Welcome to The Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association (SAMRA)

SAMRA is Dublin's longest established residents' association.

Our main aims are to protect and improve the environs of Sandymount Strand, Sandymount Village & Dublin Bay.

We would really like you to join us and have your voice heard.


The Story of SAMRA

SAMRA began with a group of residents of Sandymount concerned at the creeping loss of beach and sea at Sandymount as an environmental and recreational amenity for the citizens of Dublin.

In 1957 Sandymount Residents Association was formed to end the use of Sandymount Strand as the main refuse dump for Dublin City. An agreement was reached with the then Dublin Corporation that all dumping would cease in 1963 at a point close to the city end of Beach Road near the present Sean Moore Road.

That Association expanded in 1965 to become the Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association because of Dublin Corporation’s plans to fill in the whole of the Strands as far as the City boundary at Merrion Gates with municipal, industrial, and hazardous waste, in breach of the agreement, and the construction of a rubble causeway across Sandymount Strand by Roadstone to a site in the sea for an unauthorised cement plant. The causeway was described by Dublin Corporation as "a line of advance filling". Neither the causeway nor the Roadstone site had any planning permission. The beaches had by that time been zoned as areas of High Amenity with the stated objective of declaring them an area of Special Amenity under the 1963 Planning Act.

Sandymount and Merrion Strands were used extensively by thousands of Dublin families as their seaside playground and, for many, their only affordable holiday resort.

Achievements and Activities

  1. The final cessation of large scale dumping by the end of 1978, with the additional promise by the Local Authority that all land recaimed from the sea up to that date, and not needed for essential Port purposes, would be public parkland. [Some garbage dumping did in fact continue to a limited degree in the period up to 1981 which included the "bin" mens strike.
  2. Pressure from SAMRA led to the creation of Sean Moore Park [originally called Beach Park] and of Irishtown Nature Park, in line with proposals from the Association.
  3. Prevention of the construction of an oil refinery on part of the remaining Sandymount Strand.
  4. Participation in the oral hearing to prevent the construction of underground storage caverns for liquid petroleum gases, propane and butane, in the seabed .
  5. The original design and landscaping of the promenade to cover the Dodder Valley Drainage Scheme pipes laid on Sandymount Strand, in order to create an amenity for Dubliners.
  6. The protection and preservation of Sandymount Green, and the designation of part of Sandymount Village as a Conservation Area.
  7. Having Sandymount Strand zoned as an SAC and SPA.
  8. Traffic Speed Control – 50Km/Hr on Strand Road and 30KpH in Sandymount Village
  9. Addition of Pedestrian Crossing Lights – Strand Road, Gilford Road, Sandymount Green
  10. BANNING of HGVs in Sandymount Village and Strand Road
  11. The Association also holds a community event for children and families of the area in Sandymount Green in June each year and at Christmas for the lighting up of the Christmas tree. Prior to Dublin City Council generously providing us with a "real" Christmas tree and lights, the Association had since the 1960’s lit up one of the trees in the Green with the support of the small traders in the village.

The SAMRA Committee

Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association Committee 2020

These are the current serving Committee Members. We need your help and involvement.

David Turner

Margaret Brindley

Joan McArthur

Karl Anderson

Irene Duffy Lynch
(Committee Member)

Liam Handy

Paddy Dunne
(Committee Member)

P J O' Gorman
(Committee Member)

Niall McElroy

Jeremy Humphries

Mark Wheeler

SAMRA has a Committee which meets monthly and has an AGM. The following are documents and information from these meetings.


Minutes8th August 2022SAMRA Committee Minutes - 8th August 2022
Minutes11th July 2022SAMRA Committee Minutes - 11th July 2022
Minutes13th June 2022SAMRA Committee Minutes - 13th June 2022
Minutes9th May 2022SAMRA Committee Minutes - 9th May 2022
Minutes4th April 2022SAMRA Committee Minutes - 4th April 2022
Minutes7th March 2022SAMRA Committee Minutes - 7th March 2022
Minutes7th February 2022SAMRA Committee Minutes - 7th February 2022
Minutes10th January 2022SAMRA Committee Minutes - 10th January 2022
Minutes13th December 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes - 13th December 2021
Minutes22nd November 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes - 22nd November 2021
Minutes17th October 2021SAMSAMRA Committee Minutes - 17th October 2021
Minutes13th September 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes2 - 13th September 2021
Minutes12th July 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes2 - 12th July 2021
Minutes14th June 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes - 14th June 2021
Minutes10th May 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes - 10th May 2021
Minutes12th April 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes - 12th April 2021
Minutes15th March 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes - 15th March 2021
Minutes15th February 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes - 15th February 2021
Minutes1st February 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes -1st February 2021
2020 AGM Proceedings & Key Notes18th January 2021AGM 18-01-2021 - Proceedings and Key Notes
2020 AGM Presentation18th January 2021SAMRA - 2020 AGM - FINAL
Minutes11th January 2021SAMRA Committee Minutes -11th January 2021
Minutes9th December 20207th December 2020
Minutes23rd November 2020SAMRA Committee Minutes - 23rd November 2020
Minutes9th November 2020SAMRA Committee Minutes - 9th November 2020
Minutes26th October 20209th November 2020
Minutes26th October 202026th October 2020
Minutes12th October 202012th October 2020
Minutes29th September 202028th September 2020
Minutes11th March 202011th March 2020
Minutes of SAMRA & STTCA Meeting13th February 2020Joint SAMRA & STTCA Meeting Minutes 19 Feb 2020
MinutesFebruary 20204th February 2020


2019 AGM MinutesJanuary 2020AGM - Minutes and Follow Up Actions 13 01 2020
2019 AGM PresentationJanuary 2020SAMRA - 2019 AGM - PRESENTATION
MinutesNovember 201925th November 2019
MinutesOctober 201921st October 2019
MinutesSeptember 201923rd September 2019
MinutesAugust 201929th August 2019
MinutesJuly 201922nd July 2019
MinutesJune 201924th June 2019
MinutesMay 201927th May 2019
MinutesApril 201929th April 2019
MinutesMarch 201929th March 2019
MinutesFebruary 201918th February 2019
2018 AGM Minutes15th January 20192018 AGM Minutes - 15th January 2019
2018 AGM Presentation15th January 20192018 AGM Presentation - 15th January 2019
MinutesJanuary 201910th January 2019



MinutesDecember 20183rd December 2018
MinutesNovember 20184th November 2018
MinutesOctober 20188th October 2018
MinutesSeptember 20184th September 2018
MinutesAugust 20187th August 2018
MinutesJuly 201811th July 2018
MinutesJune 20186th June 2018
MinutesMay 20181st May 2018
MinutesApril 2018No Meeting
MinutesMarch 201820th March 2018
MinutesFebruary 201820th February 2018
MinutesJanuary 201823rd January 2018



MinutesDecember12th December 2017
MinutesNovember15th November 2017
MinutesOctober17th October 2017
MinutesSeptember22nd September 2017
MinutesAugust17th August 2017
MinutesMay29th May 2017
MinutesMay22nd May 2017
MinutesMay8th May 2017
MinutesApril26th April 2017
MinutesApril5th April 2017
MinutesMarch22nd March 2017
MinutesFebruary27th February 2017 Special Meeting
AGMJanuary2017 AGM Minutes - 15th January 2018 2017 AGM Presentation


AGMNovember2016 AGM Minutes - 25th November 2016