Old Schoolhouse Car Park Mural
Graffiti has become more prevalent in recent years, so much so Swords Tidy Towns have two dedicated Graffiti busters who go out each week to eradicate it.
One thing we have discovered is that tasteful murals done by the younger members of the community is a great deterrent. Last year we painted a mural at the entrance to the Ward River Valley park on the Brackenstown Road and it is much admired by the community.
There is a large blank wall in the car-park at the side of the Old Schoolhouse pub, the Tidy Towns adjudicator suggested last year that a mural would be nice there. It is our intention to use the same local artists that did Brackenstown to design and paint the mural. The theme of the mural will be the Ward River and the wildlife living in and around the river.
Our entry to the Environmental Awareness Anti-Litter Anti-Graffiti competition run by Fingal County Council was successful and we were awarded €1,500 grant for this project.
Garda Station Mural
We have received a €2,000 grant from the DAA Community Fund for a wildlife & wildflowers themed mural on the boarding at our local Garda station. The work is to commence in early June 2022.
Extension of Existing Flowerbeds at Coláiste Choilm
Our gardening team decided to extend their successful garden bed outside this school. A large, partially planted area was re-designed by member, Mary Maxwell.
Most of the existing plants were removed, and were returned to our polytunnel to be used in other gardening projects.
The firm of Kuehne-Nagel wanted to participate in one of STT’s projects. So our chairman, Ken Duffy arranged for a large group of their volunteers to assist us for a few hours on April 23 with this project, and with litter-picking.
The top layer of grass was removed by these young volunteers, and the sods were later taken away by FCC.
Work has continued since then. The soil has proved difficult to dig, but the team’s persistence is paying off.
This is still a work in progress.
Wildflowers Patch at the River Walk
At the end of March work began on the preparation of a patch of ground along the riverwalk close to the Old Schoolhouse. This section was to be dedicated to the growing of wildflowers. High quality, authentic Irish wildflower seeds were purchased from Mr Middleton Garden Shop on Mary Street, Dublin.
Due to the poor soil, the digging was not an easy task. However over a period of three weeks, our gardening team managed dig it over and have it ready for planting.
Our hard work has paid off, as new plants have appeared in our wildflower patch.
Some new growth is emerging.
The Restoration of St. Werburgh’s Well
A management plan for St Werburghs Well was a pre-condition by Fingal County Council of them awarding planning permission to Ryanair to build a car park.
As of yet a proper public right of way for access to the Well has not been put in place. Swords Tidy Towns is working with Cllr Joe Newman to have this right of way introduced either by FCC or Ryanair.
The Well has been deleted from the record of Protected Structures by FCC, it was first given protection under the 1993 Dublin County Development Plan.
St Werburghs monument number is: DU011-045
Map no: 2994
National Grid: 31849/24582
Townland Street Name: Crowscastle
Classification: Holy Well
The Well is protected under Section 12 of the National Monuments (Amended) Act of 1994
Fingal County Council RPS No. 371
St Werburgs Well is a natural spring Holy Well and predates the 1700’s.
Following on from my extensive enquiries as Chairman of Swords Tidy Towns I have linked up with the Construction Manager of Ryanair who has agreed a budget with me for €5000 to carry out the necessary work required.