Paul McGinty

Paul McGinty

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Riona Ward

Riona Ward

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: Renting
I have struggled being a working mother, trying to keep up with bills, feeling time poor and unable to create or engage in community around me. Co-housing is the solution to this as far as I am concerned. It means joining together with other inspired people who want to share resources to reduce our environmental impact. Together we aim to live in a way that supports each other to create connection, fun, learning, ease and harmony in our daily lives.
Gavin Ward

Gavin Ward

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Now that I am part of an intentional community, it all makes so much sense to me. We are building our own community to support each other and to lessen our collective impact on our environment, and if we can implement MHOS we will really change things in Ireland for the better, not just for ourselves but for many other people. I feel very hopeful and positive about this project. It has expanded my horizons and really helped me grow as a person.
Leanne Szklarzewicz

Leanne Szklarzewicz

Household Members: 3 Housing Circumstances: Renting
In a nutshell, I want my daughter to grow up in a community where people know their neighbours and look out for one another. Co-housing brings people together to share resources, CGCH is also growing a community where low impact living is at its core. I'm delighted to be part of an initiative that creates affordable homes, healthy communities; and, I imagine, will inspire many more such communities to start up all over Ireland.
Stephane Nagtegaal

Stephane Nagtegaal

Household Members: 3 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Cohabiting with partner and daughter. I want to be able to afford a comfortable home, be friends with my neighbours and have our daughter grow up in a safe, caring community.
Niamh McGinty

Niamh McGinty

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: Renting
I am thrilled to be part of CGCH as this model offers a solution to so many of the problems of our time. I’m a mother of two young kids. I hope to see them grow up surrounded by an intergenerational community of people who know and love them exactly as they are and I hope that each of us can contribute daily to the well-being of the community and the planet in general.
Sara Hanrahan

Sara Hanrahan

Household Members: 6 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Co-housing is for me because of the shared joys and tribulations of single motherhood. It makes sense to have communal spaces and shared resources and to be woven into the community to support and be supported . The aspect of low impact on our environment is becoming an imperative and I want to show my children that adults can start to take responsibility for our home on earth. I have experienced the vulnerability of renting first hand recently with soaring rent and having to move house twice in 2 years. I long for my own home and a stable secure environment to bring up my children.
Joanne Breton

Joanne Breton

Household Members: ? Housing Circumstances: Home Owner
I have wanted to be part of a co-housing project for two decades now, but bought privately because our first co-housing group didn’t succeed in building. We have lived in County Wicklow for 20 years. I am part of several communities here and teach yoga and movement classes. My son is at secondary school, and my daughter coaches gymnastics locally. I also want to live sustainably in a community with people with similar values. As a single woman now, and as I approach my older years I hope to be settled into a mutually supportive relationship with my neighbors.
Anna O'Donnell

Anna O'Donnell

Household Members: ? Housing Circumstances: ?
Deb Davis

Deb Davis

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: ?
I have had a desire of living in a community that cares deeply for each other. I have been a lone parent for a no of years when my eldest son was 2 years old. I have cared for my dying father in his final year. I have moved thru breast cancer. All of these life challenges would be so much easier in an environment where we can rely on others. I am also wanting an environment to grow old in where there is multi generations and a sense of purpose and belonging. All these factors combined with a beautiful carbon negative home feels like a space I will flourish. This is what I want for everyone. It IS a paradigm shift which I feel Ireland is craving and I feel certain CGCH can be the first of many projects like this in Ireland!
Michael Riedy

Michael Riedy

Household Members: ? Housing Circumstances: ?
Eamonn Parker

Eamonn Parker

Household Members: 2 Housing Circumstances: Living in Partners Home
I have been missing community since I was five years old and I have been searching for it since. I have been interested in ecology for nearly two decades. I don’t own my own home. CGCH brings all these elements together and I am already delighted I already belong to this wonderful, vibrant community.
Antonella Di Palo

