Year in Review 2019: September

By Aideen O'Flaherty

AFTER seven years as the parish priest of St Matthew’s Church in Ballyfermot, Fr Joe McDonald, the author of the controversial book ‘Why the Irish Church Deserves to Die’, left the parish after being appointed to a Celbridge parish.

Over the course of his time in St Matthew’s, he said that “what I gave, I gained ten times in return”.

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Scoil Caitlin Maude's windows were smashed during burglary

Scoil Chaitlín Maude in Tallaght received hundreds of offers of help from the community after the school was significantly damaged during a burglary.

Clondalkin garda superintendent Brendan Connolly retired after seven years at the helm in the DMR West division station, capping off his 40-year career as a member of An Garda Síochana. Superintendent James Dalton was redeployed to head-up the station after Supt Connolly’s retirement.

The funeral of father-of-two Vincent Parsons (34), who died two days after he was found in Killinarden with severe head injuries, took place at the Church of the Transfiguration, where he was remembered as “one of the nicest and most honest men you could ever meet”.

Two men from Killinarden have been charged with his murder. 

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Plans for the development of 544 apartments at Gallahers on the Airton Road in Tallaght are lodged with An Bord Pleanála

September was a busy month for planning applications, as plans for the development of 544 apartments at the former Gallaher’s site on Airton Road were lodged, as were contentious plans for the development of a café and an apartment block at the former Cuckoo’s Nest pub.

Lands adjoining St Mary’s Priory in Tallaght Village, with the potential for the development of 204 apartments or 618 student bed spaces, went on the market with a guide price of €5m, while in Lucan, the former Foxhunter Pub on the N4 sold for a price within the region of €3m.

Newborn triplets Lenny, Ted and Bruce, whose parents Chris Deasy and Ali O’Leary are from Tallaght and are members of Thomas Davis, became local celebrities after their parents shared a photo of the three little boys in Dublin jerseys in advance of the All Ireland final – which the Dubs went on to win.

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Up the Dubs! Triplets Lenny, Ted and Bruce 

Conservationists and environmentalists were devastated to the find that the Tallaght wetlands had been “destroyed” after four feet of silt was dumped on the site and levelled. 

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Conservationist Collie Ennis at the site of the Tallaght wetlands after it was discovered covered with silt

Tallaght resident Collie Ennis, of Herpetological Society of Ireland, said that it could take 40 years for the wildlife at that site to bounce back to its previous state.

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