Raheny Tidy Village Group
Who we are
The Raheny Tidy Village Group is a volunteer organisation which works to protect and improve the environment of Raheny for the benefit of the residents of Raheny and visitors to our village.
Our Vision for Raheny
An attractive, sustainable and well maintained coastal village with a vibrant local community. A village which is a pleasant place to live, work and do business. A place where the needs of all the community are respected. A place where the community can be proud to live and welcome visitors.
We propose to achieve our objectives by:
Collaborating with local business, Dublin City Council, schools and other voluntary groups in the area on projects to enhance the environment in Raheny Village.
Working on sustainable improvement projects for Raheny. Examples are the rain water harvesting project, leaf composting project, sustainable planting projects, the pollinator project and Santry river survey
Protecting the heritage of Raheny, working to develop Raheny as a tourist destination and by exploiting our location in the Dublin UNESCO Biosphere.
Advocating for Raheny and seeking maximum inputs from local and central government and monitoring the performance of those organisations.
Supplementing the work of the local authority in maintenance of the public realm in Raheny. This would include litter picking, grafitti removal and leaf clearance.
In 1992, there was a small group, led by Ann Sheeran, who met informally each Saturday in the Raheny library grounds and tidied the village centre. In 1998, Seamus Griffith became chairman and Con Clarke was appointed coordinator. The group also started a working relationship with the RBA in 1998.
The Raheny Tidy Village Group was commissioned by the then RBA Secretary, Dick Hooper, and RBA Chair, Pat Cronin, to reorganise the Tidy Village programme. This was done using a Raheny development programme commissioned by the RBA .
Some of the key projects we were involved with over the years, and mainly in conjunction with DCC and the RBA, are:
- developing the bridge over the Santry River
- developing the Rath (cobblestone area in the village centre)
- relocating the Marie Hayes statue from the bottom of Main Street to the Rath
- erection of 'You are Here' signs in the village
- upgrading the footpaths in the village
- developing the Raheny Way: three looped walks from Raheny Village
- developing of the Heritage trail (in partnership with the Raheny Heritage Society)
- planting in flower beds, hanging baskets and planters in the village centre
- achieving the designation of Age Friendly Village
- restoration of the historic pump at the bottom of Main Street
In the early, days the group was financed by the DCC and the RBA. From 1998 onwards, the Raheny Tidy Village Group started its own fundraising, doing bag-packs and sending letters of appeal to local businesses. We also receive grants from DCC. In 2020, we had our first online fundraiser on a gofundme page.
Seamus Griffith was chairperson until 2019, when John Herbert took over. Frank Nash became chairperson in 2020.
Tidy Towns Competition
Raheny has entered the national Tidy Towns competition since the 1990s. We won our first bronze medal in the Tidy Towns national competition in 2015. We maintained a bronze medal in 2019 in with a score of 324 marks. This was a significant increase on last year’s score of 314 with gains in all judging categories. The group received runners up prize for ‘The Raheny Way’ walks in the Tidy Town Special Award for Sustainable Development. The criteria were to either create a new community walkway or build on an existing one in your community. There was no contest held in 2020 due to Covid Restrictions.
For more about the Tidy Towns competition, visit the TidyTowns website.
Our logo was designed by Una Healy Design in June 2021 and we love it!
The 'A' in Raheny represents the iconic cottage windows of the Crescent Cottages in the village centre and represents the long history of the village. The graduated blue represents the sea and the simple green branch represents the abundant nature in Raheny.