Year in Review 2019: December

THE lead up to Christmas was tinged with tragedy following the death of two young mothers on December 18.

Nadine Lott (30) from Arklow died from injuries, days after an alleged assault with Clondalkin man Daniel Murtagh, who was charged in relation to the incident.

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Nadine Lott

 Meanwhile, Tallaght woman Annmarie Hooper, who was in her 30s, died when the car that she was travelling in struck a lamppost on Butterfield Avenue in Rathfarnham.

The other occupant of the car, Dean Coleman (24) was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Also on December 18, Ronanstown gardai arrested three males following the shooting of a man in Clondalkin – in this case the victim’s injuries not thought to be life threatening.

In better news across the county, there was numerous volunteer led events to raise funds for charity ahead of Christmas. 

The biggest was the annual Laurels Cycle Crew Santa Cycle, which saw close to 400 people cycle from Phoenix Park to Clondalkin Village, raising funds for CMRF Crumlin.

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Laurels Cycle Crew Santa Cycle

The Echo raised €3,000 for the Tallaght COPD Support Group, as a result of a 500km static bike challenge in The Square for their annual fundraiser.

An anonymous donor halted the closure of the Manna Charity Shop in Brookfield after rates of €1,200 for next year were paid, following a failed attempt by the not-for-profit to secure an exemption.

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Manna Charity Shop in Brookfield

The Echo visited Cherry Orchard Community Garden, who plan to cultivate approximately 260 tonnes of manure from the adjacent Equine Centre, and sell it as compost in the Spring.

Residents of Scholarstown Park in Knocklyon are none too pleased with developer plans to build 480 build-to-let apartments and 110 build-to-sell apartments at the site of the former home of ex-Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.

A man was charged with suspected endangerment following a late-night car chase, which began in Rossfield Avenue in Tallaght, saw two patrol cars damaged, and was ended with an arrest after a controlled stop by detectives on the M50.

Plans for over 1,000 homes at Kilcarbery lands in Clondalkin, were approved by An Bord Pleanála.

Corkagh Park could see the addition of a year-round indoor events facility, a café and markets as part of visitor enhancement works by South Dublin County Council, set to cost in the region of €5.6m.

Calls were made by Union reps for a dedicated transport police after a number of bus routes in West Tallaght were pulled due to anti-social behavior, with the 27, 77a and 65b all curtailed at some point.

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More than 80 people in Jobstown have undertaken HSE SafeTalk training in a community-led response to suicide prevention

More than 80 people in Jobstown undertook HSE Safe Talk training in a community-led response to suicide prevention and wellbeing that is being rolled out in Tallaght.

Patronage for the new 1,000 pupil secondary school for Citywest and Saggart - due to open in September of next year - was awarded to the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB).

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