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.
This year, as part of the Science Week (10-17 Nov 2019 ) Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), in partnership with Coillte, have launched a nationwide tree planting initiative which seen 30, 000 saplings being planted across the country.
Swords Tidy Towns have joined Swords Woodland Association, Fingal County Council and the Easy Treesie – Crann Project to help plant 1,000 Coillte saplings with their community as a Climate Action. The mix of oak, alder, willow and birch has been planted in the Ward River Valley “The Jacko” and Broadmeadow Linear Park. A few trees have been also planted at the Malahide road roundabout by our Swords Tidy Towns volunteers.
On Thursday 24th of October we had our annual Quiz Night to rise funds for Swords Tidy Towns. It was a fantastic success which is due to the people of Swords who came out in large numbers to support us. The final total raised was nearly €1,500. There were a few hiccups during the night mainly the sound system and the answers check list sheets at the end. This was all due to a few last-minute problems which came up earlier in the day which was beyond the control of the pub management. Swords Tidy Towns wish to thank the staff and management of the Borough Pub for pulling it off so we didn’t have to cancel the evening. We hope it didn’t spoil your enjoyment too much. A big thank you must also go to all the local businesses who gave so generously we couldn’t have done it without you. Well done to all the Quiz winners and those who picked up a raffle prize on the night, we look forward to your continued support into the future in helping us to bring the Gold Medal to the beautiful town of Swords next year.
Swords Tidy Towns have instigated an Upcycling initiative which involves finding new homes for unwanted Musical Instruments. The initiative was a great success with the two local schools we approached. Their music teachers were delighted to take the instruments from us saying it was a fantastic project. We have had expressions of interest from other schools in the Swords area who would like to link up with us on this project. Swords Tidy Towns are sending out a request to our many followers and their families and friends to contact us if they are willing to donate a musical instrument in reasonable condition to be used in a teaching environment. Any musically orientated groups out there in need of instruments who wish to partake in this project please register your interest and we will contact you. The contact for donations and registering is Ken Duffy Chairperson 0866008313.