Ballymun Birthday Bash

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first residents moving in to the Ballymun Estate. We can’t let Ballymun shimmy in to her 50’s without celebrating her!

A group of local volunteers, organizations and businesses are organizing a community event on the Plaza for the afternoon of Saturday July 23rd from 2pm – 6pm. There’ll be music, a games area, an arty party, a picnic area hosted by Supervalu and possibly even some free ice cream!

This is a FREE community event that is suitable for all ages. Keep an eye on this page for more updates and do spread the word to neighbors, family and friends so that you can all join us for a great day celebrating Ballymun!

Young Ballymun funding not sufficient.


Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis is disappointed with the outcome of a series of meetings with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, TDs from Dublin North West, officials from various government Departments, and young Ballymun representatives.

Deputy Ellis said:

“It’s clear that the funding needed to continue the entire programme as rolled out over the years will not be forthcoming. However, the Minister has agreed to increase the funding by a quarter of the budget already allocated. Despite this intervention, it is not enough for the project to continue fully but Young Ballymun will continue to exist albeit in a focused and targeted manner.

“It’s clear that in attempts to tackle child poverty and social disadvantage the Young Ballymun model has achieved remarkable results. Many children and parents across the area have had a positive experience and Young Ballymun changed their lives for the better. The final report showed that Young Ballymun had achieved impressive outcomes in all areas of implementation and that these kinds of changes and outcomes affected the community in a very positive way. It has shown that this project could be a positive template for other areas.

“It is a huge disappointment that this government hasn’t the vision to take on board this model and roll it out across disadvantaged communities across the country. Sinn Féin and I will continue to advocate for the Ballymun model to be used as a template into the future.”