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83-house development just completed in Killarney

The then Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy (fourth from left), at the launch of the Sruthán na Sailí development in Killarney in July 2019 with, from left, Moira Murrell, Kerry County Council CEO, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Brian O’Gorman, Clúid CEO, Michael Cronin, Thermohouse, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Martin O’Donoghue, Director of Housing, Kerry County Council and Deputy Brendan Griffin.
Picture: Don MacMonagle

A NEW €18 million housing development has just been completed in Killarney.

The 83-house Sruthán na Sailí development at Derreen will provide homes for over 180 local people on Kerry County Council’s housing list.

The scheme comprises 22 two-bedroom houses, 43 three-bedroom houses, 6 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments.

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

James O’Halloran of Clúid said the 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.

Moira Murrell: Council has a large housing programme across all delivery streams

“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,” he said.

Clúid is a not-for-profit organisation that manages over 7,900 affordable, high-quality homes and provides housing management services to over 20,000 residents across the country. The organisation is committed to delivering 3,000 new homes across Ireland before the end of 2022.

Kerry County Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell, said the local authority 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.

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“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,” said Ms Murrell.

The €18 million scheme was financed through a loan from the Housing Finance Agency which Clúid will repay using rents paid by the residents. The new homes are within walking distance of a number of playing fields including Killarney Celtic FC and Legion GAA grounds.

The development was delivered in partnership with Killarney based company Thermohouse with off-site factory manufacturing using an innovative low energy modular build system with each property 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. The future-proofed homes benefit from a minimum 60-year system design life.

Michael Cronin, Managing Director of Thermohouse, remarked: “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.”

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