The quiet and lonely life of a ghost estate
Families all over Ireland are feeling stranded in semi-deserted and unfinished estates, says Hilary A White
Crumpled railings lie about the place. Beer cans and plastic bags litter the weedy corners and unkempt green areas. Footprints of houses-to-be sit next to shells, derelict structures and the odd showroom.
In among this static landscape are those premises that are inhabited.
Welcome to a 'ghost estate'.