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Ballymun (Baile Munna in Irish) is an area on Dublin's Northside close to Dublin Airport currently undergoing demolition and regeneration.

Located on Dublin's Northside close to Dublin Airport , it is currently best known for the Ballymun flats, a development of seven apartment towers and many smaller "step-up" blocks (i.e. no elevator). The seven towers are currently in the process of being demolished.

Historically, Ballymun was a larger area than it is now, but due to what were seen to be undesirable associations, the area has shrunk since the completion of the flats. For instance in the early days of Dublin City University, then called National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin, this institution was referred to as being in Ballymun (part of the "Ballymun Project") whilst today it is referred to and has a postal address in Glasnevin even though it has not changed location, indeed much of the present day Ballymun town center comprised of the northern site of Albert Agricultural College, the forerunner of the present-day university, Dublin City University. Despite these slightly negative associations Ballymun is in fact a thriving community with a high standard of living. New housing estates are currently being built and will most likely be bought by young aspiring businessmen as their first step on the Property ladder. The rest will be occupied by the former residents of the flats. Streets have also been renamed, for example the now Glasnevin Avenue was formerly called Ballymun Avenue. The term "Glasnevin North" also appeared to describe areas formerly part of Ballymun.

The lines "I see seven towers/But I only see one way out" in the U2 song 'Running To Stand Still' are a reference to the towers in Ballymun.

Moreover, in the U2 song 'Bad', the song and lyrical focus is on drug use in the Ballymun flats.

 

(Taken from Wikipedia article on Ballymun) 

 

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  Link   Jims Blog
The blog of Newballymun member Rashers (Jim). Has some related Ballymun content and general Dublin nostalgia.
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  Link   Dublin Corpo Ballymun RAPID site
Rapid which stands for "Revitalising Area by Planning Investment and Development" aims to make a real difference in the quality of services and facilities, in the targeted areas. Ballymun is a RAPID target area.
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  Link   ReflectingCity.com
Excellent site documenting the reconstruction of Dublin with a suberb archive on Ballymun including videos and virtual tours! A must see!!
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  Link   Ballymun Encyclopedia Article
An encyclopedia article on Ballymun
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  Link   Buzzle.com article on Ballymun
This seems to be an American website. The have an article on Ballymun where they describe the regeneration as "The largest and most expensive urban regeneration programme in Europe".
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  Link   The Pat Tierney Tribute Page
A Tribute site to Ballymunner, poet, and campaigner Pat Tierney
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  Link   DUBLIN\'S KNIGHTS - A pictorial report
This is a pictorial report on Ballymun on an Italian website entitled DUBLIN'S KNIGHTS and it focuses on the popularity of horses in the area.
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  Link   Controlled Demolition Group
Website of the Controlled Demolition Group - the company in charge of the demolition of the Towers and Spine blocks. News and events section details the Ballymun demolition.
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