Thornton Heights residents celebrate one year anniversary

Residents of Thornton Heights in Inchicore, Dublin 8 marked their one year anniversary in their state-of-the-art new homes with an afternoon of community celebrations on Saturday, 22nd August 2015.

The residents created a festival atmosphere with a street party, including face-painting, sports, food and general celebrations.

A partnership between Dublin City Council and the St Michael’s Regeneration Board, Thornton Heights replaced the tower blocks at St Michael’s Estate. It comprises 75 houses and apartments, a crèche and an afterschool project. Some 68 families and seven single residents live at Thornton Heights, including some of the original tenants from the old St Michael’s Estate. The development is managed by Circle Voluntary Housing Association on behalf of Dublin City Council.

Chief executive of Circle VHA, Justin O’Brien said: “Thornton Heights is a wonderful, high quality, designed scheme. Living there has brought much joy to our tenants, many of whom were previously living in overcrowded or substandard accommodation and some of whom were homeless.

“There were great celebrations last September when the development was officially opened by President Michael D Higgins. We are delighted that the community spirit is such in this development that residents have chosen to mark their one year anniversary. We are happy to support the tenants’ committee in this celebration.”