Foscadh Housing wins national housing award for Drogheda community integration initiatives

Foscadh Housing Association was last night announced winner of the Community Integration in Housing Award by the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) at the biennial ICSH/Allianz Community Housing Awards in Wexford.

The award recognises Foscadh’s achievements in community integration at the Lia Bhrega estate in Drogheda which is home to families, single people, the elderly and people with special needs from 18 different nationalities.

Foscadh Chief Executive Mr Ken O Héiligh said he was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the Foscadh team and the Lia Bhrega community.

“Quality housing, open dialogue and proactive maintenance programs have always been key priorities for Foscadh alongside programs that empower residents to make a difference to the health and sustainability of their community,” Mr O Héiligh said.

“At Lia Bhrega, Foscadh has helped coordinate a range of initiatives such as the Junior Litter Pickers program which teaches kids about the importance of looking after their environment, Neighbour Days where residents share different aspects of their culture, and the Loving Life kid’s choir which provides a safe and inclusive environment for kids to express their voice freely, make friends and build their self-esteem.

“As a scalable model for community integration, Lia Bhrega provides an excellent example of what we can achieve when we work together for a common goal.”

Social Housing Award Winner

In picture: Donal McManus ICSH CEO; Pat Doyle, ICSH Chairperson and CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust; Helen Doogan, Foscadh Housing; George Lawlor, Mayor of Wexford; Ken Ó Héiligh, Foscadh Housing; Colm Ó Maolmhuire; Naoimh O Brien, Foscadh Housing; and James Gleeson, Allianz at the Irish Council for Social Housing Community Housing Awards 2019, sponsored by Allianz, in the Clayton Whites Hotel Wexford on October 10th. Photo: Arthur Carron.

Lia Bhrega comprises 69 two, three and four bedroom family homes and bungalows where brightly coloured houses, a unique cul-de-sac layout and a vast communal green space for sports and outdoor activities help create an upbeat ambience.

The 2019 ICSH/Allianz Community Housing Awards recognise excellence in housing delivery across ten unique categories during a time where there is increased pressure on housing organisations to make additional efforts to address the housing crisis in Ireland.

Sponsored by Allianz the Awards received the largest number of entries in the program’s history, with entrants coming from 16 counties across Ireland

Entries were scrutinised against a range of criteria including housing design, usability, adaptability, estate management, tenant satisfaction and sustainability by a panel of judges from Ireland and abroad.


Download the Press Release here: Media Release ICSH Community Awards Foscadh Housing

For further information please contact Mr Ken O Heiligh, Chief Executive Officer Foscadh Housing Association, on 041 984 47 86. 

Editors Notes:

Foscadh Housing Association is a charitable organisation, approved for Voluntary Housing under Section 6 of the Housing (Misc. Provisions) Act 1992, founded to provide safe, secure and affordable social housing and create a platform for the development of thriving, sustainable communities. Foscadh is overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors and an Audit Committee, and is supported by an experienced, full-time management team. Further information about Foscadh can be found online at .

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