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“HAND OF HOPE”
“HAND OF HOPE” IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED THROUGH ADDICTION


As you walk along Donore Avenue You will notice a rose garden which faces the road in front of the presbytery at St. Teresa’s Church. There is a sculpture here entitled “Hand of Hope” by Leonardo Benasalvas, in memory of all who passed away through addiction; St. Theresa’s Church is a focal point in a community decimated by drugs since the 1980’s.

Even though it connects the South Circular to Cork Street, two areas that I visit at regular intervals, this was my first time to visit Donore Avenue and there was a lot of urban depression to be seen especially towards the Cork Street end.

As part of the regeneration of the area the demolition of 14 apartment in St Teresa's Gardens began early this year, clearing the way for 50 new residential units comprising 16 apartments and 34 houses as well as an urban park. The 1950s blocks next to Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital have often been reported as being among the city’s most deprived areas, with high levels of crime and antisocial behaviour.

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