O’DEVANEY GARDENS – URBAN DEPRESSION AND DECAY
This is a road that I never walked along before and I must admit that I did not know that it is in Stoneybatter. When I was much younger the No. 10 bus went down this road on its way to Dublin Zoo and my father always insisted that I got off the bus one stop before the bus went down the street so in fact I never actually visited the street before today, let alone walk along it. Note: The No. 10 bus has since been replaced by the 46A.
O’Devaney Gardens dated from the 1950s, named in honour of Bishop Conor O’Devaney, martyred in 1612. My understanding is that the majority of those moved into the new scheme came from Dominick Street whick is very close to where I now live.
O’Devaney Gardens – once home to 272 social houses – was originally scheduled to be redeveloped in 2008 by means of a public-private partnership between a well known developer and Dublin City Council. However, the project was terminated by the developer because of the economic crash. In 2012, the council claimed it could no longer afford the cost of redeveloping O’Devaney. By that stage a number of blocks had been demolished but no new units had been built.
The story is way to complicated to explain herts so here is a link that may provide the necessary background