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Covid 19 – Public Health Advise

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Health advice

Updated measures in response to COVID-19 (24 March)

  • if you have a fever or a cough, you should stay at home regardless of your travel or contact history
  • if you’ve returned from any other country, you should restrict your movement for 14 days
  • all household contacts of a suspected case (that is, a person who is awaiting a test or test result) should restrict movements until the test is reported negative or for 14 days
  • all non-essential indoor visits to other persons’ homes should be avoided

All people are advised to:

Greystones St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020

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Due to the possible threat to public health from the COVID-19 virus, a decision has been made to cancel the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Greystones. Greystones Municipal District regrets any inconvenience caused.

This year’s Greystones St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be bigger and better than previous years with your help and continued support.

  • Time: 12.00 noon – Groups should gather at 11.30 a.m
  • Location: Commences Park & Ride car park
  • Route: South Beach – Church Road – Old Cinema
  • Reviewing stand: Church of Ireland, Church Road

Greystones Municipal District organises a St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year, and all local businesses, organisations and clubs are invited to participate. Download the application form here. Please return to the Greystones Municipal District, Mill Road, Greystones by Friday 21st February 2020. Clubs/Organisations – €20 Commercial – €40 (Cheques should be made payable to Wicklow County Council).

Prize categories & awards presentation

Winners are presented with trophies at an awards night hosted in the Civic Offices. The prize categories are:

  • Most Original Entry
  • Most Colourful Entry
  • Best Uniformed Organisation
  • Best Traditional Irish Entry
  • Most Topical Entry
  • Most Entertaining Entry
  • Best Social/Cultural Entry
  • Best Sports Entry
  • Best Commercial Entry
  • Best Musical Entry
  • Overall Parade Winner

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Window Display Competition

On behalf of the Greystones Municipal District, we are again organising a Window Display Competition this year in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and it is hoped that all traders in the town will participate and decorate their shop windows for our national day.

There is no fee or entry form required for the competition. Traders who decorate their windows will be automatically included in the competition and an independent body of people will judge the windows. Your participation will lend a festive air to the town and give visitors an opportunity to stop and admire. The Window Display Competition always generates good publicity for those who take part.

The results of the competition will be announced when the winners of the various categories in the parade are published. We look forward to your participation in the competition and wish you every success.

Enquiries to Kay Coughlan, Greystones Municipal District – Tel: 2876694 / 2878448 E-mail: Kcoughla@wicklowcoco.ie / GreystonesMD@wicklowcoco.ie.

 

Two hours free parking in Greystones on each Saturday for the month of December

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Shoppers will enjoy two hours free Christmas parking in all Pay and Display Parking areas in Greystones on each Saturday for the month of December.

This initiative to support local business was agreed by the Cathaoirleach and Members of Greystones Municipal District who are encouraging shoppers to avail of the free parking to shop locally and enjoy the range of services on offer in Greystones.

Wardens will be on duty to monitor and enforce illegal parking each Saturday.

Free parking is available in the car parks at South Beach, Trafalgar Road and La Touche Road throughout the year, every Saturday and throughout the town on Sundays.

There are 460 free parking spaces available in  Greystones Park & Ride car park 365 days of the year.

Free parking daily between 9 am and 10 am and 15 minutes grace period is allowed on commencement of parking.

Cashless parking is available in Greystones using Parking Tag which allows motorists to park by phone and extend parking times without returning to the vehicle.  Details available on www.parkingtag.ie, motorists can register online or on the Parking Tag mobile app.

New Wicklow local currency app goes live

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An app supporting a new local currency for Wicklow has gone live in app stores in recent days.  Supported by over 60 local businesses, the VillagePod app supports a new local currency called ‘VillageCoin’, which is tied one-for-one with the euro. With a dedicated team of six based from Bray, VillagePod is a platform to help local communities thrive which puts local businesses right at the centre. The platform was conceived and developed as a result of a recognition that local businesses would benefit from a platform that champions them and addresses the technology and marketing disadvantage that many local businesses experience. The platform aims to help people make spending local a habit.

