Swords Tidy Towns committee were the overall winners of the 42nd Fingal County Council Cleaner Community Awards 2017, which was held at the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport. In all, a total of 39 awards were presented on the night, with most communities in the county being recognised for their endeavours to maintain their areas in pristine condition.
County Mayor, Cllr Mary McCamley opened proceedings by paying tribute to the tireless work of volunteers, who have taken ownership of their communities. She said, “It is a pleasure for me to go into so many areas where volunteers have done fantastic work to keep their towns and villages neat and tidy. This is a celebration of Fingal’s residents and their pride in keeping their communities looking so well. The judges commented that the standard was so high and the great number of communities with beautiful floral displays was particularly outstanding. This competition is different to Tidy Towns, where Fingal towns like Skerries, Malahide, Swords and Lusk, have excelled this year. This is a great thank you to residents for the pride they show in their communities,” she said.
Chairperson of Swords Tidy Towns, Ken Duffy was thrilled with winning the overall award. He said: “This is deserved recognition for the dedication and hard work of our wonderful volunteers and committee members who go out in all weathers to ensure that Swords is looking in pristine conditions. It comes directly after our excellent showing at the National Tidy Towns competition, where we increased our points total by more than 20 points, securing our first silver medal in the process. I would also like to thank the County Council for their help and encouragement along the way. It means a lot to us.”