Knocklyon Network hosted it’s annual Business Breakfast last Tuesday, in the Iona Centre. There was an excellent attendance of nearly 50 persons despite the early start at 7.00 AM. The people attending came from all sections of Knocklyon and surrounding areas. There were people from the Business, Education, Sports and Political areas. Tea,Coffee and light refreshments were served ,while people networked and exchanged ideas on many areas.

The meeting was then introduced by Chairman Eugene Barrett, who welcomed the guests and thanked the business’s for their paid support on our website, without which Knocklyon Network would be unable to achieve what we do.

Eugene then took us through a brief review of the many achievements throughout the year.  QR Codes in Dodder Valley Park, facilitating meetings between all the Resident’s Associations and the Councillors, Making Submissions to SDCC on the 5 year Development Plan and their waste management plan, A clothing collection for the Refugees, An Art Competition in the Schools and the winners images used as Christmas Cards to raise money (over 1000 Euros)for the local branch of St Vincent de Paul.

And of course all the posts to our website and our Facebook which you all support with your many visits.

Then John Bird took us through details of our submissionfor Knocklyon  to the South Dublin County Council 5 year Development Plan. This included areas like the Dodder Valley Park, A Bus Rapid Transit Corridor from Clongriffin through Knocklyon to the Square , an Upgrading of Knocklyon to a town Centre, and areas like Dog Fouling, Graffiti and Waste. Our submission also called for facilities for the growing population of over 55’s in Knocklyon.

This was followed by a Business Presentation from Parallax. This is a company that was formulated by three compaines merging their interests together. All three companies have long been supporters and involved with the Knocklyon Network. Murray Concepts a Graphic Design Company of Niall Murray, True Design a Web Design Company of Karl Lambert and The Fresh Prints a Printing Company of Mikey Devine. We hope you will all support this new company.

Our final speaker was a famous local, retired Chief Superintendant Felix Mc Kenna ,who was the first head of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB). Felix told some very interesting stories of the battle against Crime during those awful days that saw the murder of Veronica Guerin. He advised of the importance of reporting to your local Gardai suspicious activities of any kind as this information, however, small or insignificant can often lead to detection and apprehension of the criminals.

The meeting was then concluded with Eugene extending his thanks to SuperValu for providing the refreshments and Debbie Moore and the Iona Centre for the use of the facility not only for the breakfast but also throughout the year for all our meetings.     Finally, Eugene thanked all our Volunteers who make up a great team. Paula Callan thanked Eugene for leading the team.

New Volunteers always welcome. Contact: or or come along to our meetings every Tuesday night at 7.30 PM in the Iona Centre.

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