VillagePod founder, Cormac McKenna said “We have been hugely encouraged by the strong take up of VillagePod from local businesses.  We started this journey when people told us that they really valued their local businesses and our mission is to help those businesses harness the goodwill that people already have for them.  These businesses are the fabric of our local communities and our team is excited to be able to support them.  We are also very happy to have received assistance from the Local Enterprise Office in Wicklow which has been key to our ability to launch the platform.”

The platform works by allowing consumers to top up the app from their bank accounts using a debit card and then pay with their smartphones. Retailers can accept payments from customers with a small tablet or even a phone.  The platform already supports payments to retailers and will shortly also support payments from person to person.  It will also integrate loyalty and rewards features for retailers and digital gift cards which will allow retailers to sell gift cards from social networks like Instagram.

A core feature of the platform is the nomination by each retailer of a local ‘cause’ – such as a charity, sports club or school – which the retailer supports each time a consumer makes a purchase. Overall costs for business are similar to a typical charge for accepting a credit card.

Louise O’Neill, VillagePod Partnership Manager said “More local businesses are coming on board every day and we welcome all businesses wishing to take payments from the public to contact us and get started on VillagePod – it’s free to set up. The platform has been operational now for several weeks in test retailers. A big selling point for retailers is that we are bringing them a platform that up to now has only been available for larger businesses which make huge investments in IT and marketing. We’re making these capabilities easily accessible for smaller businesses in a way that resonates with the public.” Louise added: “As well as prominent local ‘main street’ retailers, we’re also now seeing many small businesses such as physiotherapists that up to now only take cash payments adopting VillagePod instead of having to go to the hassle and expense of setting up with a credit card provider.”

Greystones retailer Susan Collins, Home of Hair, said “VillagePod is a great way to bring a community together by encouraging people to support local small businesses. I am from Greystones and have been active in my community all my life but through VillagePod I am able to effortlessly give back and support Bray Women’s Refuge through the percentage that goes to my nominated charity.”

“We are excited to be part of VillagePod. It’s such a super and simple idea.  There is such a buzz amongst local businesses and customers already” stated Lauren O’Sullivan from Dockyard No. 8.

Some VillagePod supporting retailers:

  • Alter Me Alterations
  • Amphibian King
  • Arcade Jewellers
  • Bear Paw Delgany
  • Bear Paw Deli Theatre Lane
  • Bochelli
  • Box Burger
  • Brady’s of Greystones
  • Burrito Box
  • Butler & Barry
  • Café Grey
  • Camile Thai Restaurant
  • Cow Fish
  • Creole Food
  • Daata Greystones & Bray
  • Danns Bar
  • David Dodds Pharmacy
  • David Martin Hair Design
  • Dockyard 8
  • Doggy Wood Grooming
  • Dream Delights
  • Eleven Deli
  • Enso
  • Farrellys Butchers
  • Finnbees Coffee
  • Fiona Roche Pharmacy
  • Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy
  • Four Front Games
  • Galito Tapas, Grill, Wine bar
  • Giulio’s
  • Halfway down the Stairs
  • Horse & Hound
  • House of Style
  • Ladies Work out Express
  • Lash Envy
  • Nature In
  • oHSo
  • O’Sullivan’s Bar
  • Platform Pizza
  • Powerscourt Arms Hotel
  • Purple House Charity
  • Rainforest Spa
  • Ripasso Bray
  • Saint Vincent De Paul
  • Spendlove Kitchen
  • Studio LR
  • Susan Collins Home of Hair
  • The Anchor
  • The Beach House
  • The Boatyard Gallery
  • The Burnaby Lounge
  • The Happy Pear Church Lane
  • The Happy Pear Shoreline
  • The Harbour Bar
  • The Hearing Clinic
  • The Parting Glass (Wine Shop)
  • The Village bookstore
  • Vanity Fur
  • YWCA Coolnagreina

(Note the rollout of the platform is continuing and not all of these retailers have begun accepting payments on VillagePod as of the date of this release.)

