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