Thursday 16 August 2018

Tidy Towns volunteers getting their feet wet

The good people at Swords Tidy Towns recently got their waders on and rolled up their sleeves for the annual clean-up of the Ward River in Swords.

The merry band of volunteers gathered at the gates of the town park before embarking on the annual clean-up and there was a great turn out despite all the distractions of the Royal Wedding as well as Scottish and English Cup Finals and Leinster playing to become European champions.

One stalwart was missing from the line up, in the shape of Tidy Towns chairperson, Ken Duffy, who explained: 'Due to a pelvic fracture which had me bed bound I was unable to take part myself but I was there in spirit and by text.'

He explained the significance of the event, saying: 'The river clean-up has become a regular Swords Tidy Towns calendar event with Fingal Volunteers, Conservation Fingal, local Scout Troops and residents also taking part.'

Ken added: 'Our member, Noel Cosgrave took on the mantel of organising the clean up this year with the support of Teresa Cosgrave, Mick Dolan, George Mongey, Peter MacReamoinn, Lynn Walsh, Dympna Cassidy, Gerry Brennan, Rose Brennan, Mary Maxwell, Cllr Joe Newman, Victor his wife Ramune and their two young daughters.

'There were refreshments of coffee, tea and sandwiches provided afterwards by Swords Tidy Towns at the Well Bar.'

Since scoring success by winning a silver medal in the national competition, last year, there has been a wave of support for the local Tidy Towns effort and it has been notable on the ground, according to Ken.

He explained: 'Since winning both a Silver Medal and the Diversity Award in the Nationals in 2017, the support for Swords Tidy Towns from all quarters especially the Operations Department of Fingal County Council under the leadership of Colm Rigney, has been phenomenal and it shows all over our town.'

The effort ultimately depends on the people of the town and their own engagement with the bid to keep Swords tidy.

Ken said: 'I would ask the people of Swords and surrounds to please keep supporting us keep binning your rubbish and be extra vigilant during the months of June and July when the judging takes place.'

Fingal Independent