Swords Pride for Purple Flag

Garda StationThe Visit To Swords garda Station. Inspector Noel Eiffe meets with the team and gives them a tour of the station while discussing the night time security issues that relate to Swords.

Purple Flag is the “gold standard” for town centres at night and is the highest internationally recognised award for the evening and night-time economy in Europe. It brings increased footfall and strong recognition to the town centre as a dynamic, safe, clean and fun place to be at night and is a fantastic tool for promoting a quality evening and night-time economy offering to local, regional, national and international visitors. The Purple Flag area fro Swords will cover Main Street, North Street, the Pavilions Shopping Centre and Airside Retail and Business Park. As part of the process, a self-assessment of the Purple Flag area was carried out by the Purple Flag Steering Group, consisting of businesses and Fingal County Council.
The group met with representatives from:- The Gourmet Food Parlour, Carnegie Court Hotel, Applegreen Garage, Fingal County Council, The Pound, Cab 2000, The Pavilions Shopping Centre, Essence Bistro, The Old Schoolhouse, McDonald’s, Wright’s Café Bar and The Empire.
The group also met the Gardaí at Swords Garda Station. Some issues were raised and will be addressed in the future. “The group was very impressed with the pride that people who live and work in Swords have in the area and how willing they all were to get involved in the Purple Flag process, recognising that it would increase the economy of the town”, said Noeleen McHugh from Fingal County Council. An independent assessment by the Purple Flag Assessor will take place in the Autumn.