Minutes RBA AGM 27th January 2015 Year 2014



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As we come to the end of another year, it’s time to look back on activities and achievements for 2011.

Having started the year with the big breakfast AGM in Mulino Restaurant in January, we had a general  meeting in February in The Watermill to launch the programme of events for 2011.

There was a great turnout of members on the night. Your attendance and support is appreciated – your attendance at events rewards the efforts of the committee and Barry Murphy our coordinator.

Without question – the highlight of the year was THE RAHENY FESTIVAL

What a day that was in June !!! Best Day in Raheny in long time – this was truly a community event – from the National schools, the Scouts, The Guides, Raheny Shamrocks, Raheny GAA, The Gardai and the people of Raheny who came out in their thousands on a glorious sunny June Saturday to just enjoy themselves.

To quote Jan O’Seachnasai “ Yes, something special happened in Raheny …… from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday 25th June we remembered who we really are, that aside from the economic craziness that is Ireland today, Raheny has something special, we are a bustling, vibrant community, we have a village to be proud to live and work in. Each of us can keep this momentum alive by remembering that our actions count and by active participation in Raheny and all it represents we are part of something special”

The Raheny Business Association was proud to be the catalyst that made it all happen and I wish to acknowledge all the businesses who were sponsors and  the amazingly generous and substantial financial support given by Supervalu Raheny (to keep us out of the red in the bank)

Before that of course we had a Race Night in April and the Golf Classic at end of May.

Congratulations to Raheny Tidy Village Group on their successes in The Dublin City Neighbourhood and National Tidy Towns competitions. Special thanks to Seamus, Con, Denis and Gerry for their work throughout the year to keep Raheny looking so well..

Raheny village was flooded again by the Santry river on Monday night 24th October with substantial damage to businesses. A number of businesses closed for repairs etc. Most were able to re-open within a day or two. Badly affected were Tir na nOg Creche, and Curiosity. Work is proceeding and both  will re-open in the near future. Perk-u lious Coffee shop has just re-opened on Monday 12th December.

The association arranged a meeting in The Watermill for those businesses, landlords and residents directly affected. Again, the meeting was well supported.

Barry has made a lot of progress since Nov and €135,000 has been allocated from the Office of Public Works. DCC has appointed  3rd party consultants to carry out survey of the hinterland of the river and model river flow with a view to control the flow when in flood.

As part of our efforts to make Raheny an attractive place for consumers to shop, we replaced Christmas Lights on all the premises on Howth Rd from Advance Tyre to Raheny Barbers plus new lights appeared this year on Mulino Restaurant, Mint Cottage and Slender Health on Main St, Tullys Pharmacy, McHughs Wine & Dine and MacMahons Mace on St Assams Rd.

We had the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and Santa Grotto on Friday 25th November. This year we continue to raise the profile of the RBA with a large poster wraparound on the base of the tree. Our thanks to Supervalu for the special deal on selection boxes for Santa to give to the children and to Redempta McGlynn of Ulster Bank Raheny who generously came forward to pay the bill! The bucket collection on the night raised €364 for The Laura Lynn Childrens Hospice.

And finally the Members reception– if you missed it – you missed a great night!!

My Thanks to Eoghan Farrelly of The Station House who sponsored the night. Great food and drink was had by all in the warm friendly surroundings.

Since Sept we are working on re-vamping and updating the website for re-launch early next year. We hope to brief members at meeting in Feb.

The 2012/2013 Business Directory is well advanced and will be distributed to 8500 homes in Raheny early in the coming weeks.

We plan to hold the RAHENY FESTIVAL again this year on the 3rd weekend in June.

I am also conscious of the need for a regular forum for members to meet. I wrote to all the members in early December and had a reasonable response and I will issue a programme of topics which will take place probably on a monthly basis.

I wish to thank the committee for their support and their efforts during the year.

To each of you – Happy New Year and success in business.