Shana Court officially opened after decade in the doldrums
After more than a decade in the doldrums, Shana Court, once dubbed Ireland's first unfinished estate, got the seal of approval from Minister Brendan Howlin when he performed the official opening last Tuesday.
Built by Wexford-based Kilkaven Construction at a cost of €1.2 million, the eight new houses, six of them designed for people with physical disabilities, finish off an estate in Coolcotts on a site that was once a sea of overgrown weeds.
'It's now a fully fledged community and I'm sure all the residents will come together to form what will be the vibrant heart of Coolcotts,' said Cllr George Lawlor, who has been campaigning since 2005 to get Shana Court finished.
'Shana Court was one of the worst estates in terms of completion, but it wasn't recognised by the Department (of local government) as unfinished because all the applications were for individual sites.. individuals bought the sites privately and built on them,' said Cllr Lawlor.
'It was a borough council development, set up with the best intentions, but it never came to fruition.'
'But that is all behind us now and it's great to see the estate finally completed.
'It was a wonderful afternoon both for the new residents and those people who built their own homes privately in the area to see it finished,' he said.
Following the official opening, council officials, councillors and residents attended a small reception at Coolcotts Community Centre.