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PCA NEWS April 2018

Airport Runway

We are very grateful to our Councillor Brian McDonagh for
raising the matter of the proposed appointment of Fingal
County Council as the competent authority to monitor aircraft
noise at Dublin Airport. The matter was raised at the Howth
Malahide Area Committee meeting. The Minister will shortly
receive a letter from the group expressing their dismay at
the action of the Minister. As you know Fingal County Council
who are excellent in most of the services they provide are the
most unsuitable organisation to undertake the monitoring.

Bird Boxes and Benches

The Men’s Shed have produced excellent bird boxes which
we are in the process of distributing throughout the village to
encourage more wild bird nesting in our area. The majority of
the boxes have been given to the schools with the remainder
being given to local householders. (See picture).
It is important to remember that if you have been feeding
our wild birds through the winter you should continue to do
so in the summer and autumn to maintain numbers
We have also funded some benches which will be installed in
the centre of the village in the next few weeks. This work has
been made possible by the grant and prize we received from
the Tidy Towns Organisation.

Shelter at the Beach Entrance

Work on the renovation of the shelter at the beach should
be under way by the time you are reading this. The concrete
work should be completed rapidly after which landscape
improvements will be undertaken. Hopefully everything will
be ready for the summer season.

Railway Station

A group from the PCA met with the representatives from
Iarnrod Eireann to enquire about improvements that are
needed to the station and surrounds. We had a good
meeting and are hopeful of a positive response. Among
the matters raised were ; Graffiti under the bridge and on
walls at the Dublin end of the platform, planting of bulbs
of the embankment behind the inward platform, provision
of planters between the shelters for summer and autumn
flowers. The surveyor also mentioned that he would address
improvements to the handrails and boundary fence on the
outward platform. We also looked at a general tidy up in the
area at the ticket office.
If you see any urgent issue that should be brought to
the attention of Irish Rail contact the station master at
Malahide Railway Station 01 – 8286960. He is responsible for
Portmarnock station

Wildflower Meadow in the Park at the rear of Woodlands
and Ardilaun

The Parks Department will be commencing a programme to
establish wildflower meadows in this area over the spring
and summer. A small number of football pitches at the PSLC
end will be retained and the remainder left over to nature.
Walkers will be accommodated through the provision of cut
pathways. The PCA are hopeful that we can establish natural
woodland in parts of this area in the future.

Velvet Strand

Despite all the inclement weather we have experienced in
the past couple of months the beach is in excellent condition.
After the snow and storms in early March there was a lot of
sand movement and exposure of rock. While this erosion may
seem to be damaging it has no real long term consequences.
The sand is removed at one point on the coast but it is
deposited elsewhere. You will have also noted that there
was a lot of deposition of seaweed and dead fish after the
storms. This material will rot and provide organic matter
and nutrients for sea scutch and Marram grass to establish
and form new dunes. Unfortunately along with the natural
materials deposited you will also see lots of plastic, products
used to clean teeth and to apply cosmetics. We have got to
find other ways to make ourselves beautiful!.

Beach Cleaning commences on Saturday 14th April. 10.00am
at the Kiosk. All are welcome


People have varying opinions about Ivy. Many think it is
damaging to walls and it will allow dampness into buildings.
They believe it is unsightly and an indication that a person is
not “taking care” of their property.
If you look at old stone walls there is no doubt that it gets
into old lime mortar and will eventually cause the walls
to fall as the stems of the ivy expand. On old mature trees
it increases the load the trunk of the tree has to bear and
makes them more susceptible to blowing over in the wind.
Many of the trees on the backroads around Portmarnock
appear vulnerable to me on superficial observation while I
drive by.
There are however, great benefits to having Ivy. It is a native
plant and plays host to large numbers of insects and other
bugs. It is therefore a great source of juicy meals for many of
our small birds. The Holly Blue, a charming small blue winged
butterfly feeds on the nectar of both holly and ivy flowers.
I see them in my garden every year. It is very unlikely that
ivy will damage modern walls as it finds it very difficult to
penetrate cement plaster.
I cut it back every 3 years so that it does not become too
heavy a load for the wall to bear. In conclusion it is not good
on old stone walls but is hugely beneficial in our gardens and
much prettier to look when compared to concrete blocks
(Pat Suttle 087 248 6287).

Contacting the PCA: 

If you wish to contact the PCA on
any issues in our community or volunteer for any of our
committees why not call us 087 248 6287 (leave a message)
or email portmarnock1@gmail.com. You can visit our
website/Facebook at www.portmarnock.org

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