SHE is going from life in a high-rise, 15 floors up, to ground level living. However, this soon-to-be former resident of the Ballymun towers said she is sad to be leaving.
Theresa Freeman (47), one of the last remaining residents in the north Dublin towers, is preparing to move out of her top-floor home today and into a bungalow.
She is leaving her flat in the Joseph Plunkett tower – her home for the last 20 years – as the building is due to be demolished as part of the Ballymun regeneration programme.
Ms Freeman recalled how her mother Brigid thought the complex was like Manhattan when she first moved to the area in the 1960s.
"I'm very sad to leave the flats now, I've so many memories here," she said.
"When my mother moved to a home here for the first time she thought the place looked like New York.
"My family has grown up here with me, but I'm trying to downsize now. I've a lot of things I'll just give to the charity shop."
Another five families remain in their flats in the Plunkett block and talks are continuing with Dublin City Council to find them new accommodation.
Ms Freeman said her home in the high-rise tower was comfortable and secure.
"It had a good neighbourly feel in the block. People who cared. We'd 20 good years here with my daughter growing up," she said.
The Ballymun regeneration masterplan was unveiled in 1998. It will move another step closer to completion next year when the remaining towers are demolished.
Mary Taylor, the council's assistant area manager, said decisions will be made over the next few months as to whether it can be taken down mechanically or through controlled explosion.
"For a lot of people, leaving is quite hard. It's their home," she said.
The city council said the regeneration plan has provided more than 2,000 social houses.