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Patrica Stephenson, Robert Mooney and Eileen Power, committee members at Swords Senior Citizens.

Patrica Stephenson, Robert Mooney and Eileen Power, committee members at Swords Senior Citizens.

Rose Clarke and Josephine Collins at Swords Senior Citizens.

Rose Clarke and Josephine Collins at Swords Senior Citizens.

Marie Madden, Kathleen Markey and Brigid Redmond at Swords Senior Citizens.

Marie Madden, Kathleen Markey and Brigid Redmond at Swords Senior Citizens.

Evelyn Corr and Rita Long at Swords Senior Citizens.

Evelyn Corr and Rita Long at Swords Senior Citizens.

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Patrica Stephenson, Robert Mooney and Eileen Power, committee members at Swords Senior Citizens.

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Swords Senior Citizens’ Club officially opened its doors again this week after being closed for 18 months due to Covid-19 restrictions.

In a sign that the country is slowly but surely taking steps back to normality, the club’s members gathered for the first time since March 2020 at their premises on Chapel Lane, where they have been based since 1986.

The popular club, which was formed in the late 1970s, has been sorely missed by its members, particularly those who live alone and were forced to stay at home during pandemic.

But there were plenty of smiling faces when it was announced that activities are set to resume this week.

The club, which is open to men and women over the age of 55, provides a vital social outlet for the senior citizens of Swords.

The list of regular activities includes bingo, bridge, indoor bowls, Spanish lessons, evening dancing, choir practice, art classes, keep fit to music, piano for beginners, patchwork and crafts.

There are also ongoing events organised throughout the year, from walking and drama to music appreciation and outings.

Aside from all the activities, the Swords club provides a welcoming space for anyone who just wants to drop in for a chat and a cup of tea or have a read of the daily newspapers.

Patricia Stephenson, treasurer of Swords Senior Citizens’ Club, told Fingal Independent that their members were delighted to be back meeting their friends again.

“This has been a particularly difficult time for people living on their own,” she said.

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“For many senior citizens in the area, the club was their only social outlet so its loss was deeply felt in the community.”

She added that every effort has been made by the club to comply with Covid guidelines as activities resume.

“It will take a while for some of our members to build up their confidence when it comes to being out and about again,” she stated.

“We will do our best to make the club feel as safe possible.”

Volunteers are “desperately needed” to join the committee and help organise activities. Anyone interested in lending a hand can just drop into the club at Chapel Lane car park, which is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, or phone 01-8407589.


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