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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Celtic Tiger complex becomes community allotments

Boomtime plans for apartments at Belmayne have been scrapped

Louise Kelly

Published 21/05/2014|08:35

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Belmayne was launched by celebrity couple Jamie and Louise Redknapp in April 2007 at a high-profile, glitzy event

A plot of land destined to be used for an elite apartment complex has now been turned into council-run allotments.

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The luxurious housing development at Belmayne in north Dublin was launched in 2007 to much fanfare and media attention.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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