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When it was announced last year that the owners of Carraig Eden were putting the 19th-century building up for sale, it sent shockwaves through Greystones.
Originally two semi-detached private homes (called East House and West House), for almost 100 years, Carraig Eden has served as a safe haven and retreat for those who found themselves in an area of transition in their lives.
The owners, the Irish Assemblies of God, were looking for €1.7m for the property, and were kind enough to give the current residents, Saol Nua, six months to try and raise that amount.
Sadly, that deadline had just passed when, in February of this year, Simon Harris TD announced that a €1.7m grant from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government had been granted to local outreach service Tiglin – who had been working in partnership with Carraig Eden since 2010.
What appeared to be a miraculous 11th-hour rescue turned out to be too little, too late, as another bidder had already stepped in with a much bigger offer – rumoured to be in or around the €3m mark.
With this in mind, the Carraig Eden Foundation – set up last year in the hope of saving the building for its current purpose – held a meeting this week, and now spokesperson Darragh Page [left] have today issued a statement in regard to both the donations received, and the fate of those currently living in the building.
The Carraig Eden Foundation was established in 2016 to raise funds to enable the purchase of Carraig Eden. Our aim was to ensure that the building could continue and develop its use as a safe haven for those reintegrating into society following addiction and to help those who find themselves unable to find somewhere to live to transition to permanent accommodation. The current owners of the building, the Irish Assemblies of God, delayed placing the building on the open market for a period of 6 months to allow the opportunity to raise funds to purchase the building at an agreed priced of 1.7 million euro. Although we have received great support from individuals and the community the Foundation has been unable to raise the amount required. We would like to thank the Irish Assemblies of God for giving us this opportunity.
The Foundation will be contacting all those who generously gave donations in excess of 250 euros to offer the return of their donation. Any outstanding donations, such as those received anonymously, will be used to provide financial support to the current residents of Carraig Eden to assist them in finding alternative accommodation. Until such time as the building is sold the Foundation will work with the existing residents to provide support and assistance to enable their transition to permanent housing.
The Carraig Eden Foundation would like to thank all those who generously supported us in the past year.
You can find out more about the Carraig Eden Foundation – including contact details – right here, catch our February 2017 interview with Darragh here, and explore our archive of this remarkable building here.