On Monday, September 30, a group of excited Swords Tidy Towns members attended the National SupaValu Tidy Towns Awards ceremony at The Helix. Having increased our membership since last year, and having successfully finished some new projects, we were hopeful of retaining our silver medal status. Indeed, we were awarded a silver medal for the third successive year. Later we were to learn that we had advanced by 6 points, and had only fallen short of gold by a mere 4 points! If we can maintain our current momentum, hopefully we will achieve the magic number in 2020 and hit that gold medal target!
Matt Cullen, a dedicated, long-term member of STT, was shortlisted for this year’s “Community Hero” award. He won a “Highly Commended Award”, which acknowledges those volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty in keeping their towns tidy. Well done Matt!
That evening we met up in Wright’s Bar in Swords to celebrate our success. The management there kindly provide us with tea and coffee every Saturday, while we relax and socialise after a hard morning’s work. In appreciation of STT’s efforts to improve the town, Wright’s management generously provided us with food and champagne on Monday night.
Joining our celebration was another very generous sponsor, Donal O’Ciobhan, who is the manager of SupaValu in Boroimhe. He had also joined us for the awards ceremony, and was very positive about our achievements. Throughout the year, Donal has been our main sponsor. His generosity and support is much appreciated by all of our members.
It was a wonderful social evening, where we celebrated our success. But we won’t be resting on our laurels.