On the 1st of February 2020 Swords Tidy Towns have organised a cleanup of the valley of the river Ward. The event was well advertised through social media channels and the residents associations and have attracted over 30 volunteers on the day. Because of the size of the valley it was decided to designate three meeting points – one on the southside and one on the northside of the valley, and one at our regular meeting place. Each meeting point had been assigned a team leader to organise the volunteers in their group.
In a couple of hours of litter picking our dedicated volunteers have filled up over 75 bags of rubbish! That shows what a dedication and a community spirit can do. We are grateful for all the help we received from the residents, and we are also saying thank you to the Fingal County Council for the provision of extra bags and pickers, and also for a quick removal of the rubbish bags.
Our chairman, Ken Duffy, has been working closely over the past few months with his friend Lorcan Farrelly, who is a local poet and song writer. Lorcan contacted Ken because he needed a choir to perform his work with him, and someone to produce a video for him. Ken’s friend, Cassandra Lottering, was happy to help with the filming. Fingal Community College was contacted and their music department was keen to have their students take part. The choir wore STT hi vis vests during their performance to show their ongoing connection with our group. The inspirational result of this project can be viewed using the following link.
In October this year, STT member Matt Cullen held a solo art exhibition in the Atrium of the Fingal County Council offices. He pledged to donate 50% of the proceeds of his sales to ILFA (Irish Lung Fibrosis Association). On December 24, Matt fulfilled that promise when he presented this group with a cheque for 2,100 euros.
Fingal volunteer groups, including Swords Tidy Towns, were invited to an awards night at the Carlton Hotel on December 6 to celebrate their achievements during 2019. STT members Gerry Brennan and Matt Cullen had completed the Level 3 Certificate course on behalf of our group. They were presented with their Level 3 Certificate and the prize money which accompanies this award. It was also an enjoyable social occasion, giving members of the various volunteer groups the opportunity to meet and mingle.
Members of Blackrock Tidy Towns (County Louth) were the wonderful hosts of an awards ceremony on November 12. On that night Swords Tidy Towns was presented with its silver medal, which had been announced at the Supervalu Awards in September. This is our third consecutive Silver Medal. Members were congratulated on the awards night by Eoghan O’Brien, Mayor of Fingal.