Monday 18 December 2017

Heritage Week a big success

SWORDS HERITAGE Week has just concluded and once again it provided a feast of art and cultural events for the masses.

In the short story competition, the winner was Paddy Ryan from Malahide with his entry ' The Tuesday Outing' and he was presented witht he Tom O'Shea Trophy of the Year. Runner-up spot was claimed by Isobel Smyth from Portmarnock with 'Cosmo's Wonderland', while third place was awarded to Tony Devlin from Blanchardstown with 'Matthews'. In the Poet of Fingal competition, the winner was Alyn Fenn from Cork for 'Husband' and he was presented with the McDonagh Trophy. Tony Devlin from Blanchardstown was second with 'A Wedding at Cortaldo Alto', while Brigid Flynn from Tallaght was third with her effort called 'Autumn'. In the 'What Swords To Me' competition, Paddy Savage from Chicago claimed the prize, which was sponsored by Mary McCormack in honour of her late mother. He will hold the Brigid Browne trophy for the year. Runner-up was Geraldine McGovern, All runnersup received cash prizes. The awards were presented by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cian O'Callaghan in The Star. Thanks has been extended to the principal sponsors of the week, namely Fingal County Council, Mary McCormack, Tara Winthorp Clinic, Organon (Ireland) Ltd andFreight Management. Special thanks was also extended to The Star, JCs and Carnegie Court Hotel for continued support over the years. During the week, the 19th edition of Swords Voices was launched featuring interviews with local people on their memories of Swords and beyond down through the years. The raffle for the large hamper of 'Heritage' Goods presented by JCs was won by Peadar Bates of Donabate Historical Society. The annual art exhibition at St Columba's Church, was was launched by Labour TD Brendan Ryan, was also a great success. Almost 80 paintings were exhibited by artists from the greater Swords area, as well as nearby Artane and Marino. As usual, the standard was very high and some sales were made. Present for the opening night wa Mary McCormack of Tara Winthorp Clinic. Beautiful music was provided by Gareth Snow and there was a visit by Pat Cregg who was a member of Swords Historical Society. Canon Robert Deane welcomed all there to the Church, and the consensus was that the venue lends itself very well to the Art Expo.. The last event the Walk Around Historic Swords with Swords Tidy Towns was very well supported.

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