MMRA Annual Subscription 2019 – New Rate & Calendar Year

Dear Residents

Mount Merrion – a beautiful place in which to live. Young families have access to schools, transport, park, playground, safe roads and a variety of shops. Older residents have their choice from all of the above, in addition to many activities based in the Community Centre, churches, pubs, restaurants and a comprehensive range of professional services.

What helps to make Mount Merrion so attractive and desirable is the originality of the demesne. It really has not changed so much since architect Rupert Jones and developer/builder John Kenny designed and developed the garden suburb concept in the early 1930’s.

More recently that very sense of space that defines the character of the area has become a target for “get rich quick” non-resident property developers who look at an open space and visualize an opportunity to build.

The 85-year-old Mount Merrion Residents’ Association, voluntarily run by your colleagues and neighbours, has consistently strived over many generations to curtail excessive developments that would irreparably damage the fabric and character of the area. This has become much more expensive in recent years and the MMRA has had to procure the services of a number of specialist consultants to contest numerous planning applications. The costs of these services greatly exceed the revenue generated by the Annual Subscriptions received from our paid-up 700+ members. It is reasonable to assume that the trend will continue into the future.

At the MMRA AGM this year, a proposal to raise the annual subscription rate from €20 to €50 (per household) and from €10 to €20 (per retiree/unwaged household) was proposed and passed. These funds are necessary to replenish the “war chest” ensuring we continue to preserve the character of Mount Merrion and vigorously contest the growth in unnecessary and speculative building in our demesne. It is now 12 years since the subscription rates were last increased (2007). We need your support to continue the fight. €50 is €50, and €20 is €20, but it can play a big part in protecting what you and your family hold dear.

The AGM also passed a motion to change the MMRA membership year to a calendar year starting on January 1st 2020.  To facilitate this, the 2019 membership will run from 1st February 2019 to 31st December 2019.  

We would like to thank you for your continued support of the MMRA.  You can pay online via Pay Membership button or directly to the collector at the door.  Our subscription co-ordination team will be visiting you shortly.

“Let’s keep Mount Merrion beautiful”

Kate Canning – President – MMRA

Monthly Litter Clean-up Tuesday November 4th 10.30am

Our monthly Mount Merrion Clean Up day will take place this Tuesday November 5th at 10.30am. Hope you can join us.  Meet at the Mount Merrion Community Centre.  Gloves, bags and picking sticks provided, followed by a cuppa in Michael’s.  All... read more

Car Security Alert

There have been a couple of car break-ins. One on Cherrygarth today and another on corner of Greenfield and Sycamore on Tuesday. Please be alert. If you see any suspicious activity please report it to Blackrock Garda at 01 662 5200.

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Bus Connects Update for Stillorgan Mount Merrion area

Details of revised Bus Connects proposal are now available online including a local map and route planner. Local area booklets are due to be delivered over the coming weeks. The closing date for public consultation is the 3rd of December 2019.

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New home for Little Free Library – Take a Book, Share a Book

The Little Free Library has found a new home on the rear wall of the Presbytery Garden beside the back gate into the Mount Merrion Community Centre.

The aim of the library is to inspire a love of reading, build a community spirit and spark creativity by fostering neighbourhood book exchanges.

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Mount Merrion is a suburban estate in South County Dublin developed on lands once the seat of the Viscounts Fitwilliam. Centred around the Deerpark, a public park first landscaped by the 5th Viscount, and the remains of the house he built there in 1711, Mount Merrion today is generally considered to be bounded to the North by The UCD campus at Belfield, to the East by the N11 and Booterstown and Blackrock, to the South by Stillorgan and Kilmacud, and to the West by Goatstown and Clonskeagh.  *Lower Kilmacud Road residents on the right-hand-side from Stillorgan Shoping Centre, odd numbers 101 to 167, including 111a, are within Mount Merrion demense.  The Mount Merrion Residents Association, founded in 1935, is the oldest residents’ association in continuous existence in Ireland. It represents the following roads:
  • Callary Road
  • Cedarmount Road
  • Cherry Garth
  • Chestnut Road
  • Clonmore Road
  • The Close
  • Cypress Road
  • Deerpark Road
  • Fosters Avenue
  • The Fosters
  • Glenabbey Road
  • Greenfield Road
  • Greygates
  • Iris Grove
  • Lower Kilmacud Road (partial)
  • Mather Road North
  • Mather Road South
  • Mount Anville Road
  • North Avenue
  • Owenstown Park
  • Redesdale Crescent
  • Redesdale Road
  • The Rise
  • Roebuck Ave
  • St Thomas Road
  • St Thomas Mead
  • South Avenue
  • Sycamore Road
  • Sycamore Cresent
  • Sycamore Avenue
  • Thornhill Road
  • Trees Avenue
  • Trees Road Lower
  • Trees Road Upper
  • Wilson Crescent
  • Wilson Road
At its peak, Mount Merrion rises to 82m (269ft) above sea level.