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.
A special meeting was hosted by the Regeneration Board for Dublin City Council, Hines and the Land Development Agency, to discuss further development of the area, on 10th of September. The meeting was recorded and can be viewed below.
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.
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