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Tuesday, 15th October 2019

Foscadh Housing wins Community Integration Award for Lia Bhrega

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Donal McManus ICSH CEO; Pat Doyle, ICSH Chairperson and CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust; Helen Doogan, Foscadh Housing; George Lawlor, Mayor of Wexford; Ken Ó Héiligh, Foscadh Housing; Colm Ó Maolmhuire; Naoimh O Brien, Foscadh Housing; and James Gleeson, Allianz at the Irish Council for Social Housing Community Housing Awards 2019, sponsored by Allianz, in the Clayton Whites Hotel Wexford on October 10th. Photo: Arthur Carron.

Drogheda Company Foscadh Housing has won the Community Integration award for Lia Bhrega, The Twenties, Drogheda, at the Irish Council for Social Housing Community Housing Awards 2019.

Sponsored by Allianz, the Housing Community Housing Awards is a biennial competition that celebrates excellence within the social housing sector, showcasing housing quality, innovation and partnership amongst housing associations.

Speaking at the 2019 Community Housing Awards, Dr Donal McManus, Chief Executive of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) said:

“The winning project was chosen in recognition of the huge work Foscadh Housing Association have done in difficult circumstances. Lia Bhreaga is a scheme of 69 turn-key homes providing housing for families, single people, older persons and people with additional support needs. There are 18 different nationalities housed here with over 20 languages spoken in the estate.”

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“There is a thriving community spirit in the estate with Foscadh working hard to sustain this with regular community events, support provided to tenants in their own language and initiatives to empower tenants to take ownership of their community; all of which have resulted in tenants forming strong bonds with each other and developing a thriving community.

The ICSH were thrilled to have producer and broadcaster, Brendan Courtney, to present the Community Housing Awards 2019. Brendan’s recent documentary work has had a particular focus on housing affordability as well as the complex housing needs of older people. Brendan was delighted to present the awards to this year’s deserving winners.

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