Men’s Shed Donabate/Portrane Training


The funding was sought to assist in the establishment of a group for retired and active men in the Donabate Portrane area. They proposed to undertake a  programme of training which would lead to the establishment of a committee and provide the group with a plan and programme of activities going forward.

The Rural Challenge Programme was designed by Dublin Rural LEADER to assist local people to come together, examine local issues and plan for the future. This training had a great benefit for the members being set up in an organised manner, and allowing for more people to become involved in their local communities and to counteract social exclusion.


“Along with eleven other men, last October I took part in a course, which was arranged for the Men’s Group of Active Age for All and funded by Dublin Rural LEADER. We were interested in exploring if and how a men’s shed could be set up on the Donabate-Portrane Peninsula.

Previously, we held a number of public meetings in Donabate Portrane Community and Leisure Centre to assess the interest in and for a men’s shed in the area. Based on the attendance and our conversations with those attending, we were satisfied that the idea deserved further consideration.

We decided that a facilitated training course with study visit to established men’s sheds would be appropriate.

The 18-hour course, run over several evening and Saturday morning in October 2017, fulfilled its purpose well. (…) The success of the course can be seen in the progress we made since. Donabate Portrane Men’s Shed is now fully established independent of Active Age for All with our own separate insurance, membership and accounts (…).” Jim O’Donohoe



News Projects

R.A.M.S in Rythm

Yesterday morning, 22nd of November, was a brilliant event that we had the opportunity to take part in. On this occasion we wish to congratulate RAMS for raising €10,000 from the sales of CDs funded by Dublin Rural LEADER. With those money raised they supported four wonderful charities: Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice, Down Syndrome Ireland-Kildare Branch, Holy Family Conference S. V de Paul and Capuchin Day Care.

We were very happy to be there. Thank you RAMS for choosing Dublin Rural LEADER to help you with the achievement of this great project!





News Projects

Roseanna Hall External Upgrade

    The project was about supporting the completion of exterior works to upgrade and improve Roseanna Community Hall in Bohernabreena.

This hall is the focal point of community activities for the residents of this area in the Dublin mountains.

The hall opened in 1977 and has been the hub community activities since and it has served the community well.

The hall needed an external security system, exterior lighting was in poor condition, the landscaping needed to be upgraded and the parking facilities were very poor. The project also included the establishment of a peace garden which provides residents with a safe haven of tranquility and thought.

We are very happy to be part of this project and to help this community. The security system and the lighting make the residents feel safer- especially the elders and persons living with disabilities – and encourages them to get involved more, even in winter times.

By extending the carpark the Hall is able to welcome even more visitors at a time and the improved landscaping further enhanced this picturesque spot, hidden in the Dublin Mountains.     The Peace Garden attracts all aspects of the community, giving them a quiet, tranquil place to escape from the noisy world, to focus on themselves and to find peace.




For more information please visit their website

or their Facebook page



Hedgestown Boarding Kennels

“I wanted to provide a higher standard of dog boarding kennels that what was on offer locally plus further afield. I quickly realised that to do it properly and on the scale that I wanted, I would need outside help. I approached Dublin Rural LEADER and they listened to my ideas. They invited me to submit an Expression of Interest, which was approved. Dublin Rural LEADER were very helpful in guiding me through the process. I submitted a detailed business plan and filled out all the forms to apply for the grant. When my grant application was approved, I was delighted. It meant I could plan ahead and make a start on my project. Being accepted for LEADER funding meant that I could proceed with my plans on a grander scale than if I did not have funding. My experience with Dublin Rural LEADER is a positive one. I received excellent guidance and I’m really pleased with my completed project. This has given me a viable business to work in and also an opportunity to grow it as a family business. Thank you to all Dublin Rural LEADER staff.” Antoinette Carroll

Boarding and day care facility for dogs, is comprised of 10 kennels, large exercise area and a dedicated play area. The business is located close to M1 which makes it easy to reach and allows for business expansion.  The business provides a service to the local community and, for holiday makers requiring quality care for their dogs. It is the only one small scale kennel in the area to provide quality boarding and a dedicated day care program. The business promotes animal welfare by adhering to the guidelines provided by local councils.

The promoter is planning to provide a dog grooming service in the future, which will increase the customer base as there is no such service in the area.




Feasibility Study at Ardgillan Castle

Ardgillan Castle Ltd is a not for profit company formed by Fingal County Council in 2010 to control activities within the public amenity of Ardgillan Castle. The board of directors is comprised of members of local community in the Balbriggan, Skerries and surrounding area and it is in this “community” context that the board has been assembled.

     The project was to carry out a feasibility study on the currently inaccessible  areas of the castle to determine what would be the best use for these spaces as tourism and community ventures. The spaces include two large courtyard, and the west wing of the house which has two floors, these latter spaces will be referred to as the Servants’ Quarters and the Laundry. The feasibility study needed to outline the best use for these spaces which would sympathise with the current business objectives and operations.

The aim was to utilise the currently inaccessible areas of the property to allow for increased acces to the castle and development of tourism offering whilst also creating further engagement with the community through utilisation and animation of these spaces- The areas include spaces that could be for community, retail and tourism related activities. An auditorium/event space and performance space desired outcomes from the study. Opportunities for income generation and funding are key factors for the study to consider that any developments needing capital works are feasible.



For more information about Ardgillan Castle please visit their website