Celtic Tiger complex becomes community allotments
Boomtime plans for apartments at Belmayne have been scrapped
A plot of land destined to be used for an elite apartment complex has now been turned into council-run allotments.
The luxurious housing development at Belmayne in north Dublin was launched in 2007 to much fanfare and media attention.
Celebrities and well-known personalities drawn in to mark the extravagant occasion included Irish model and businesswoman Andrea Roche and even England’s power couple Louise and Jamie Redknapp.
However, with the economic downturn, sales were not as impressive as originally expected and much of the development remained half-empty years later.
With subsequent building plans collapsing, Dublin City Council has now set aside more than two acres of land for allotments in the Belmayne and Clongriffin area.
Unlike the downfall of Belmayne after its glitzy unveiling, the allotment scheme was hugely popular with local residents and there is now a long waiting list to claim one of the 112 available plots.