Just rewards for helping Skerries to look its best
A YEAR of enormous success for Skerries Tidy Towns was celebrated as the organisation took a break from accepting awards and doled out its own awards to people and organisations in the town that had helped to keep Skerries looking smart in 2013.
Skerries won the county award, the regional award and the gold medal in this year's national Tidy Towns competition achieving a mark of 307 from the judges, just seven points above the overall national winner.
Skerries Tidy Towns Chairperson, Anne Doyle said: 'We could not have achieved what we have without the help of adopt a patch, adopt a beach, minders of flower containers, those who help with our door to door collection or come out to help with our work parties and various groups such as the Thursday club, the allotments, Sustainable Skerries, Michael our CE worker, and the council guys who keep the town litter free and are ever ready to help us.
'Our call for the year is to all businesses in the town asking them to row in behind us by having floral displays on their premises. These can be window boxes or flower containers.'
She added: 'We need more help with our work parties; we are asking you our supporters if you know anyone who would be willing to give one Saturday morning in spring or one Monday evening in summer per month to help out.
'We could then work out a roster for our very busy work parties. We are also looking for someone with IT skills to help us.
'Contact can be made with the committee by leaving your name and phone number in the community centre or by phoning Maeve McGann 8491918 or contacting any of the committee.'
Among the prize winners in this year's local awards given by the Tidy Towns committee, was a special award given to Skerries Garda Station for all the work they do in presenting the station to such a high standard year after year.
All the work, keeping the garden and looking after the window boxes, is undertaken by the Gardai in their free time.
Ms Doyle said: 'Skerries deserves all the love and attention we can give it. Its character, amenities, scenic views, but above all its community and volunteering spirit are second to none. The local winners tonight have all helped to make Skerries a great town to live in.'