About VillagePod

VillagePod was established by Greystones businessman Cormac McKenna in early 2019 and is now a team of six based on the seafront in Bray. The platform operates under the EU Payment Services Directive Limited Network Exclusion which allows payments platforms to operate in local areas in advance of obtaining approval from the Central Bank of Ireland. The initiative has received funding from the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow.

See villagepod.app for more information.

 

Ladies Night Greystones 2019 – Thursday 28th November

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Having embraced the rockin’ Ladies Night ever since it started,  this year’s one-day love-in has all the hallmarks of another groovy Greystones gathering. If you have been before, you’ll be back…. If you haven’t you are in for a treat – well loads of treats actually!

From one end of the town to the next, there will be bargains, buskers, free booze and big love.

Yep, it’s all happening on Thursday, November 28th, and here, we’re going to pull together all the best that the night has to offer.

One very special treat for the night is Las Tapas‘ spanking new cocktailThe Greystonian – which is Prosecco-based with Grey Goose vodka and passion fruit puree in the mix. Normally €9.50 for this mule kicker, but Sinan and co will have you shaken and stirred for just €5 on the night.

BOOM!

Barry and Shelley at Eleven Deli will be opening late for the night too, serving up nibbles and bubbly, of course, and giving a 10% on all hampers bought on the night. Yum!  Over at Camile on the night, you’ll get a free glass of Prosecco when you’re sitting down to their Ladies Night special – a three-course meal (starter, main & dessert) for just €30Nice.

At Daata, it’s a free G&T with every main course – which is how it should be, always.  Young Claudia at Elysian Brows in Meridian Point informs us that they’ll have giveaways, discounts, make-up demos, goodie bags for the first through the door, voucher extras (€100 becomes €125; €150 becomes €200), plus mince pies and mulled wineShazam!  Over at AMOC, they’re offering 10% discount on the night, plus their famous Danish recipe mulled wine along with some Christmas Tree Cake. Oh, and their delightful company too, of course…

At the town’s new children’s bookshopHalfway Up The Stairs, there’s 10% discount on the night, as well as, of course, free bubbles and nibblesPop!  Naturally, Anne at Pretty Woman is excited and delighted to be part of another fine night out in Greystones, and will have the free bubbly flowing and the bargains, with, yep, at 10% discount just for the hooley that’s in it.

Plenty more where that came from, of course – once, of course, the likes of Escape, Brooke & Shoals, Ashanti Gold, Concepts, La Touche Wines, JuJu, Azur and all the other groovy Greystones joints get back to us with their Ladies Night specials.  And there’s also the one-woman show by acclaimed comedian Julie Jay, presenting a Ladies Night exclusive at The Whale months before her Julie Really Love Me? tour gets underway next year. Just in case you’d like to finish the night laughingBada-Bing!

Safe to say, the night will be special, as the whole town pulls together. For a partyNice!

So, put the date in your diary.

Thanks to Paul Byrne for this great description in the Greystones Guide

Greystones welcomes our twining town Holyhead & the Male Voice Choir – Sat 23rd Nov

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Our Holyhead Twinning visitors will be with us next weekend.  Friday,  22 November to Sunday,  24 November 2019.

They will participate in our Greystones Christmas Lighting Ceremony in   Burnaby Park from  4 pm on Saturday 23rd

Following that the The Holyhead Male Voice Choir will also be travelling  for a joint concert with the Newtownmountkennedy Male Voice Choir  in the Greystones Rugby Club,  8 pm.  Admission €10 at the door.

The Holyhead Magee Family Folk Band will also participate.

2nd Consultation Phase – Public Realm Plan for Greystones, Sat 23rd November

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Click here for : Greystones Consultation Boards second phase

Any comments, suggestions or opinions please e mail info@greystones.ie  or complete the survey on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TFQJDX9

 

Following on from the initial Consultation for a Public Realm Plan for Greystones in the Whale Theatre, Paul Hogarth Company will be on hand in Greystones for the second consultation phase on Saturday 23rd November 2019 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Greystones Library. Come along and view the work to date and have your say – all are welcome!

