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Sunday 11 December 2016

"I lived in the flats between 1978 and 1983. When I moved here the World Cup in Argentina was on. Argentina won and I remember the atmosphere in the pubs. I can still hear the people shouting and roaring.

Patrick Molloy

"I lived in the flats between 1978 and 1983. When I moved here the World Cup in Argentina was on. Argentina won and I remember the atmosphere in the pubs. I can still hear the people shouting and roaring.

"There were great pubs at the time. Quite fancy. The Penthouse used to have cabaret every night and people came from far and wide.

"I remember when the Pope came to visit everyone stood on the balconies to wave at him flying by in his plane. It was such a big deal back then.

"Can you imagine that now? Everyone was so excited. It was an amazing atmosphere.

"When I moved here, people living in the flats were waiting to be housed elsewhere. If, say, you wanted to move to Cabra and you were living with your parents and you had one child, then you'd have to wait longer.

"You could speed up the process if you had another child. It was like a points system. Basically, you'd get more points the more children you had.

"Back when I was living here there was a swimming pool, but that's gone too now. Of course, there's progress, but sometimes things go backwards too."

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