This is the second in our series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh.
Malahide Castle perimeter walk is just over 4k but there are many permutations and combinations in this wonderful facility. This walk takes you through beautiful woods – with great views of the castle.
We all need to ensure we take exercise during this challenging time. This 6km walk is the first in a series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh. The views from Robswall park, of Lambay and Irelands Eye are stunning. They change with the seasons, the light and the weather. This walk is wheelchair accessible, but does have some steep sections. If you bike this route – please remember that all paths in Fingal parks are “share with care” – pedestrians have priority.
When asked to join the committee of St Sylvester’s GAA Healthy Club section in 2018 local retired teacher Stephen MacDonagh decided that the best way to contribute would be to form a local walking group to explore looped walks in the area. A group of about twenty walkers set out once a month, with the aim of encouraging people in the locality to get out and walk on a regular basis. Week after week more walkers tagged along and it wasn’t unusual to hear the comment “I’ve lived here for twenty years and I’ve never been down this way before!”
When Covid 19 struck earlier this year, social distancing guidelines meant that walking in groups was no longer practical so Stephen decided to map his favourite walks to enable walkers to get exercise locally and enjoy and explore the wonderful walks we have in our locality.
Remember, as these are looped walks, you can start at any point in Malahide and join the walk at your nearest access point.
Length: 6 km Surface: Paved paths Footwear: Walking shoes / runners (no need for hiking boots)
Life for dogs in Malahide recently got even better, with the addition of a dog walking track complete with water fonts to a quiet corner of Malahide Demesne.
We welcome and thank Fingal county council for the ongoing improvements to Malahide Demesne. We’re lucky to have wonderful parks, beaches and green spaces in Malahide and across Fingal.
We ask the council to please provide safe access to local amenities, especially for the vulnerable, mobility impaired, pedestrians and children / families on bikes.
We specifically ask the council to turn on the new pedestrian lights at Ashwood Hall on The Back Road, which were installed over 6 months ago, before the pandemic started. We thanked the council in March for “connecting communities to amenities” – little did we imagine that 6 months later, with traffic back to pre-pandemic levels, that these lights would still not be turned on. The lack of a safe crossing is forcing residents with small children to drive the 350 metres to the park, adding unnecessary traffic and congestion to the area.
The council has informed us that the issue lies with the ESB. Be that as it may, we ask the council, on behalf of the residents of Ashwood Hall, to liase with the relevant bodies to get these lights turned on immediately.
Fingal county council has pedestrianised New Street for a 10 week pilot project. However, many residents have expressed concern that the pedestrianisation of New Street will result in alcohol consumption on the street. The Malahide Community Forum wrote to an Garda Siochana seeking reassurance. We received the following reply from Superintendent Gerard Donnelly.
“I can confirm that I as District Officer and the Licencing Inspector for this District met with Fingal County Council and Representatives of local Publicans on 24th June 2020 to reiterate An Garda Siochana’s stance that the serving and consumption of alcohol on New Street, Malahide will not be permitted. All parties concerned were in agreement with this stance. This situation will be monitored to ensure compliance.“
You may read the full text of our query and Superintendent Donnelly’s reply here.
If you observe law breaking of any nature, please let the Gardai know. The Malahide Garda station phone number is: (01) 666 4600
We’re fortunate in Malahide to have a very active Tidy Towns committee that works tirelessly to keep our village looking beautiful and regularly wins Tidy Town awards.
The cancellation, due to Covid-19, of this year’s Tidy Towns competition has not dampened the enthusiasm of our Tidy Towns volunteers, as witnessed by the beautiful shrubs at the triangle near Malahide Tennis club and many other projects around the village.
The Malahide Community Forum and Malahide Tidy Towns share the objective of making Malahide an even better place to live, visit, work and do business.
We believe that we can achieve even more by working together.
If you would like to get involved with Malahide Tidy Towns, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to join the Malahide Community Forum – contact us.
Time to have your say – where would you like additional bicycle parking in Malahide?
Fingal county council has ordered 400 bike racks, with 1/3 due to be installed this month (June 2020) based on suggestions from FCC staff, councillors, and the public. Locations already decided include Low rock.
What do you think? Perhaps at each park entrance (Estuary park, Robswall park, Malahide Demesne)? What about along the coast road – at Biscayne, Seapark, Island view etc.?
We’ll be asking for bike racks near local shops, to enable residents to stay local, shop local and shop by bike.
Let us know in the comments below – we will collate your feedback and pass it on to the council.