Emotional moment for residents as last block of flats demolished
The final block of flats belonging to the St Teresa's Gardens neighbourhood was finally demolished yesterday.
As part of a regeneration programme in Donore Avenue, Dublin 8, some 10 houses and seven blocks of flats have been demolished in the area.
On hand to mark the demolition was Housing Minister Simon Coveney, who said it was "about transforming people's lives".
"This was a flat complex that was built in the late 1940s and early 1950s," he said.
"At the time it was a solution for housing for many families, but it's totally outdated now."
The end of Teresa's Gardens marked a sad moment for residents, some of whom knew no other life than growing up in the community.
Carmel Radford (50) lived there all of her life.
"It's very emotional and heartbreaking," she said. "It was brilliant, you wouldn't get friends like it."