CAMBRIDGE COURT CHRONICLES

being a true account of life in a sheltered housing complex in Ringsend Dublin

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The Nightmare Continues

The nightmare of living in Cambridge Court continues. Last night I had to get out of bed at 3:30 am because of the noise. I tried sleeping in the community room but I was just too stressed to sleep ……tonight the pub across the road will pump out its noise untill just after 1:00 am and after that there will be at least an hour of shouting and swearing while the low-life makes its way home.

Nothing has changed here. Just more of the same….If you want to know what’s been going on just read my previous posts……I am destined to live like this untill I die. I think of death quite a lot…..but without this I would go mad – it’s a coping mechanism….And in Cambridge Court its all about coping from one miserable day to the next.

 

SUMMER WITH THE BULLIES

Summer has arrive in Cambridge Court but that is not a good thing. Tonight the bingo crowd will be in and as the weather is nice they will sit out in the garden area swearing and shouting in between their games of bingo. Sunny weather simply means that more and more people will be hanging around the place…..the pub crowd across the road will hang around later into the night…..Last night I was bombarded with noise from the flat above me and the one next door. It was horrific and there will probably be more noise tonight. But none of this will bother the bingo crowd. They will leave their homes and come down to Cambridge Court to have a good time while tenants as usual will be stuck in their one room flats. I wish I had somewhere else to go….somewhere I could just relax. I would literally swap my ‘home’ for a shed. A shed , a quiet shed where I could relax and not feel tense all the time would be heaven for me.

I will be 70 in August. I’m not able to cope with this anymore. Yes , tonight the cups and saucers will be laid out for the bingo bullies and a good night will be had by one and all. Another tenants died last week- I never saw her have a cup of tea in the common room. Now she’s gone and forgotten….That’s the story of life in Cambridge Court.

There are some tenants here who will tell you that no one is bullying THEM…….but you won’t see them having a morning coffee while they read their paper in the common room – they know their place regardless of what they might say….

FLAT WANTED

Last night I placed and advert on Gumtree looking for a flat. I’m not holding out much hope as I could only afford to offer 450 euros a month. If I was to get a flat I would still have to pay for my flat here at Cambridge Court as there is no protection for tenants under Irish law and I could be evicted at any moment……I would only have 45 euros a week left to live on but it would be worth it .

As I write this there is a choir group in the common room enjoying themselves ……..tenants , as usual , are stuck in their flats….In a couple of hours time the pub across the road will start blaring out it’s noise. Same old same old.

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL’S CONTEMPT FOR OLD PEOPLE

It is just gone 8:00 pm and I’m sitting in my flat (my bedsit) in Cambridge Court Sheltered Housing complex.  Tonight is bingo night , but not for the tenants.  Twenty or thirty people who don’t live in Cambridge Court , who don’t pay rent in Cambridge Court will take over the Day Centre/Common Room tonight and have a grand old-time. If they feel the need to shout and swear they will do so. The fact that elderly tenants may not be well or indeed actually dying will not stop them. It has never stopped any of the many gangs  of people who use Cambridge Court as their own personal play area several nights a week. And it has never bothered Dublin City Council who are more than happy to see this state of affairs being inflicted on old and vulnerable tenants.

If any tenant should take exception to this and tell these people to go home they would be bullied back into their flats and if that didn’t work , if the tenants stood their ground then the bullies who are behind all of this would turn on them. If , in spite of all this bullying and harassment , the tenant refused to accept this situation then  the Gardai  (police) would be called. ………And guess whose side they would take ?………..This is the reality of daily life for old and vulnerable  tenants in Cambridge Court. It is as simple as that.

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