the area and make it a better place to work and shop.
WAVA was founded in November 2011 and is operating as a start-up in the voluntary sector on a not-for-profit basis.
WAVA operates outside the public and private sectors, but it is heavily reliant on both for funding and expertise.WAVA is now in its third year of operation and is in the process of renewing our membership.
WAVA had 346.91 in the WAVA bank Account on September 12 2014.
WAVA has no paid staff, so all services provided to WAVA are performed by WAVA members working on a voluntary basis; by professional contractors who are paid a fee; or through partnerships with people who live locally or are involved with local organisations that support WAVA’s basic aims.
WAVA is primarily funded by its members - more than 20 local businesses that all pay a yearly subscription of 20 euro.As a local business association, WAVA is also eligible to apply for grants to carry out projects.
In 2012 WAVA used a business promotion grant of Euro 1350 to successfully complete four projects. All of these were part-funded by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
5 WAVA Members have demonstrated we can work together to deliver a program of grant- aided projects on budget, by resolving numerous problems which arose and working to resolve these with DLR Co Council.
6 Public reaction to WAVA’s first two years of operation has been generally positive, however it would be better if the organisation could agree on a formal constitution.
7 WAVA’s membership is growing. Four new members were recruited in 2013, while two firms left. The network has members from across the whole of the Windy Arbour Area, so it is quite representative.
8 The Windy Arbour Village Brand is gaining recognition, thanks to WAVA’s logo design competition, which has produced more than 100 images of what makes Windy arbour a great place to live. These were produced by local schoolchildren in 2013
9 Positive Publicity in local newspapers and on local radio has helped WAVA to get established.
10 WAVA's a web site www.windyarbour.webs.com, allows members to communicate privately at no cost and oour Facebook page, which is useful for publicising updates
11 WAVA has no physical resources and no employees, so its management infrastructure is weak. It is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions of time by Committee members.
12. New Committee members are needed to allow WAVA’s continued operation, but most members find it difficult to take an active role .
13 Finding places to meet proved a challenge for WAVA in 2011 and 2012, however new locations, such as Our Lady’s School may be possible since the school became a WAVA member in 2013.
14 Finances – WAVA operates on a minimal budget. Its income consists of the yearly membership fee of 20 euro, which was agreed in 2011, along with any income it can earn or any grant funding it can avail of. WAVA’s member ship fee is lower than the 100 euro fee charged by other larger business networks such as CBA or I Love Terenure.
15 WAVA organised a free Santa Claus carriage ride for local parents and children on December 8th 2012 and 2013, which was popular with local people. The cost was 400 euro.WAVA needs a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Chair who can work together and with other committee members to develop future strategies. Please let us know if you have any ideas to promote the area or which would help to improve the business environment here.
The current Secretary is Shan Kelly and the Treasurer is Michael Austin
16 DLR is willing to work with WAVA on a Village Upgrade Plan.A partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to help develop plans to improve the Windy Arbour Village Area was offered by DLR’s Estates Management Unit in January 2013.While engaging with DLR on planning such a project could eventually produce manybenefits for tmembers, it may require a level of sustained engagement and professionalexpertise not easily accessible to WAVA. Members should discuss this offer at the AGM.
17 Building on the Windy Arbour Village brand A partnership with Our Lady’s School which involved WAVA creating and selling items with a Windy Arbour Village logo could be fruitful. This might involve WAVA producing Windy Arbour Village branded items such as bags, calendars, mugs and other items . This could provide WAVA and the school with a joint income source and also contribute to increased local pride.
18. Historical Focus Working with DLR and heritage organisations to develop a walking trail through Windy Arbour Village which could highlight the history of this area . An urban walking trail could also be used to create events around our 1916 heritage and to attract visitors to Windy Arbour. One focus for taking this forward could be to build stronger links with the Secretariat of Secondary Schools, which has offices in Emmet House, the former home of Robert Emmet on Bird Avenue.
Which of the lovely Windy Arbour logo designs is your favourite?
Press Release June 20 2013
Windy Arbour Village Association Summer Holiday Competition
Local Kids are being invited to help WAVA highlight what is great about Windy Arbour Village.The Group is asking local kids to help usdesign a new WAVA logo for Windy Arbour Village that is easy to read and eye catching.
WAVA is a not-for profit group set up by local businesses in 2011. The group has 25 members. Most are local businesses that provide jobs and supply essential goods and services to people all over Dublin 14.
