Southill (Cnoc an Deiscirt as Gaeilge) is an area in the south
of Limerick City, consisting of four residential parks. The
housing estates are OMalley Park, Keyes Park, Kincora
Park and Carew Park.
Keyes Park, Kincora
Park and OMalley Park were all completed between 1968
and 1972. By then, Southill was the largest Council estate in
the city, with 1,201 houses containing 6,500 residents.
in the area as of 2003 were at four times the national average,
with formal education in adults in Southill only at 50%. A report
from 1982 showed two-thirds of Southill's population were under
the age of 18, with ninety-four percent having left school at
the age of 16. Several reports done since the initial report
in 1982 have shown similar trends. In the media, Southill is
known for its crime rate and anti-social behaviour, although
the majority of people living there are decent and law abiding.
In 2005, it was announced
that Southill was to get a €28 Million revamp. Two years
of 'consultation' took place. With the publication of the Fitzgerald
Report in 2007, the revamp was canceled in favour of demolition
and redevelopment, or in other words, regeneration.
Kincora Park and Carew Park were to be refurbished, but when
the 'Master' Plans were unveiled it was announced that they
would also be demolished.
In October 2008,
plans for regeneration of Moyross, Southill, St. Mary's Park
and Ballinacurra Weston were presented to Limerick City Council.
The plan for Southill is to provide 3,000 new homes. "Of
these, approximately 800 are considered to be replacement homes
for existing residents, with the remainder to be sold on the