Residents from Cranmore Place and Cranmore Drive gathered recently for special ceremonies to mark the 40th anniversary since the houses were built. Fr. Steve Walsh from nearby St Anne’s church led the masses which also saw many old neighbours return.
Cranmore Place was the first drive to open in the area. There are 38 houses in total on the street. The residents moved in on a Friday. None of the women wanted to move in on a Saturday as it meant ‘short sitting’.
Jean and Mickey Dunbar were the first homeowners to move in, on July 16th 1974. Mickey said that there was no electricity but he was working in the ESB at the time, he had connections. He was able to get a fuse in and four other houses benefitted aswell. Jean added that living in Cranmore was the best 40 years for her and her family. ‘’Everyone looked out for each other’’ Sadie Meehan said ‘’we were always here for one another. If there was ever a hoolie, we were always up for it’’.
Helen O’Hara was also among those to move in. She was 20 years old at the time. She recalled many fond memories and great neighbours. Helen said: ‘’I never ever would find the community spirit of Cranmore anywhere else’’