WAVA wants kids to design a logo for Windy Arbour that will help us to explain why the group was set up and what it is trying to do.The logo should make people want to visit Windy Arbour.
WAVA is offering the overall competition winner a notebook computer, while the winners in each of the four age categories and runner up prizes will receive book tokens .
The design could reflect the fact that an arbour is defined as a shelter made out of trees, with living plants forming the walls and the roof. Where do you think the word Windy in our village name came from?
Your WAVA logo could also include some of the people who were important in Windy Arbour’s history. Some examples of local heroes in Windy Arbour include 1916 hero Patrick Doyle, 1803 Rebel leader Robert Emmet and the Quaker businessman Thomas Edmondson, who lived here and built the Dublin Laundry nearby in the 1880s.
We are hoping that Dublin 14 Kids’ ideas will be much better than ours.
WAVA’s main instruction is that your logo should be as imaginative as possible, and that it should fit on to an A4 sheet, so that it can be reproduced easily in different sizes.WAVA has included a few images here of some of its logo ideas, so you get an idea what it is looking for.
The Deadline for entries is Midnight on October 1st 2013.
There are 4 age categories. They are 1. four and under
2. Aged 5 to 8
3. Aged 9-12
4 Aged 12-18
WAVA members communicate mainly via email, Facebook and through the www.windyarbour.webs.com web site, which has Facebook- like messaging features.The WAVA website - here - has lots of history on the Dublin 14 urban village and what the traders there are trying to do.
How to Enter - By October 31st 2013
You can send your entry by post or email to Shan Kelly,Treasurer,Windy Arbour Village Association, (WAVA). 59 Mulvey park, Windy Arbour. If you aree entering by email, scan your A4 design and save it as a .jpg file and sendt hat file to [email protected] as an attachment
Don’t forget to write your name write your name, address, school, and your age on a separate sheet or in the body of your email, NOTon the front of your design.
If you like, you can also tell us a little bit about your logo design and how you came up with it.
Maybe you could give your design a name or also tell us a bit about why you like Windy Arbour. Or tell us which of our logos you like best and why. Thanks for helping us to make Windy Arbour a better place
Happy Summer Holidays from WAVA:)
For more details: Contact Shan Kelly, WAVA Communications Officer on 086 6641667
in Olivemount House
Following a meeting of members lin January 2013, WAVA established a Committee with some new roles . Michael Hogan agreed to act as temporary Chair, while Ann Gorman acted as secretary. Michael Austin continues as Treasurer, with support from Shan Kelly, who continues as Public Relations Officer.
WAVA has now completed the first stage of our Two Greens Project. We commisioned Dublin stonemason Philip Glover to engrave our two granite name stones at either end of Windy Arbour Village. The first is on the grass at the entrance to Mulvey Park and the second is on the grass opposite Glasson Court, alongside the Slang river.
Three WAVA members also met with officers from DLR Parks dept this week and we had a really useful discussion about ways to improve the two green spaces and other public spaces in the village.
Many thanks to Philip Glover for doing a great job on our namestones. Our two new village namestones look really great, ands there is still space on them for more engraving if any residents groups want to organise that. Many thanks also to Mary White, Community Worker with DLR County Council who sourced the stones for us.
We are also really pleased that the Tus carpentry porject organised by Tim Reidy for the Southside Partnership has made and delivered the first two of our flower planters, which also look very good.
Nikki from Laser Computers has purchased the first flower trough, which has signage attached and a few other businesses around the village have also decided to order a flower trough. Tus is working on a slightly different design and the next planters, for Costcutter and Lynch's Craft Butchers and Indulge hair and beauty, should be ready before Christmas.
We need to get them planted as soon as possible so we ae looking for help from local residents and groups to help us do that. if any WAVA members would like to order a planter, please let us know as soon as you can. The cost is only Euro 120.
This week we also continued to plan our Christmas visit from Santa. We have hired a horse and cariage to help Santa tour Windy Arbour, as we heard his sled has failed its NCT test due to high emissions.
Santa will visit us on Saturday 8th December. He will be in the Credit Unionn for 11.30 and he hopes to pop into the Corner House pub for lunch.
If any businesses would like him to visit to give customers a ride in the carriage WAVA has loaned him for the day, let Shan know on 086 6641667 or email [email protected]