Sprucing up vacant buildings on Main Street
Swords Tidy Towns have been concerned about the detariorating state of the recently closed down Lord Mayor’s Pub and a little cottage across the road from it. The permission was given to access the premises of Lord Mayor’s so the entranceway visible from the Main street can be tidied up. Seven of our volunteers spent a couple of hours sweeping the leaves and debris, and rescuing forgotten plants.
Eric and Noel teamed up to improve the look of the cottage by replacing the broken glass in the door and giving them a new bright look.
Robert Hammond who had been working with us on another project before, had agreed to do some art on boarded up windows of the Lord Mayor’s as well as those of the cottage. Have a look at the final result in the gallery below:
Inclusiveness Project near the Malahide Roundabout
This was the brain child of two of Swords Tidy Towns members, Mary Maxwell and Matt Cullen. The aim was to celebrate the wide diversity of age groups and cultural backgrounds within Swords Tidy Towns, which reflects the general population of the Fingal Council area. It was in recognition of this diversity that we were awarded the National Tidy Towns Diversity Award in 2017. Since then our group has grown with the addition new members of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds
The sleepers were installed under the watchful eyes of Matt Cullen, Mary Maxwell and Billy McClean. They were also involved in the painting. The staff at Colourtrend advised on the correct stain for the sleepers. Lindsey Balfe, a teacher at St Finians Community College, cut out all the letters and made the logos.
Groups of our enthusiastic volunteers spent many Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings digging and weeding the site close to the Malahide Roundabout. Excellent advice for the choice of plants and how to plant them was given by Martin Nulty and Martin Tully. Fingal Council Operations Department under Colin Rigney cleared the site before we dug. They provided the mulch, which was spread by our members after our planting. We were joined one Saturday morning by the 164th Brackenstown Bobcats cubs, who helped with the planting.
On the evening of Tuesday, May 30, 2019, the Inclusiveness Sculpture and garden were launched. The ribbon was cut by Fingal Mayor Eoghan O’Brien.
In June 2019, artist Orla Jones painted the sentry box at the entrance to Castle Shopping Centre as part of a Swords Tidy Towns art project. Check out these before and after photos!
The Bug Hotel – Pinnockhill Roundabout
Our Swords Tidy Towns member David Madden put his extensive carpentry skills into producing this 5 star bug hotel which was officially launched in April 2019. Happy stay!
Old Water Pump House Project – Brackenstown Road
In January 2019 our dedicated volunteers of Swords Tidy Towns have transformed the old water pump house into a beautiful planter for all to admire.
Rock Garden Park – Rathbeale Road Swords
Rock Garden Park derived its name from its former use as a quarry. For many years it remained an empty paddock, before Swords Tidy Towns and Fingal County Council collaborated to turn it into a valuable public amenity. Two of our members, Mary Maxwell and Matt Cullen, were involved in the design of this park.
St. Colmcille’s Well
St. Colmcille’s Well is of great historical significance within the town of Swords, it is reputed to be where Swords got its name when St. Colmcille blessed the well of clear water, “Sord” being the Irish for ‘clear or pure’. Swords Tidy Towns identified the area around the Well as a project where improvements could be made as the appearance and presentation of the area did not reflect its great historical significance. We started work in late 2015 and completed it in 2016. This project has been funded 50% by FCC and 50% by Swords Tidy Towns with the support and sponsorship of local business.