On Friday, 19th of February 2021, the first St. Teresa’s Gardens Resident, Kris Taylor, received her key to a new home on Margaret Kennedy Road, in a very small, COVID-compliant event presided over by the Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD. Residents will begin moving from the St. Teresa’s Gardens flats to Margaret Kennedy Road houses and apartments on25th of February. The full press release of the event can be found here
The Land Development Agency has reached a deal with Dublin City Council to oversee the development of 700 social and affordable housing units on the St. Teresa’s Gardens site. More details of this can be found in this Irish Times article
A photography/art installation has recently been erected on Donore Avenue, between Donore Stores and the Community Centre, to celebrate the Old St. Teresa’s Gardens and give some information about Margaret Kennedy, after whom the address of the new houses and apartments is named.
Social groups ran by the Community Development Health Worker submitted most of the photographs, and some were also received from the archives of Donore Parish Church. A local group of young people facilitated by Foroige supplied the art. Thank you to everyone involved in putting together this piece, and to Dublin City Council for sponsoring it. Please feel free to take a look in person if in the vicinity. We have uploaded a short video for those that can’t get down to look themselves.
A special meeting was hosted by the Regeneration Board for Dublin City Council, Hines and the Land Development Agency, to discuss further development of the area, on 10th of September. The meeting was recorded and can be viewed below.
An Bord Pleanála has approved the first phase of plan for Player Wills and Bailey Gibson site. This phase includes construction of 416 new homes by US real estate group Hines and its Dutch joint venture partners, APG Asset Management. More details can be found in the Irish Times article here
The outbreak of Covid-19 from the end of March brought life as we knew it to a complete halt for most people. St. Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board kept in touch with residents with letters (which included public health advice), personalised cards, supermarket vouchers, hygiene packs, assistance with shopping, prescription collections etc. The social groups, while not permitted to meet in person, kept in contact through WhatsApp and Zoom, with Zoom bingo nights becoming a regular event for many groups. Outdoor exercise classes, which were held twice-weekly at the flats during the good weather in May and June were a popular way of getting fitter after lock-down. While meeting indoors still has to be approached with caution, and other hygiene practices have to be followed, thankfully we now seem to be moving towards normality again.
The developer Hines unveiled designs and more details for around 1,400 apartments, on lands of the old Player Wills cigarette factory, and Bailey Gibson site, which adjoin St. Teresa’s Gardens. In addition, Dublin City Council plans to provide around 600 social and affordable homes, a park and a sports pitch on adjoining land as part of a development masterplan for the area.Hines plans to restore the Player Wills factory building to provide shared amenities, including a gym, cinema rooms and co-working spaces, as well as cultural space and artists’ studios. Hines has also entered into a partnership with Inner City Enterprise (ICE), which will involve Hines providing financial assistance to enable ICE to support the development of small businesses and social enterprises in St Teresa’s Gardens and surrounding areas.
A detailed presentation of the plans unveiled at the Open Day is available here
Community Development Health Worker Pamela Carroll (second from left in photo) organised a Community Health Fair at the Donore Centre in February to mark the publication of St. Teresa’s Gardens Health Assessment by Brian Wall. Link to the report can be found under ‘Publications’ on this website. Exhibitors at the Fair included Irish Cancer Society, Irish Skin Foundation, SICCDA, Donore Drug and Alcohol Team, Healthy Ireland HSE and local Public Health Nurse. Free massages and Facials were also popular on the day. More photos of Health Fair can be found in the Gallery.