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.
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.