Swords Tidy Towners

By Ken Duffy

Tidy Towners we, and very proud of that
Volunteer of the year, is Tidy Towner Matt
Saturday mornings, at 10.30 we meet
To clean up litter, up and down every street

Graffiti the menace, an annoyance to us all
In parts of our town, it’s even wall to wall
Fly postering, an irritation to be scratched
Cheek of some people, is hard to be matched

Fly tipping, is an environmental crime
Attracting vermin, to its stench and grime
River clean ups, we organise twice a year
Removing rubbish, to keep it nice and clear

Flowers we plant, bring colour to our town
Beautiful baskets, contents hanging down
Swords Tidy Towners, a hard working crew
Deserve your support, they do it all for you

Competition Winners

The Judging is over in our art competition and we wish to thank our independent judges for the amount of time they put into the judging. They were seriously impressed with the skill level of the drawings and so therefore they made the following decision.
They are awarding in three categories:
Ages 4-7 years
Ages 8-12 years
And Highly commended.
Our special thanks to all the children who took part, you all made us smile this week and we hope you had fun. Congratulations and well done to all!

Winners of the 4-7 Age category:

Winners of the 8-12 Age category:

Highly commended drawings:

Easter Competition for Children

Swords Tidy Towns are organising an Easter competition for the children of our followers.
We are asking that children send us drawings of nature and biodiversity in their garden or local area. The competition is open to children between 4 and 12 years of age. There will be 6 prizes, 3 for the 4-7 age group and 3 for the 8-12 age group.
In addition, if your children would prefer we are also holding a short story competition, the short story must be set in Swords and again reflect nature.
Please message us with your entries by Thursday 9th April giving the child’s name and age.

We will be sharing all the entries on our Facebook page and Twitter account. You can also view all the entries in the below gallery:

Tree Planting in Local Community

As part of the Tree Week, Holywell Community Association have organised a native hedgegrow and tree planting initiative in Holywell park. Our Swords Tidy Towns members – Ramune, Rusne and George have joined Holywell residents to give them a hand in reaching their goal of planting 500 trees in the coming weeks. Thank you to Ciarán, Cormac and Amanda for a warm welcome! #CommunitySpirit #Biodiversity #SustainableLiving #ClimateAction

Planting Day in St. Colmcille’s GNS

Swords Tidy Towns have been contacted by the Parents Association of St. Colmcille’s Girls National Catholic School looking for some help to plant 800 bulbs and other plants in their schoolyard. A handfull of our volunteers joined the parents and the children of St. Colmcille’s school and spent a Saturday morning planting and tidying up the surroundings of the school. #CommunitySpirit

Cromwell Was Here

By Ken Duffy

It is said that St Colmcille, founded our town
When in 560, his abbey bricks were laid down
He blessed the water, now St Colmcilles well
More of Swords history, I will now try to tell

At Colmcilles church, situated in Chapel Lane
A great son of Ireland, his body it is lain
Andrew Kettle, was Parnell’s right-hand man
Both had a vision, from our shores British ban

Old Boro school, now a pub visited by many
Was built for the poor, who didn’t have a penny
The Schoolhouse pub, with many the bar stool
Believe it or not, was Swords first junior school

Round tower and clock tower, stand side by side
One catholic one protestant, standing with pride
Which tower is which, I wonder do you know?
Clock tower is protestant, now go on, have a go

Sixth century is the round, 14th century the square
In 1827 St Columba’s chapel was built there
The 17thcentury Vicarage, is just across the road
A vicar’s family lodgings, that was their abode

Clock in the tower, was added at a later date
Donated by the Molesworth’s, of the same faith
At Brackentown House, Molesworth’s did reside
Jonathan Swift he visited, for many a horse ride

Cromwell and his officers, also dined at the estate
A person the Irish, learned to loathe and hate
Mary Molesworth, known as the Captive Princess
Husband kept her captive, marriage was a mess

So much history, of which we should be proud
Yet it is only talked about, amongst a small crowd
Swords history is a secret, and known to very few
With many more golden nuggets, waiting for you

Where Ravens Fly

By Ken Duffy

In famous Fingal, where the ravens fly
With dark wings spread, they rule the sky
The town of Swords, is at Fingals heart
To tell its story, where should one start

St Colmcille, established an abbey here
Round tower remains, you can see it clear
At the Clontarf battle, Brian Boro was slain
Freeing the Irish, from the Viking chain

His son Murchad, also died on that day
That was the price, Eire had to pay
Father and son, were brought to Swords town
At Colmcilles Abbey, bodies were laid down

Both King and Son, were waked at this site
Monks prayed for them, throughout the night
St Colmcilles Well, down the Well Road
Is housed in a domicile, a small humble abode

It is said that the water, is clear and pure
For various ailments, it’s a remedy and cure
End of Main St, the Bishops Palace stands
Withstanding the attacks, of marauding bands

Standing as a beacon, it reminds us all
Of a long history, when knights used to call
This County Town, has much more to its past
Many historical stories, with a colorful cast

The 1916 uprising, has many stories to be told
Of both men and women, courageous and bold
A proud history, walks down our main street
Most of us unaware, as we mingle and greet

Ward River Valley Cleanup

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.

Take a look at our gallery below.