St. Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board was able to offer 2 full days of Easter camps for children and teenagers from Margaret Kennedy Rd and Court. The first day was a trip to Ardgillaun Castle and Demesne, which included a guided tour and lunch at the castle followed by a trip to the playground.
The 2nd day consisted of a trip to the ever popular Tayto Park. 20 Children took part and a great time was had by all.
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In early December, St. Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board, sponsored by Dublin City Council, arranged for HSK Nurseries to plant over 700 native hedge and climber plants on the brownfield site along the fence which runs all the way along Margaret Kennedy Road. Even though most of these plants (the main exception being the ewe trees and holly) will be in a barely visible dormant state over the winter months, we are hoping that by next summer the fence will be adorned by thriving plants with flowers and berries in years to come. More information on the plant species and the project in general can be found on the following posters, which have also been hung along the planted fence.
Main information poster
Hedge Plants 1
Hedge Plants 2
Holly and Honeysuckle
Three half-day art workshops were held between the 19th and 21st of August, for children and young people from Margaret Kennedy Road to create art installations for the fence running along the road.
These workshops were run by ReCreate Ireland, a social enterprise specialising in educational art projects and using recycled materials.
The last of these workshops also involved other family activities such as food and snacks, music, target football, limbo and other games, and was opened up to children from the surrounding streets also.
Even with the occasional run-ins with rain, the children were very successful with their art work and at least 30 children and young people took part over the three days. Please see some pictures of the process as well as finished installations in the gallery.
On 22nd of July, two separate events took place on Margaret Kennedy Road; a street clean-up day and delivery, planting and hanging of hanging baskets full of flowers for each of the houses and apartments on Margaret Kennedy Court and Road.
The clean-up day was organised by the Community Development Health Worker Pamela Carroll, with Dublin City Council providing the equipment. Thank you to Pamela, Linda, Bronwyn and all the young pickers for all the hard work on the day!
The hanging baskets and flowers were sourced from P.A.C.E., a social enterprise on the Northside of Dublin which works with former prisoners. Regeneration Board staff helped residents pick and plant their flowers, as well as installing safe brackets for each house and apartment.
Two separate summer camps were held during the first two weeks of August; one for secondary and one for primary-school-age children from Margaret Kennedy Road.
Both camps were at full capacity, particularly with the younger age group with 21 children taking part every day. The activities involved trips on a chartered coach to Dublin Zoo, a Forest Park in Dublin Mountains, Tayto Park etc.
The children had a great time, and the camp also helped kids and families who had moved to Margaret Kennedy Road from St. Teresa’s Gardens flats, and other parts of Dublin to get to know each other better.
Dublin City Council have listened to the local community and agreed to relocate the playground currently at St. Teresa’s Gardens flats, which was 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.
This video, by Myles Shelly and Jeanette Lowe, was recently commissioned by Dublin City Council, and features some long-time tenants of St. Teresa’s Gardens, as well as other local characters: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/dublin-city-council_st-teresas-gardens-housing-complex-ugcPost-6798915568293482496-0yYl
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
January Newsletter now available to view or download here