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.
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
There is a fun day ahead as the local Women’s Community Football Match takes place in St. Catherines Hall on the 12th December @ 4pm.
There will be afters…. and also some nibbles back in the Donore Youth and Community Centre.
Kids entertainment, a visit from the Big Man himself and the Lighting of the Christmas Trees.
All Welcome. Hope to see you there.
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.
There are a range of free programmes being ran locally by SICCDA.
Some are taking place in the Donore Youth and Community Centre. These are open to all. Please take a look at the information and contact SICCDA or the community centre if you would like to take part.
SICCDA Sole Mates Walking Group
FREE Tai Chi Classes
SICCDA Broadsheet – Spring Edition
Please click on the link below to view the latest improvements to the precinct.
Precinct Improvements March 29th 2019
I would like to invite you to ‘Remembering St Teresa’s Gardens Day’
on Saturday 23rd March from 11am-2pm in the Donore Youth and Community Centre.
I would like to invite you to bring along a memento that reminds you of a special memory in St Teresa’s Gardens. The item will photographed and the story of the special memory will be recorded. Mementos that people have brought to similar events include gravy bowls, photographs, christening gowns, door numbers, and ornaments. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a small show of the stories which have already been collected in St Teresa’s Gardens as part of this project.
This event is part of an ongoing oral history project in St Teresa’s Gardens. In 2014 St Theresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board partnered with UCD’s Folklore Department and Dublin City Council Arts and Heritage Officers to begin a process of collecting oral history from residents and ex-residents of St Teresa’s Gardens. The project acknowledges that there is a unique culture contained within the ‘walls’ of St Teresa’s Gardens and is collecting this through oral stories that will be held in the national archive.
This is a joint project with Dolphin House.
***Can you please share this with all residents and ex-residents ***
All current residents will receive an invitation through their letterboxes next week, as will local community/ sports services and businesses.