This year, to raise awareness and to encourage our citizens to stay safe, the Council has published a colourful information leaflet providing facts and tips on how to stay safe at Halloween. The leaflet also contains details of the various family events hosted by South Dublin County Council’s Libraries. Members of the public can find information on incentives offered by the Council to avoid damage to community open spaces as a result of illegal bonfires.
“Bulbs Not Bonfires” is a reward available through the Council’s innovative Social Credits Scheme. This initiative provides communities with flowers in the spring in return for organising alternative Halloween activities which will not harm our environment.
A free pass to Ballymount Civic Amenity Centre will be provided to every Social Credit applicant / group from Monday 11 October to encourage recycling, one pass allows one entry for one car and will be valid until Monday 8 November 2021.
As Halloween is fast approaching, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Peter Kavanagh said:
“Halloween is a fun time but also a time to be safe during activities. South Dublin County Council works with a number of services to support them in making our community safe during this time of the year such as An Garda Síochána, Dublin Fire Brigade and the Emergency Services. We encourage residents to participate in Bulbs not Bonfires and eliminate unnecessary costs related to bonfire clean-ups as well the pressure Halloween places on public safety and our Emergency Services. It is natural that people will be even more excited about Halloween this year due to the restrictions which we are living with, we must however recognise that many people are even more isolated due to Covid 19 and fear some Halloween activities. Please enjoy the festivities but stay safe and stay apart; and remember our furry friends too. Pets can get quite alarmed during Halloween, so keep them safe.”
Mayor Kavanagh encourages children to participate in the many activities taking place throughout our county, particularly in libraries. You can check out what’s happening in your area on www.southdublin.ie