Transition Towns Donabate Portrane

Transition Towns Donabate Portrane is a not for profit voluntary and local organisation, part of the National and International Transition Towns Network. Our core purpose is to mobilise and facilitate community action in order to respond effectively and positively to peak oil and climate change through the building of local resilience with local community solutions and networks.

2014 Xmas Market

Posted on 1 Dec 2014

The annual Xmas Market is planned to run on Saturday 6th December 2014 at 2.30pm – 7.00pm, at the Parish Hall Donabate. The Market will run in tandem with the ‘Turning On’ of the village lights, which starts 4.30pm in St. Patrick’s RC Church Car Park with singing from the Children’s Choir. where Santa Clause will be making a special appearance.

TTDP Submission to An Bord Plaenala on New Forensic Mental Hospital

Posted on 20 Nov 2014

TTDP has made a submission to An Bord Pleanala in relation to the new Strategic Infrastructure Development that being the Planning Application for the proposed new National Forensic mental Hospital at St. Itas Portrane.

In the submission TTDP supports the location and development of the new NFMH at St. Ita’s Portrane, notwithstanding this support we have serious concerns and we recommend that An Bórd specifically deals with these concerns in order to make the new NFMH development;

  •  Safer During Construction
  •  More sustainable during construction and on completion
  •  More inclusive during construction and on completion
  •  Ultimately more successful for the community and the residents of the NFMH

TTDP specifically calls upon An Bórd to make the following conditions on the HSE/applicant to achieve these goals;

  1. Re‐design the location of the perimeter fencing to minimize the felling of trees and give to the community of Portrane Donabate the trees that cannot be saved as a part of the community gain
  2. Regularise the legal position guaranteeing any rerouted rights of way through the St. Ita’s complex prior to any work to these existing rights of way
  1. Re‐route the construction traffic away from the village, schools and graveyard via a temporary haul road across Fingal Co Co lands
  2. Give a community gain which is commensurate to the effort and amenity that the local community will give as a result of the NFMH, at a value of no less than 5% of the overall cost of the project
  3. Give the community through TTDP the opportunity to create a shared space at the walled gardens as part of the community gain

TTDP asks An Bórd Pleanála to give due and proper consideration to the points and recommendations made here if it sees to grant the permission to the HSE/applicant the development of the new NFMH at the St. Ita’s complex at Portrane.

The submission prepared by TTDP runs to 20 pages long and can be viewed by clicking on the attached link…Submission

Food and Craft Market Returns

Posted on 10 Apr 2014

After a long, wet and windy winter, things are about to blossom again. This includes our Food and Craft Market which will be with us from Saturday May 10th. Now in its  4th year, the market brings together a group of local producers and crafts people offering quality products directly in the community. Its  a great place to meet up with friends, have a coffee and shoot the breeze. We also plan to have arts and crafts for children each month so expect lots of pictures of vegetables.

This year we shall also have on hand Transition Town’s Community Liaison officer, Folake Olantunde who amongst other things will be organizing this year’s market. It’s certainly not too late to inquire about a stall at the market, You can catch Folake at 087 7468158 or

PS. Any aspiring DJ’s out there? the market offers an opportunity to play sounds to an audience for a couple of hours. Give us a shout.

Free HACCP Training

TTDP are offering the cost of the first stage of HACCP training to any budding food business start ups who trade in the TTDP Farmers Market over the summer of 2014.

This is an opportunity to have your HACCP training paid for with the opportunity of selling your product from an established Market in Donabate, this summer.

If you are looking to start a food business and wish to avail of this free training course, contact or on (087) 746 8158

Christmas Market 2013

Posted on 25 Nov 2013

Christmas markets are becoming an increasing part of our seasonal festivities in Ireland and of course we can’t claim to have invented them. They originated in the 14thCentury in Germany and marked the four weeks of Advent -so the concept really spread like wildfire to Ireland!

In Donabate and Portrane we wish to mark the beginning of this festive season with a Christmas market on Saturday 30 November at 3pm until 7. This also coincides with the Christmas tree lightening up ceremony in Donabate village.

This is a great afternoon for adults to bump into friends and neighbours and share a glass of mulled wine and browse the many craft and food stalls. Kids will also enjoy the countdown to the Christmas tree being illuminated. Teenagers will enjoy standing around playing with their smartphones.

We will have lots of market favourites like cheese, bread, cakes and treats as well has many craft and gift sellers with great stuff like candles, decorations and books. We’ll have hot food to keep the tummies from rumbling and we’ll have fantastic coffee to keep us all alert.

The Christmas market will be at its usual spot at and in the Parish Hall and the lights ceremony will be in the church grounds at 4.30pm

We hope to see as many of you as possible and we wish all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Transition Towns Donabate Portrane

Apple Press at Donabate Market Saturday 28th September

Posted on 23 Sep 2013

This is the only Apple update you need to hear about!

Two years ago TTDP invested in a community fruit press and crusher and had some great days using it at the market. We will have someone to help you press your apples this Saturday into beautiful juice. We know the tricks. All you need to do is bring along your apples and sterilised bottles. If you’ve loads of apples you may share some of the juice around for others to taste.

You can sterilize your bottles either using sterilizing chemical tablets e.g. Milton or by boiling them in water followed by drying them in the oven (this obviously applies to glass bottles)

In our experience kids get great enjoyment from the crushing so bring along the little ones!

The market season is drawing to a close and our traders have tried hard to provide a local alternative for your shopping, so it will be great to see you down there on every Saturday, but particularly for Apple Day.

Donabate Food and Craft Market takes place each Saturday between 11am and 3pm at the Parish Hall. You can’t miss it.


We have been successful in getting funding from Fingal Leader Partnership Company, The Dept of Agriculture, Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and the EU for 100% funding for the business courses and 75% for the market set up. We would like to thank them for tehir support, advice and encouragement.

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