Everyone knows that Greystones is a fantastic place to live and for many, this County Wicklow town is the envy of the nation. A thriving café culture, a stunning coastline and a
multitude of fascinating stories waiting to be told. However, as residents also know, Greystones is faced with challenges that need to be grappled with, including increased
development and traffic dominance.
To help address these problems and to improve the local streets and public spaces of  Greystones, it is vital that we take a collaborative approach, develop a shared vision and
deliver the best outcomes for the town.  Greystones 2020 and Wicklow County Council have taken the first step and commissioned a
team of specialists, headed by The Paul Hogarth Company, to create a Public Realm Plan for the town.

Having held a very successful initial consultation event and engaged with local school students, the team conducted a spatial and technical analysis of Greystones and have
now developed an initial Draft Plan for your consideration.  The Draft Plan includes a broad range of innovative and bespoke projects to be delivered
across the short, medium and longer term that seek to address climatic, demographic and  economic change in Greystones. Once finalised, they will be used as the basis for funding
applications.
As the Plan is a work in progress, we strongly encourage you to view the draft proposals and  help us shape the future of Greystones. The Draft Plan material will be available to view
online between Wednesday 20th November and 3rd December 2019. The draft plan and  the consultant team will also be in Greystones Library on Saturday 23rd November 2019
between 1-5pm.
It is very important everyone continues to engage with the plan process and shares their  views on these emerging projects and other ideas. This is your town, this is your plan, and so
we want you to be truly involved in it.

Note: The design team from The Paul Hogarth Company comprise Urban Designers, Landscape Architects and Town Planners. The team have been working in partnership with
local people, business and stakeholders since the project commenced in August 2019.

 

Switching on of the Christmas Lights – Sat 23rd November

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It’s that wonderful time of the year again as Greystones 2020, Greystones Municipal District and local businesses in Greystones come together to support the installation of Christmas lights and the festivities around Santa’s arrival.

This year’s lighting event will kick off in Burnaby Park at 4:00 pm on Saturday 23rd November with an afternoon of family entertainment with Paul Byrne as MC.  There will be music and songs by Colaiste Chraobh Abhann School choir and performances from ‘Greystones Players’.  This year we are delighted to welcome the Holyhead Male Voice Choir who will join us for some festive songs in advance of their Gala Concert with the Newtownmountkennedy Male Voice Choir in Greystones Rugby Club later on the night.

Local clergy will relate the true spirit of Christmas in a short ecumenical service and the lights will be switched on by the Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District, Councillor Tom Fortune and Ms Grainne McLoughlin, Chairperson of Greystones 2020.

There will be over one km of icicle lights throughout the town and two thirty-foot tall Christmas trees, each adorned with three thousand lights, one at the train station and one at the Harbour Marina.

At 5:00 pm Santa will arrive to meet and greet all the children in a special vehicle courtesy of our twinning partners from Holyhead.

Let the Christmas Magic begin in Greystones!

Huge thanks to all the businesses in Greystones that support the lights.  Please support them during your shopping trips this Christmas!

Greystones 2020 Public Realm Plan for Greystones

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Greystones2020, with funding from LEADER & support from Greystones Municipal District & Greystones Tidy Towns invite tenders from economic operators to develop a plan for the most effective, management and enhancement of the towns public realm;

With reference to the following: approaches and gateways to town; public space network; connectivity and permeability; parking and traffic; legibility and maneuverability; signage and wayfinding; history and heritage; tourist destination; parking, traffic & public transport.

The aim of the project is to deliver a detailed action-based plan for the town’s public realm, which can be used to guide public and private investment in the town to maximise and enhance its existing cultural assets, in tandem with economic and social development. The plan should be visual and identify both short term and longer-term projects.

Greystones 2020 estimates that the expenditure on the Services to be covered by the proposed Services Contract may amount to some €34K exclusive of VAT over the term.

Click here for the tender documents are up on e-tenders

Upon the awarding of the contract to consultants a number of public consultation meetings will be organised.