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Clúid completes €18m housing project in Dirreen

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A new €18m housing project – which will provide homes for over 180 people – is ready to be handed over to Kerry County Council. Located in Sruthán na Sailí, Dirreen, the project will provide 83 houses to people on Kerry County Council’s housing list.

It includes 22 two bedroom houses, 43 three-bedroom houses, six single-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments.

The new homes are within walking distance of a number of playing fields including Killarney Celtic Football Club and Legion GAA grounds. Local amenities such as shops and services are easily accessible too.

The project is a partnership between Clúid, Kerry County Council, the Department of Housing, the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and Killarney-based company, Thermohouse.

“This innovative social housing project not only addresses the need for rapid-build homes but also creates greener, more energy efficient buildings, with lower fuel bills for our residents,” James O’Halloran, Clúid’s New Business and Development Manager, said.

Clúid is committed to working in partnership with our stakeholders in Kerry to provide high-quality housing. These 83 new homes will provide much-needed social housing and developments of this scale will continue to assist in alleviating some of the pressure placed on the private rented sector in Killarney too.”

 

Partnership

Clúid Housing’s vision is ‘a society where everyone has a great place to live’.
Clúid, a not-for-profit organisation, manages over 7,900 affordable, high-quality homes and provides housing management services for over 20,000 residents across the country. Clúid aims to achieve its vision by providing quality housing and services that enable people to create homes and thriving communities. The organisation is committed to delivering 3,000 new homes across Ireland before the end of 2022.

“Kerry County Council has a large Housing Programme across all delivery streams to provide homes for those in need of long term, secure housing options across the county. Kerry County Council has a very strong working partnership with Clúid Housing to provide homes for people on the Council waiting list. I am delighted to see this project come to fruition and to see these homes finished and people moving in. I hope that the new residents will be very happy and comfortable in their new homes,” Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, said.

 

€18m funding

The scheme was financed through a loan from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) which Clúid will repay using rents paid by the residents.
“The HFA is committed to facilitating and supporting the successful delivery of social housing in Ireland. We are happy to have funded this fantastic development of 83 new homes in Killarney. We look forward to supporting Clúid and Kerry County Council to deliver even more new homes in the future,” said Housing Finance Agency, CEO Barry O’Leary.

The Dirreen scheme is comprised of 83 new homes including 22 two bedroom houses, 43 three-bedroom houses, six single-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments.
The new homes are within walking distance of a number of playing fields including Killarney Celtic Football Club and Legion GAA grounds. Local amenities such as shops and services are easily accessible too.

Sustainability

The development is one of Ireland’s largest sustainable social housing projects and was delivered in partnership with Killarney based company Thermohouse. Manufacturing took place off-site in Killarney at the Thermohouse factory using their innovative low energy modular build system.

“This development here in Killarney is a perfect example of Clúid’s commitment to delivering lower carbon and energy efficient housing for our residents, which are key goals in our soon to be launched Greening Strategy. Our aim, for 2030, is that all new Clúid homes will be 100% powered by renewable energy and will be built with at least 40% less carbon,” Energy and Environmental Manager for Clúid, Susan Vickers said.
The homes are airtight and free from any cold bridging. Each property has also been fitted with solar panels and a heat source pump which is a complementary system that provides ventilation, heat recovery and the production of domestic hot water. This enables the building to generate significant energy cost savings over its lifetime and reduce running costs for residents.
“We want every Clúid resident to live in a low carbon, energy affordable home, in a place that promotes positive well-being and sustainable living,” Susan added.

60 year guarantee

The future-proofed homes benefit from a minimum 60-year system design life. Once constructed, the system forms a monolithic reinforced concrete structure, fully wrapped in insulation. Thermohouse can construct up to 60% faster than traditional methods of construction with the modular nature of the construction system reducing labour requirements and streamlining the building process.
Thermohouse will also run a pilot project on four of the new homes where the company has installed 4KW solar panels and 4KW of battery storage which is expected to provide at least 50% of the energy requirements needed to run the homes. Via their online portal, Thermohouse will continue to monitor the output and share this information with Clúid to inform future sustainable development.
Clúid’s development in Dirreen is a great example of the benefits of our complete low energy building system which is manufactured off site in our Killarney factory. These homes are future proofed, energy efficient and faster to construct. The approach we have to building homes in Ireland is changing and Thermohouse not only meets the EU’s nZEB requirements, but we also consistently exceed them. Being locally manufactured, we offer a lower carbon footprint for delivery in Ireland,” Michael Cronin, Managing Director of Thermohouse, said.

Clúid in Kerry

Clúid has a strong commitment to housing in Kerry, with over 360 homes now in management across the county. In addition to the new homes in Dirreen, Clúid recently delivered 32 new homes in Tralee, 20 new homes in Dingle, in partnership with Dingle Homes, and will shortly complete the renovation of Armagh House in Killarney providing another six homes to people on Kerry County Council’s housing list. Before the end of 2021, Clúid will deliver another 90 homes across Kerry and with another 72 going on site this year for completion in 2022.

 

 

 

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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