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 will upload a short video in the next few days 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.
Residents of St. Teresa’s Gardens and surrounding area had an opportunity to see a presentation from the architects of 54 new houses and apartments under construction on the regeneration site. Outlines of some of the most common floor plans were marked on the floor of the Sport Hall in Donore Youth and Community Centre, and further visual aids were displayed on the walls. Architects were also able to answer any questions and concerns, and the general feeling was that the size, design and general finish of the houses and apartments was quite impressive. A copy of the presentation given on the day by the architects is available to download here
Hines is running two open days on the site at Player Wills, entry from Donore Avenue, displaying materials and plans for the development of the Bailey Gibson and Player Wills sites.
12.30 pm to 8.00pm on Thursday 11th July
8.00am to 6.00pm on Friday 12th July.
Hines is a major global property development and property management company. In December 2018 Hines bought a significant portion of lands within the Regeneration Area comprising St Teresa’s Gardens and surrounding areas in the South Inner City of Dublin.