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.
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.
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
Visit our Galleries page to see the first photographs of interiors of new houses and apartments on Margaret Kennedy Road.