Wednesday 23 January 2019

A Skerries welcome for its new residents

Skerries Community Association information event in Skerries ETNS
Skerries Community Association information event in Skerries ETNS

John Manning

There is always a warm welcome on the mat for new residents in Skerries and to make that message abundantly clear, Skerries Community Association held a special event recently to introduce newcomers to this very special town.

The sun shone and the warmth of the atmosphere was palpable when The Skerries Community Association (SC) welcomed new Skerries residents at a special afternoon event held at Skerries Educate Together NS.

The aims of the event, according to Skerries Community Association were to give newcomers to Skerries the opportunity to meet representatives of local community organisations, to learn more about the many clubs and groups in Skerries and to find out how to get involved in shaping the future of the growing community of Skerries.

The sunny school hall provided ample space for stands representing community groups such as Skerries Tidy Towns, Skerries Age Friendly Committee, Skerries Town Twinning, Skerries Skatepark Committee, Adopt a Beach, Soundwaves, Skerries Walking Group, Skerries Men's Shed and many more.

There was plenty of music on the day to keep everyone entertained and a splendid array of homemade cakes, tea and coffee and cold drinks to sustain the energy levels of all the visitors.

The highlight of the event was the planting of six apple trees in the school's back garden to mark six decades since the founding of the national Tidy Towns movement which has been so successful in Skerries and netted the town the national title which it held until recently. The town continues to top the regional table in Fingal and has one of the hardest working, largest and most dedicated groups of volunteers in the county. The tree-planting was about honouring all of that and suitably, it was current members of the Tidy Towns committee that stood up to plant the trees after being invited to do so by Skerries Community Association chairperson, Geoff McEvoy.

Fingal Independent