On the morning of St Patrick’s Day the streets of Swords were lined with thousands of excited adults and children.
They enthusiastically applauded and cheered, as dozens of community groups paraded through the town centre for the first time since 2019.
The theme for the 2022 parade was “Essential Workers”. Swords Tidy Towns members produced posters depicting those workers, who’ve been valiantly carrying out their duties throughout the Covid pandemic.
Posters carrying important environmental messages were also produced and carried by our members and supporters.
We also featured pollinator-friendly flowers, which we have been planting at various sites in our town. Bees and other pollinators are essential workers too.
Marching in front of us under their own banner were members of the Swords Woodland Association. Over the past few years STT has been involved in their invaluable tree planting projects.
Also in the parade were students from the Fingal Community College. Many of their wonderful Transition Year students have been helping STT with litter picking and gardening on Saturday mornings.
This year our group decided to donate half of the proceeds from our bucket collection towards humanitarian aid in war-torn Ukraine. We thank the people of Swords for their generous support.
Our Chairperson Ken Duffy presented a cheque for 500 euros to the Red Cross for this cause.