Respond! Housing Association held two events in Cork recently to mark the official openings of the Bridgefield Close estate in Curraheen, Cork City and the Carraig Liath / Ros na Coille estate in Midleton, Co Cork. The two estates provide more than 110 homes for those with housing needs in both communities. The official openings included a plaque unveiling ceremony in Curraheen by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, T.D., Cork City Mayor John Buttimer, Councillor Derry Canty and a family celebration day and ribbon cutting ceremony by Cork County Mayor Barbara Murray in Midleton.
According to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney, T.D. who spoke at the official opening of Bridgeview Close:
“It is an honour to be invited to this very special event by Respond! Housing Association and to see the results of their positive work in Cork. I wish them every continued success, and congratulate them on their 30th anniversary this year. Their commitment to providing housing for those in need is making a real difference in Cork, and across Ireland.”
Bridgefield Close in Curraheen was built by Brideview Developments Ltd and completed in 2009. Respond! Housing Association, with the support of Cork County Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, acquired 24 houses and apartments in the estate under the Planning and Development Act 2002. A community building was also acquired which provides a range of different activities for residents.
Fr. Pat Cogan, CEO of Respond! Housing Association speaking at the official opening of Carraig Liath / Ros na Coille in Midleton:
“This year marks a huge milestone for Respond! Housing Association and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate the official opening of these estates. We look forward to continuing to provide our service to the Cork community, and nationwide, for the next 30 years and beyond.”
Carraig Liath / Ros na Coille is an integrated estate located in Midleton, East Cork. This estate designed by Respond! Housing Association was built with the support of Cork County Council and was kindly funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Containing more than 90 homes, it was short-listed in 2009 for a national design award by the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH).