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Fine Gael Councillor, Emer Higgins, donned a Commercials GAA kit to take to the stage as Sporty Spice for the Lip Sync Together fundraiser for St Mary’s and Commercial GAA clubs’.

“I am no Spice Girl and when I was asked by Brendan Murray to take on the role of one I was pretty apprehensive; but when he told me I’d be the only girl in the group I was terrified,” confessed Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“Anyone who knows St. Mary’s and Commercials know you can’t say no to either club. And so, after weeks of training us wannabe’s took to the stage. It was so much fun. There were over 850 people there to support the 17 acts that wowed the crowds. Jonann Reilly stole the show with her amazing performance as Lulu – she was born to be on a stage. Our Joe Dolan was inundated with knickers thrown on stage during his performance and Aishling McGee stunned people with her amazing performance as Beyonce. Despite that, there was nothing like the reaction to Frozen, Sister Act or to Tina Turner who turned 70 during our rehearsals,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins who is a General Election candidate for the area.

When talking about the funds collected, Cllr Higgins stated that “The level of community support for the event was incredible, the room was absolutely buzzing and over twenty-five thousand euros was raised to support both clubs. It goes to show how when a community comes together amazing things can happen. A huge congrats to the organizing committee, in particular Tish, Deirdre and Lorraine, who put so much effort into making sure the event was a success.”

“I believe that sports like GAA, promote amazing competencies amongst people. Skills such as sportsmanship, teamwork and determination are all honed on the pitch. To support initiatives like these is in fact to invest in the future of our community,” concluded Cllr Emer Higgins.

Members of the African community hosted a celebration of diversity, song, dance and fashion to mark World Sickle Cell Day. The event, which took place in Luttreslstown, was addressed by Deputy Jack Chambers and Cllr. Emer Higgins who lent their support to the #SickleCellMatters campaign.

“I was delighted to attend the World Sickle Cell Day celebrations to help raise awareness of the anaemia. Thankfully it’s a rarity in Ireland today, but as modern Ireland becomes more multicultural, diverse and inclusive, unless we promote awareness of the disease we could risk changing that. It’s a genetic condition of which many people, particularly those of African descent, are carriers. Being a carrier doesn’t impact your life but it could impact your child’s,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“I attended the event to support a colleague of mine who has two children with Sickle Cell disease. I wanted to lend my support to her and other families impacted by the disease. They are part of an organisation called Sickle Cell Ireland which promotes awareness of and champions resources for the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. St. Michael’s Ward in Crumlin Hospital provides fantastic care to many of their children and the event raised much needed funds for Crumlin’s Medical Research Fund. The main messages from the event were to give blood because that’s life saving for people impacted by the disease, and for young people of African descent to get tested so they know whether or not they are a carrier before get married or have children,” explained Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“The event itself was fantastic. Brazilian dance, an artistic fashion show, fantastic young singers and all in a beautiful setting. I’d like to congratulate Sakinah and Esther on organising a terrific day and all they do to promote Sickle Cell in Ireland,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.

300K Have Your Say Winners Announced

9:31 AM | Posted by Emer Higgins |

€300,000 has been awarded to fund 15 projects in Clondalkin and Rathcoole, all nominated and voted on by the local communities.

The 2018 Community Participation Budget of €300,000 was awarded to the Clondalkin electoral area after it was drawn at random from a hat by the County’s Mayor. The initiative offered members of the public the opportunity to have their say on how this money should be spent within their community. 230 nominations were made and nominations were shortlisted into 24 projects which were then put out to public vote.

"On a sunny evening Bru Chronain, the Clondalkin Round Tower, hosted an exceptionally positive event for our area. Fifteen projects put forward by the people, and voted on by the people, were awarded a total of €300,000 to transform those ideas into reality. It’s been a fantastic way of engaging the public and a great opportunity for local groups to win the hearts of their community. With over 230 nominations made and over a 1,000 votes cast this 300K Have Your Say initiative really captured the attention of the public,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins at the event.

“There were some really innovative ideas submitted and it was brilliant to see groups like the Clondalkin Mens Shed win public support. A really interesting idea championed by students at Coláiste Bride was amongst the projects funded and will help make Clondalkin more tourist friendly. It was great to see so many sustainable ideas supporting cyclists, encouraging walking and recycling, planting of flowers and signage to bring to life our Irish heritage, amongst the winning projects. Funding was also awarded to provide Christmas lights for the village. Rathcoole had three successful nominations and will receive an acoustic piano and gym equipment for the Community Centre as well as a playground at Forest Hills,” continued Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“My only regret is that no ideas from Newcastle were shortlisted. Unfortunately, none of the proposals made in relation to Newcastle were eligible under the criteria of nominations. The good news for Newcastle is that we’ll shortly be progressing to public consultation for a playspace which I know was one of the most popular ideas put forward there,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“A huge congrats to the fifteen people who put forward their idea and to all those who voted. Proposers now have until the end of next year to collaborate with the Council and utilise their funding to make those ideas community amenities; and they do so knowing they’ve got the backing of our communities,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.

The fifteen successful projects funded are for the renovation of porta-cabin for the Clondalkin Men’s Shed, the establishment of a pedestrian link between the Round Tower and Corkagh Park, restoration of the Old Nangor Road Water Pump, new Christmas Lights for Clondalkin Village, a Community Orchard, flower planting in Bawnogue, Irish signs for Clondalkin village, safety and inclusivity study of Clondalkin public spaces, on-street bicycle pump for Clondalkin village, bottle banks and recycling facilities at Cherrywood, an acoustic piano for the Rathcoole Community Centre, a new playground for Forrest Hills in Rathcoole, WiFi activated self-guided walk of historical trail in Clondalkin, gym equipment for Rathcoole Community Centre and a welcome to Clondalkin hedge sign.


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