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Memories of Ballymun

Ballymun was often a hotbed of crime in the 80s and 90s.

The flats developed a reputation for drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour.

But behind the grim statistics there were people and families with wonderfully colourful lives.

Everything about the Ballymun towers was about community.

Neighbours looked out for each other, helped each other out and were fiercely protective of their extended family.

Children grew up side by side and built friendships that lasted a lifetime.

When they were built, the high-rise towers were futuristic and impresive, but over time they became imposing and grey. However, inside the flats they were colourful, warm and homely.

There may be some bad memories associated with the imposing towers, but many people remember the Ballymun towers with fondness.