Door to door Traders, Repairs & Garden Services – Security Tips

People routinely employ door-to-door traders and repair people / contractors.  Some of these people carry out very little work and charge exorbitant amounts of money for their services.  Community Garda John O’Shea advises the following simple measures people should do before getting any work done, whether the job is €50 or €50,000. When Procuring a Builder/ Tradesmen or Garden Services: Check if the company is on the Companies Registration Office Ireland on www.cro.ie Verify the company or person has insurance. Verify the company or person has a VAT number. Ask for 3 references. Residents should visit and talk to people who have used said company or person. Even when employing a reputable company always use a method of payment that is traceable  e.g. electronic payments. Never engage a person who insists on cash payment for services offered.  They want cash as it’s non traceable and cannot be traced by revenue or social welfare. Be particularly careful where sales documentation only displays mobile contact numbers or incomplete addresses. Telephone directory enquiries can assist in establishing the credibility and bona-fides of the company or individual concerned. Whilst there is no guarantee to the standard of work being done these measures may reduce the probability of sub-standard work. Useful Links: Security Tips from Garda John O’Shea Neighbourhood Watch Text Alert Mount Merrion Blackrock Garda Station: 01 666 5200 or phone...

DLR Parks Tree Planting Update

The MMRA are delighted with the planting being done in Mount Merrion by DLR Parks Department. Since February 2021, 10 Mature Oak and Beech trees have been planted on the East/Sycamore Avenue, a grove of trees at the end of Cherrygarth, near the Pedestrian Entrance, another grove on the N11 near the new cycle lane, an avenue of Amamchier has been put in at the pedestrian entrance to Deerpark, Cherries at Mount Anville Pedestrian entrance, beautiful Oaks near the Tennis courts and near the pathway parallel to to North Avenue in the Park. These new trees ensure that Mount Merrion will continue as a leafy area well into the future. Wherever possible we have asked neighbours to water these every two days for the next two years. Replacement street trees have been planted in Cherrygarth and on the entrance to Callary Road from Greenfield. The MMRA received a grant from DLR towards street trees but we have been advised by the Parks Department to hold onto that, which is in our account, until September when we will meet up with them to discuss the many requests we have had from householders for individual trees outside houses.   MMRA keeps a careful note and date of all such requests but the decision and planting will be entirely done by DLR. We always suggest that the householder get directly in touch with the Council with their request, at environ@dlrcoco.ie. We are most appreciative of the present work being done by the Parks Department.   Painting ‘Church St Therese from Deerpark’ by Terence Sweeny, MMRA Winter Art...

Fresh Flowers on The Rise

When Mount Merrion Residents Association learned that the Council was no longer going to replant and tend the three-tier Planters dotted around Mount Merrion we approached the Council for permission for MMRA to do it.                 The Council recommended we use peat-free compost and bee and wildlife friendly perennials. MMRA approached SuperValu on The Rise for Sponsorship for the three on The Rise, this was promptly and generously given. MMRA Gardening Volunteers have now replanted, in new compost, the three Planters with perennials. They should give joy for years to come.  The Flower Box, The Merrion Tree and SuperValu have each undertaken to keep one watered. Many thanks to all involved in keeping Mount Merrion...