Antonella Di Palo

Household Members: 1 Housing Circumstances: Renting
I have wanted to be part of a co-housing project for two decades now, but bought privately because our first co-housing group didn’t succeed in building. We have lived in County Wicklow for 20 years. I am part of several communities here and teach yoga and movement classes. My son is at secondary school, and my daughter coaches gymnastics locally. I also want to live sustainably in a community with people with similar values. As a single woman now, and as I approach my older years I hope to be settled into a mutually supportive relationship with my neighbors.
Seamus Young

Seamus Young

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: Home Owner
Angela Boushel

Angela Boushel

Household Members: 2 Housing Circumstances: Home Owner
My interest in co-housing has been fuelled by many visits to other communities eg Findhorn and LILAC Leeds. I have a passionate interest in Health and how our living circumstances informs our health on all levels. As an aging citizen I am delighted to be part of expanding and modelling how people might live and age in community beyond the current offerings of the healthcare industry. I am inspired by CGCH as a visionary community of pioneers seeking to demonstrate affordable living to the next generation
Age: 51

Marina Bilak

Age: 51
Household Members: 1 Housing Circumstances: Renting
The 3 foundations of the Common Ground Co-Housing project simply tick all my boxes and are in line with my values: Affordability, Community and Low Impact. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking model.
Ali Murphy

Ali Murphy

Household Members: 3 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Caroline Darcy

Caroline Darcy

Household Members: 1 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Anne Davis

Anne Davis

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: Home Owner
Age: 51

Jay Roche

Age: 51
Household Members: 6 Housing Circumstances: ?
Ever since watching a documentary on Danish Co-Housing communities back in the early 2000s I have been determined to find a way of helping create and be part of a similar project in this country. For me it is the healthiest and most wholesome way of living and one that makes me look forward to growing old amongst a community of people with shared values and aspirations.
Ciara Brehony

Ciara Brehony

Household Members: 6 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Charles Somerville

Charles Somerville

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Rachel Dempsey

Rachel Dempsey

Household Members: 3 Housing Circumstances: Renting
I’ve been educating groups about positive change and sustainability for many years so this project is an expression of my hopes and dreams for myself, my family and for the world. We are showing that housing can be designed to meet human needs for shelter, human connection and respect for the natural world and not just for profit. This is the kind of world I want to bring up my sons in.
Helen Arthur

Helen Arthur

Household Members: 1 Housing Circumstances: Renting
I am interested and inspired to know my neighbours and to live alongside them in a supportive and supported way. This cohousing project offers me this opportunity to be in community while also creating a place where we live in a way that values and minds our natural resources. In addition as a single professional living in the east of Ireland this project potentially enables me to have my own home in a housing market that is otherwise inaccessible.
Brian Young

Brian Young

Household Members: 1 Housing Circumstances: Renting
I had a vision for using digital manufacturing to encourage regeneration of rural communities that are being lost to urbanisation in Ireland. The prospect of building on this vision at CGCH was what brought me to be part this community. Creating an affordable, sustainable home for myself.
Sally-Ann O'Rielly

Sally-Ann O'Rielly

Household Members: 2 Housing Circumstances: ?
Huub Nagtagaal

Huub Nagtagaal

Household Members: 2 Housing Circumstances: ?
Sinéad Cullen

Sinéad Cullen

Household Members: 1 Housing Circumstances: Living with Family
After travelling for two years, experiencing life in 19 eco communities I am now looking for my home. I was looking for a community with a certain set of values and intentions, one that used sociocracy and understood the importance of clear communication, conflict resolution, heart and care for our planet. CGCH ticked all of these boxes.
Adrienn Somerville

Adrienn Somerville

Household Members: 4 Housing Circumstances: Renting
Co-housing for me is a way to live in a world that makes sense; one that is intentionally designed to take care of ourselves, each other and the earth. Our current housing system does not suit everyone and I choose to put my time and energy into creating positive solutions. My work as a primary teacher helps me to act with consideration for the world we are leaving to the next generations.