Life during lock-down


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.

Hines Open Day for Player Wills/Bayley Gibson site 12th March

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