Dublin City Council have listened to the local community and agreed to relocate the playground currently at St. Teresa’s Gardens flats, which are due to be demolished later this year, to the empty lot bordering Donore Avenue and Margaret Kennedy Road. The planters, as seen in the first photo, will also be relocated to this interim play area, which will hopefully remain in place until the full size sports pitch and linear park with a permanent playground have been constructed. This is great news for local families, as green space and play areas are in short supply in this part of Dublin 8. DCC are also going to install CCTV to ensure that this interim space will remain safe for everyone to use.
A mural was recently commissioned by St. Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board and Donore Credit Union and completed by local artists from Signs of Power. It is located on a gable wall of a terrace of houses on Harmon Street, facing Donore Avenue directly, and features a James Joyce quote, which encapsulates the transition of the population of St. Teresa’s Gardens.
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