Friday 30 September 2016

Emotional moment for residents as last block of flats demolished

Ryan Nugent

Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30

Local residents and Housing Minister Simon Coveney look on at the demolition of the
final block of flats in St Teresa’s Gardens, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8 yesterday. Photos: Damien Eagers
Local residents and Housing Minister Simon Coveney look on at the demolition of the final block of flats in St Teresa’s Gardens, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8 yesterday. Photos: Damien Eagers

The final block of flats belonging to the St Teresa's Gardens neighbourhood was finally demolished yesterday.

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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.

The demolition of the final block in St. Teresa’s Gardens, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8 takes place. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The demolition of the final block in St. Teresa’s Gardens, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8 takes place. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

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"At the time it was a solution for housing for many families, but it's totally outdated now."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."

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