Christmas Opening Times 2023, Recycling Centres, Christmas Tree recycling etc

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Fingal County Council Offices will close to the public for the Christmas period at 4.30pm on Friday December 22, 2023 and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday January 2, 2024. The Payments Offices will close as normal at 3.30pm.

For emergencies ring 01 8905000 - please note the  [email protected]  email address will not be monitored during the Christmas closing period.

See details below for Free Parking at Pay & Display 3 Saturdays in December as well as opening times for Libraries, Recycling Centres, Christmas Tree recycling, Bring Banks etc. 


Fingal County Council Offices will close to the public for the Christmas period on Friday December 22, 2023 and will reopen on Tuesday January 2,  2024. Check our our Library Resources Online  at eServices and eResources

Fingal Regional Parks

All Fingal Regional Parks will operate normal winter opening times over the Christmas period, including Christmas Day,


See below the Christmas opening hours for both Recycling Centres below. 


Estuary Recycling Centre

  • 23rd December: 8.00am to 12.00pm (Last vehicle entry is 11.30am)
  • 24th, 25th, 26th December: Closed
  • 27th, 28th, 29th December: Open 8.00am to 8.00pm (Last vehicle entry 7.30pm)
  • 30th December: Open 8.00am to 12.00pm (Last vehicle entry is 11.30am)
  • 31st & 1st January: Closed
  • 2nd January: Normal hours resume 
    • Monday – Friday 8.00am-8.00pm (Last vehicle entry is 7.30pm)
    • Saturday 8.00am – 6.00pm (Last vehicle entry is 5.30pm)

Coolmine Recycling Centre

  • 23rd December: 9.00am to 1.00pm (Last vehicle entry is 12.30pm)
  • 24th, 25th ,26th  December: Closed
  • 27th, 28th ,29th December: Open 9.00am to 4.00pm (Last vehicle entry 3.30pm)
  • 30th December: Open 9.00am to 1.00pm (Last vehicle entry 12.30pm)
  • 31st & 1st January: Closed
  • 2nd January: Normal hours resume
    • Monday - Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm (Last vehicle entry 3.30pm)



Christmas Tree Collection Points

2nd – 16th January 2024  Download here



(Enquiries – Operations Depot, email: [email protected]


  • Bath Road Car Park, Balbriggan
  • Barnageeragh Carpark, Balbriggan Road
  • Hayestown Open Space, Rush
  • Orlynn Park Entrance, Access from Dublin Road, Lusk



(Enquiries - Operations Depot, email: [email protected]


  • Estuary Recycling Centre (normal opening hours only)
  • Rathingle Playing Fields Car Park
  • Swords Manor pitches
  • Donabate Community Centre Car Park (Formerly the square Donabate)
  • The Brook, Portrane
  • Santry Demesne Car Park



(Enquiries – Operations Depot, email: [email protected]

  • Public Car Park, Back Road, Malahide Demesne
  • Public Car Park, Strand Road, Portmarnock
  • Kinsealy Court, Kinsealy
  • The Banks Car Park, Malahide
  • Racecourse Park, Baldoyle
  • Sutton Park, Sutton
  • Harbour Car Park, Howth



(Enquiries – Operations Depot, email: [email protected]


  • Millennium Park Car Park, Snugborough Road Extension, Coolmine – park opening hours only
  • Hartstown Park Car Park
  • St. Catherine’s Park Car Park – park opening hours only


  • Please note that only Christmas trees will be accepted at the above locations, other green waste, Christmas tree stands, etc. will not be accepted


7 Day Notices - The latest time/date for receipt of 7 Day Notices accompanying Fire Safety Certificates in the office and also for on-line applications is 4.00p.m. on Friday, 15th December, 2023.

Applications received after this time will be considered to have been received on Tuesday, 2nd January 2024.

BCMS Notice - The latest date for submission of Commencement Notices and Applications (Fire Safety Certificates, Disability Access Certificates, Dispensations and Relaxations) including Further or Revised Information, to the BCMS on-line system is 11:59pm on the 19th December 2023. BCMS will reopen for submissions at 12:01am on the 2nd January 2024. 

Certificates of Compliance on Completion applications will not be added to the Register between 19th December 2023 and 2nd January 2024.

Please bear this in mind when submitting a prior notification on completion.



Following previous successful schemes, it has been decided to provide free parking in the following Pay & Display towns across Fingal for 3 Saturdays in December in the run up to Christmas. The towns in question are:

Balbriggan, Rush, Skerries, Swords and in Malahide, Bridgefield Carpark only (ticket required).

The dates are 9th, 16th, 23rd December 2023.

Fingal County Council supports local enterprise and hopes that this initiative will assist local businesses by encouraging citizens to “shop local” in these towns at the busiest shopping time of the year.

Parking must be legal, i.e. no parking in loading bays or blue permit parking spaces without a valid permit.

It should be noted that Pay and Display areas in Clonsilla, Dublin 15, have free parking on Saturdays all year round.

Tips & Tricks for a Green Christmas

We can all contribute to making Christmas greener by implementing some simple actions to reduce our environmental impact. Some ideas include:

• only purchasing what we need

• gifting experiences like spa, cinema, or theatre tickets

• choosing a live tree that can be replanted

• making homemade cards and gift wrap

• preventing food waste

• ensuring to think reduce, reuse, and recycle

See for some hints and tips for a greener Christma

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