Small Urban Community on the Edge. Regeneration process at St. Teresa’s Gardens Estate, Dublin, Ireland

October 5th 2013

Posted by Tomasz Szustek

The complex of 16 blocks of flats at St.Teresa’s Gardens, south inner Dublin was built in the 50s and now is in an advanced stage of decay with persistent sewerage and damp problems. The estate has also been blighted with anti-social behavior, drugs and criminal activity.

City councilors have recently approved the plans for the demolition of almost all blocks at the estate and regeneration of the area. New apartments blocks are planned to be build on site. For now, the residents are being relocated to the different locations across the Dublin, but the process is very slow. Those who still live there suffer not only from poor conditions but also from isolation – some families are just left in blocks where there are just one or two more people. On the other hand, many people who have moved out want to come back because they miss the community spirit.

The only still vibrant place at the estate remains local boxing club where volunteer coaches encourage dozens of kids to pursue their sport dreams

1. St.Teresa's Gardens estate, general view
1. St.Teresa's Gardens estate, general view
2.Empty building at St. Teresa's Gardens etsate
2.Empty building at St. Teresa's Gardens etsate
3.Teenagers at St. Teresa's Gardens estate
3.Teenagers at St. Teresa's Gardens estate
4.Teenagers at St. Teresa's Gardens estate
4.Teenagers at St. Teresa's Gardens estate
5. Playing ground at St. Teresa's Gardens
5. Playing ground at St. Teresa's Gardens
6. Local resident drying her loundry
6. Local resident drying her loundry
7.Teenagers riding a sulky
7.Teenagers riding a sulky
8.Teenager at St Teresas Gardens
8.Teenager at St Teresas Gardens
9.Christmas decorations left on the disused building
9.Christmas decorations left on the disused building
10.Residents enjoying the sunsine
10.Residents enjoying the sunsine
11.Teenager at St. Teresas Garden's estate
11.Teenager at St. Teresas Garden's estate
12.Half empty block at St. Teresa's Gardens etsate
12.Half empty block at St. Teresa's Gardens etsate
13.Kris, resident of St. Teresa's Gardens
13.Kris, resident of St. Teresa's Gardens
14.Rita, resident of St. Teresa's Gardens
14.Rita, resident of St. Teresa's Gardens
15.Kids playing at St. Teresa's Gardens
15.Kids playing at St. Teresa's Gardens
16.St.Teresa's Gardens, Donore Boxing Club
16.St.Teresa's Gardens, Donore Boxing Club
17.Sean Burke, a volunteer coach at Donore Boxing Club renovating clubs premses
17.Sean Burke, a volunteer coach at Donore Boxing Club renovating clubs premses
18.Thomas Reid, one of the founders of Donore Boxing Club(est.1972)
18.Thomas Reid, one of the founders of Donore Boxing Club(est.1972)
19.Coach Sean Burke supervising training session at Donore Boxing Club
19.Coach Sean Burke supervising training session at Donore Boxing Club
20.Training session at Donore Boxing Club
20.Training session at Donore Boxing Club
21.Coach Sean Burke with his son Harry  at Donore Boxing Club
21.Coach Sean Burke with his son Harry at Donore Boxing Club
22.Jafiat during the training session at Donore Boxing Club
22.Jafiat during the training session at Donore Boxing Club
23.Training session at Donore Boxing Club
23.Training session at Donore Boxing Club
24.Harry at the training session at Donore Boxing Club
24.Harry at the training session at Donore Boxing Club
25.St. Teresa's Gardens estate, general view
25.St. Teresa's Gardens estate, general view