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15 of the best things about living in a housing estate

Kerbs, ice-cream, bonfires and The Green.

The kids from TV3's The Estate enjoying some treats
The kids from TV3's The Estate enjoying some treats
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THIS EVENING A a new documentary series about life on a large housing estate will air on TV3.

The Estate follows the lives of a number of residents of the Ballybeg development on the outskirts of Waterford City.

According to the makers of the show, the estate has a “tough reputation” and the three-part series will see residents “coping with the harsh realities of life’s twists and turns, moments of triumph and despair”.

Tonight’s episode will follow a single mother, and ex-offender and a teenager hoping to go to college.

The children of Ballybeg are also likely to feature so it got us thinking about the positive memories we take away from growing up on a housing estate…

1. Your best friend was just minutes away

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2. Playing kerbs

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3. The ice-cream van

You’d have your mother’s heart scalded looking for money, even when he was 12 streets away.

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4. The big bonfires at Hallowe’en

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5. Water fights

And there was always one child who “wasn’t allowed to get wet”.

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6. This:

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7. Road versus road football games

The Green versus The Terrace! Jumpers for goalposts!

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8. The valley of the twitching curtains

There was always some nosing to be done through those nets.

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9. Nick-Nacks

The scourge of the neighbourhood

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10. Snowball fights

At the first hint of flakes the war would start

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11. Showing off your bike on Christmas morning

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12. Sitting on the wall

If Niall Horan lives in your estate, sitting on the wall is even better.

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13. The Green

The magical place where all the craic happened.

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14. Setting up stalls

Forcing your neighbours to buy homemade perfume, rice krispie buns, or old crap from the garage.

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15. Being old enough to go to The Shops

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