• Group Name: Roseberry Tankardsgarden Community Text Alert
  • Garda District: Newbridge / Kildare
  • Gardai directly issuing alerts on behalf of the group: Yes
  • Contact Name: Raphael Ryan
  • Service Provider: CommunityAlerts.ie
  • No. of Subscribers: 170

Introduction:

One of the first groups to set up with CommunityAlerts.ie Text Alert after we were formally announced as a preferred service provider by Muintir Na Tire was Roseberry-Tankardsgarden, just outside Newbridge Co. Kildare. Since setting up during August 2013 they have issued 34 community text alerts. This figure is a combination of texts issued by the group directly and also alerts that were issued by Newbridge Garda Station to CommunityAlerts.ie directly. Raphael Ryan is the group chairman and we caught up with him to get his reflections on their Text Alert service.

Case Study: Roseberry - Tankardsgarden, by Raphael Ryan (Chairman):

Roseberry and Tankardsgarden lie on the edge of Newbridge, Co Kildare. Quite a bit of Roseberry has an urban population but the rest of the district stretches out as far as the bog and along the Liffey valley. A development that is quite similar to any large town in Ireland. With an active community throughout the district highlights of the year like the Social Evening in the autumn, a Senior Citizens night in the summer, a table quiz for fund raising in the spring, and regular get-togethers to clean up the roadsides and embankments the citizens of Roseberry and Tankardsgarden have the habit of looking out for each other.

Then, as crime levels rose throughout rural Ireland and houses in the area experienced those unexpected 'calls', a growing number of concerned locals were very willing to consider a mobile text system to keep everyone in contact with what was going on. The residents'™ committee examined the various options, got advice from the Garda Liaison Officer, Conor McHugh, and we organized a number of meetings to inform everybody. We invited Councillor Martin Miley, from the Athy/Balitore area where he had organized a successful text alert system, to give a talk to the residents. The committee worked hard to select the right system for them, and CommunityAlerts.ie was the one we chose.

We have now been operating Text Alert for over a year (our second year subscriptions are due in the late summer/early autumn). It has been a very positive experience for all concerned. Greater awareness of what was happening in the locality was one benefit, apart from receiving the alerts for suspicious activity and security issues. In the past year there has been a notable reduction in robberies/burglaries, and common events organized by the committee have been well attended as a result of the easy access to people the text alert affords.

In the coming year we are trying to get everybody communicating by email too, especially for non critical messages, notices about local events and longer informative pieces that can't be sent by text. But everybody likes the text alerts and the fact that the Gardai are also sending out text that they think relevant to the area's security, although their involvement might mean more texts being sent out and, therefore, a greater cost to the community. But we have fund-raising events to help with that and other necessities in the area.

Raphael Ryan, Chairperson of Roseberry, Tankardsgarden & District Residents Association, Co. Kildare

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