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Thursday 14 December 2017

St Teresa's Gardens demolition begins

Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Pic: Barry Duggan
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Pic: Barry Duggan
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Pic: Barry Duggan
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Pic: Barry Duggan
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Pic: Barry Duggan
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015
From l to r, are, May, Valerie and Carmel Radford, their family has lived in St Teresa's gardens for over 60 years, Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015
From l to r, are, May, Valerie, Carmel, and their brother, Paul Radford, their family has lived in St Teresa's gardens for over 60 years, Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015
Valerie Radford, with her brother, Paul Radford, their family has lived in St Teresa's gardens for over 60 years, Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015
Demolition work has started in St Teresa's Gardens as part of the regeneration of the area on Donore Avenue in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/2/2015

Work has begun on a regeneration project for one of Dublin city centre's most disadvantaged areas.

Residents of the St Teresa's Gardens complex, near the Coombe, have been waiting for work to start on the redevelopment of their area since 2006.

The demolition of 14 apartment blocks began on Friday, clearing the way for 50 new residential units comprising 16 apartments and 34 houses as well as an urban park.

The go-ahead was given by Dublin City Council in 2012 to revamp the estate, which was built in the 1950s.

Despite the massive project to redevelop the area, local residents are sceptical about the end product.

Paul Redford, who has lived in St Teresa's Gardens since it was built more than 60 years ago, feels the project will not be completed.

"It's a shame - they're tearing down these apartments which have been here for decades and will more than likely leave it as a green area," he said.

Mr Redford and his siblings are one of only six families left in the estate, which originally housed close to 150 families in the bottom block alone.

He said the area has been left like a "ghost town", and lamented the condition of the place he has called home for six decades.

"Most of the windows from our apartment block have been boarded up or taken out, so the house is very cold at night," he said.

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