Saturday 24 August 2019

Tidy Towns new statue

John Manning

Swords Tidy Towns won the National Tidy Towns Diversity Award in 2017 and to mark the achievement, the group has embarked on a special project.

Tidy Towns chair, Ken Duffy said: 'The award was presented to us in recognition of the wonderful diversity we foster within our group.

'It recognised our inclusivity ethos in the areas of Age Diversity, Gender Diversity and Cultural Diversity.

'Since 2017 diversity within the group has blossomed even further leading to the construction of our amazing Inclusiveness Sculpture close to the Malahide Roundabout. 'This project would not have taken root without the imagination of our members Mary Maxwell and Matt Cullen whose brainchild this is and the many days of hard work put in by our enthusiastic volunteers and the ever helpful Colm Rigney of Fingal Count Council and his fantastic Operations Department team.

'We would like to thank the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O'Brien for officially launching our project and speaking so highly of the hard work done by Tidy Towns groups around the country.

'We also wish to thank Ann Marie Farrelly CEO of Fingal County Council for attending the launch and for her encouraging kind words they were very much appreciated by our group who wish her well for the future. A special mention and thank you must go to Martin Nulty and Martin Tully for all their help in choosing and advising on the best plants and best way to plant them.

We are also very grateful to Lindsey Balfe a teacher from St Finians Community College who cut the letters and made the logo's for our sculpture.

And last but not least The staff of Colourtrend for helping us choose the correct staining for the sculpture sleepers and the 164th Brackenstown Bobcats Cubs for their help when planting the flowers.

Fingal Independent