Bayside Community Association

A Very Big Thank You…

A guard of honour high five.

We have finally gotten a chance to go through and upload the pictures we received from the 50th Anniversary for everyone to enjoy. To see the incredible pictures, head to our Facebook Page.

It would be remiss at this stage not to thank a significant amount of people. It is impossible to name everyone but we do want to recognise a number of the groups and people who supported the event and made it such a success.

Firstly we would like to thank Final County Council, in particular their Community, Arts and Operations Departments who supported the event financially and practically from the planning stages to the day itself.

Thank you to the Mayor of Fingal for opening and speaking very kindly at the event on the day.

A big thank you to An Garda Síochána who again were very engaging and supportive of the event in the lead up to the event, along with providing a great presence on the day.

To the Civil Defence and the Coastguard for going above and beyond attending and went as far as to inspire a few future enrolees we are sure.

To all of the Stage Performers on the day who really added to the event, namely:

– The McCormack Fay School of Irish Dancing
– Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Beaumont Section)
– Karl Payne and Cian Harte
– Forget Me Not Choir

And to Frances Elliott and Ciaran Shortall for managing the stage and the sound, both of which ran seamlessly.

Thank you to local artists Maia Kerrisk and Katarina Timulakova for their beautiful works of art presented to the mayor on the day.

Thank you to all the stewards and volunteers who showed up in large numbers and put in long shifts to help keep the event going smoothly.

Thanks to Peter Orford and Simon Behan for taking and providing all the wonderful pictures we have to share with everyone.

A huge thank you to all of the clubs/societies/groups that came down and set up stalls/displays on the day and the Scouts for not only setting up camp, but providing a Guard of Honour for the Mayor upon his arrival. The attitude and engagement of all with the people attending was fantastic.

Thank you to Recreate who put on a great workshop on the day and we look forward to working with them in the future.

A really big thank you to all of the local shops/businesses/people who supported the raffle and provided fantastic prizes for the day. This list includes Eurospar Bayside, McCartans Bayside, Bayside Dry Cleaners, Munchies, Trackside Tennis Club, Pout Beauty Salon, Derek’s Home and Garden, Super Value Sutton, White Door Interiors Sutton, Cucinia of Marine Hotel, Sutton Dry Cleaners, Camille Thai Sutton, Il Fornaio, Lidl Baldoyle, National Safety Council, McHughs Off Licence and Carmel Murray. A special mention must also be made for the Manager of Eurospar Bayside, Gabriel, who supplied a number of other items and was extremely supportive throughout.

Thank you to the Anna Reilly and the Committee of the Community Centre for opening up the Centre to everyone on the day and hosting the Mayor on his arrival.

Thank you to all who brought cakes and/or books for our tea tent or our book stall. These donations made a huge contribution towards the cost of the event and dare I say they went down well, with not a crumb in sight by the end of the day. To all who worked in the tea and cake tent on the day, thank you again, it was the busiest cafe in Dublin on the 28th and quite how the crew handled the volume I am not quite sure. To try and name these people individually would run too high a risk of leaving someone out.

Thank you to all the people who came to help build, make and set up in the weeks leading up to the event and on the day itself. And an equally large thank you to those same people who helped clean up at the close of the event. By 6:30pm you would not have known anything had happened that day which was fantastic, as this is “Our Bayside” after all.

Thank you to Bayside Church, who regularly announced and supported the event and allowed us to advertise in their Newsletter and to Iarnroad Eireann for providing a poster frame at the Dart Station and offering their support.

Thank you to all of the vendors and businesses that worked with us on the day. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the day. The numbers and good humour of everyone who came down and participated in the event was enormous and was better than we all could have expected. The Gardai, food vendors and others all commented on how great an atmosphere there was at the event and there was not a hint of trouble (not that we expected any). Very seriously, thank you to you all.

Keep an eye out for announcements re the next public meeting, which is being lined up for September when everyone is finished with exams and holidays, and other activities we hope to get going in the near future.

A number of people expressed an interest in volunteering and taking part in future events and getting involved in the newly formed Bayside Community Association in general. If you are interested, please let us know at www.facebook.com/ourbayside, via email at bayside1967@gmail.com or through our website www.ourbayside.com. We may not get back to you straight away, but we will get back to you!!