Winner: Mulhuddart, Fingal Council Area
Mulhuddart is one of the oldest and most challenged communities in Blanchardstown. It has a large proportion of social housing, both local authority and co-operative. Boasting a tremendous community spirit, the people of Mulhuddart work closely with the Council and other agencies under the Mulhuddart Priority Initiative, promoting a multi-agency and community approach to planning in the area. This group is now working on a five year plan for Mulhuddart. Recently many innovative community projects have been developed, for example the Men’s Shed Initiative, enterprise units, community facilities and an eco-park. Blanchardstown Institute of Technology also engages with Mulhuddart through its community development and social studies third level programme and Learning Exchange. The Mulhuddart area has a young and ethnically diverse population and many of the newer community projects and initiatives reflect the enormous talent and innovation fostered by local schools and youth projects in Mulhuddart.
There is an innate sense of enthusiasm that transcends the travails of daily life in Mulhuddart in Dublin 15, one of the oldest, proudest and most challenged communities in the greater Dublin area. There is a large proportion of social housing – both local authority and co-operative and the residents each day face the struggles familiar in such communities. There is strong interaction with and support from the local business community and boasting a tremendous community spirit, the people of Mulhuddart work closely with Fingal County Council and other agencies locally under the Mulhuddart Priority Initiative which takes a multi-agency and community approach to planning in the area. This group is working on a five year plan for Mulhuddart. The men’s shed project, local enterprise units, new community facilities and the fishing project augur a new beginning. In the judges’ opinion the five year plan will work.