Raheny, Dublin, Ireland  (Rath Éanna, Baile Átha Cliath, Éire)

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Raheny Library

Raheny is fortunate to have a large library (the busiest branch in all of the Dublin City Council Public Library system, serving a wide area). There is a bright junior section and a substantial main division, with large reference collection, teenage corner, picture lending, large audio collection and Public Internet Access machines (pre-booking usually required). A fair number of language courses are stocked and language learning desks are available. Raheny Library carries a range of special interest and community material, including a fine set of local history files and a wide range of forms and leaflets. Local schoolgoers and students of local matters often study in the library, while comfortable chairs are dotted about for ordinary browsers. There is also a fine stone chess board-and-seat set. The library has its own car parking. The grounds are always well-kept.
Location and access: On Howth Road, in the centre of the village, just east of the main crossroads. On or close to a range of major bus routes and the DART.

Other Dublin City Council facilities

The city's governing body (www.dublincorp.ie) has its main offices at Wood Quay in the city centre (DART to Tara St.), which is where many matters are handled (such as planning issues, though online facilities are developing). The nearest Motor Tax Office (car tax and driving licences) is at River House, Chancery St. Locally, the Corporation has offices in St. Anne's Park (see features), one of several green spaces it manages in the Raheny area, where there is also one of the city's Green Waste Depots, a range of sporting facilities, including tennis courts, football pitches and a par 3 golf course, and the famous Rose Garden and more recent Dublin City (Millennium) Arboretum. The nearest Cleansing Depot. and Bring Centre is on Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock, opposite Cadbury's factory. The nearest indoor Corporation sporting facilities are also in Coolock, with a swimming pool at Northside Shopping Centre and a sports hall on Glin Road. The local Fire Station is Kilbarrack.
A few key contact numbers: Corporation main switchboard, 672 2222.   Electricity and Public Lighting, 411 4400.   Traffic Faults, 1800 29 39 49.   Road Maintenance, 672 2255.   Press Office, 672 2170.

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Gardaí

Raheny hosts a substantial Garda Síochána (the Irish police force) station, looking after a wide area and headed by a Superintendent. Other nearby locations include Howth, Clontarf and Coolock (base of the local Chief Superintendent). The Garda Station is at 666 4300 and the Garda Confidential Line is Freephone 1800 666 111.
Location and access: On All Saints Drive, just in from the west end of the village centre. Opposite Raheny National Schools and beside the GAA and soccer clubs. Close to a range of major bus routes and the five minutes from the DART.
Also in Raheny is the Garda Retirement Home.

Health

Raheny Health Centre is on Main St., just south of the village centre; the phone number is 831 0386.
Raheny falls within the remit of the Northern Area Health Board, under the Eastern Regional Health Authority. The customer services number is Freephone 1800 520 520. The nearest main hospital is Beaumont; the area is also served by the Mater and James Connolly Memorial Hospitals. St. Joseph's Hospital on Springdale Road, five minutes from the DART station, is a non-acute facility.
Raheny is visited several times a year by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service for blood donations (the IBTS also handles registration on the Bone Marrow database and is one source of donor cards). Between visits, the nearest IBTS Centre is on D'Olier St. in the city centre (early reachable from DART or bus).

Post Office and Credit Union

Raheny Post Office (a Service Plus Office, with Billpay facility) is located on Howth Road, just east of the village centre, beside the library. The area has a good coverage of post boxes. The local delivery office is in Harmonstown.
Raheny and District Credit Union has its offices on former parish land between the Parish Hall/ Youth Club and the Scout Den, on Howth Road in the village centre.

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Other (non-commercial) facilities

There is a Parish Hall, which hosts St. Joseph's Youth Club, in the centre of the village, a Parish Hall in the Church of Ireland grounds, CARA Hall in St. Anne's and the Grange/ Woodbine Community Centre. Raheny also has a swimming pool (St. Paul's), substantial GAA and soccer clubhouses, a base for the major athletics club, Raheny Shamrocks, a scout hall and in St. Anne's, playing pitches (soccer and G.A.A.), tennis courts, changing facilities for various groups, a play area and a par 3 golf course; there are also facilities in Edenmore Park, including a pitch and putt course (open to all; putter and one other club required). St. Anne's Golf Club has a clubhouse on Bull Island (on the other end of Bull Island, in Clontarf, is the well-known Royal Dublin Golf Course). While the sea off Raheny has not been deep enough to allow much sailing for a long time, there are a number of boating clubs in nearby districts. (see the Links page for websites.

Examples of commercial facilities

Raheny has a large number of shopping and service facilities, such as the main shopping centre in the middle of the village (the anchor store is a Supervalu supermarket, along with a newsagency, chemist, video store, stationer, jeweller, hairdresser, travel agent, solicitor and dentist), the other village centre facilities (banks and building society, chemists, chip shop, Chinese food suppliers, bars, solicitors, barbers and hairdressers, butcher, carpet supplier, tyre provider, dry cleaners, betting shop, restaurant, fitness centre, motor dealer, convenience store, health store, clothes shops, motor accessories store etc...). There are also the groups of shops and service providers in St. Anne's, St. Assam's, at the Hilltop Centre on Belmont, and so on. Motor fuel is available from the motor dealer's forecourt (Maxol) and from Foxhall (Shell) and Texaco service stations... The Shieling Hotel (Regency Group) and a number of B&B (Bed and Breakfast) establishments provide accommodation. Overall, you won't be stuck for a wide range of retailers, financial institutions and services, trade workers and professionals around Raheny...

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For more details on groups and commercial operations, see the Gazetteer listing.

See also the section on transport.

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