Skerries Reaching Out was set up to identify, using reverse genealogy, those who left Skerries, tracing them and their descendants worldwide, proactively engaging with them and inviting to reconnect with their homeland either by visiting or ‘virtually’. We also assist anybody seeking information on any past or present relative living in Skerries.
We have been of assistance with several family enquiries during 2014. One such request in is seeking any information on any present McKibben relatives in Ireland or indeed Skerries (originally the McKibbens from Balcunnin, Skerries; you can see Charles Gordon McKibben’s name in the picture above). Another current enquiry is for any information of a Skerries connection to a William Barnwell.
If anybody has any steer at all on either of these please we would be delighted to hear from you.
We ended the year with our second Newsletter of 2014 and an online survey about walking and cycling in Skerries. The survey responses included many useful insights and suggestions and we sincerely thank all who took the trouble to complete it. The results will be published early in 2015. The Newsletter also generated over 20 new subscribers as well as the very welcome prospect of new people joining our committee in the New Year.
We got some encouraging news that funding for a cycle trackfrom Barnageera to Balbriggan and for the Broadmeadow Estuary crossing is to be provided from 2015 on.
We have been working with the parents and staff in the local schools to create outdoor learning areas.
Skerries Educate Together parents & guerrilla gardeners
In Skerries Educate Together NS the hard landscaping and structures funded by the Percent for Art scheme are completed. Parents and children are now installing mulch-lined pathways, raised beds and a planting scheme. When this is finalised in early 2015, the school will have a wonderful new space in a beautiful setting. The funding from a Local Agenda 21 grant will enable the purchase of plants and other supplies which cannot be sourced or supplied through voluntary effort.
Building work at St Patrick’s Junior will also lead to a changed layout for the school garden. Despite this, every child has been involved in making bird feeders, fat balls and ‘leaf’ collections. Each class has looked at the diversity of plants within its grounds, and the children have been planting a wide range to attract different species of butterflies and bees.
As we look forward to 2015 we are hoping to build on previous successes (and failures!) and would love to hear from anyone who is willing to volunteer a couple of hours a month.
Skerries Town Twinning Association had a busy year in 2014 celebrating the 20th anniversary of the twinning with the Canton of Guichen. In August we welcomed 41 visitors and we were most grateful to all the local families who hosted the visitors. Also to the many individuals and associations who helped us with the organisation of the events in the 5-day visit.
Au revoir! Visitors from Guichen depart from Skerries 2014
We look forward now to a return trip in July 2015 to celebrate the twinning link in the Canton of Guichen. We will keep you all informed of plans.
We have also been invited to send three young people ( +16) to take part in an international work camp In Laillé, also during July. This will be a very exciting project and we will be getting started on recruiting the participants in the New Year.
We will be holding our annual Dinner at the end of January, Saturday 24th in The Rockabill restaurant and hope to contact all our members and friends before then with final details.
On Saturday 15th November, BirdWatch Ireland members invited representatives of the Fóroige group and the Tidy Towns Committee (one of the committees of Skerries Community Association) to come along and help erect the boxes.
The sites selected were in the grounds of the Church of Ireland and in the park adjacent to the Mill. The sites chosen for the bat boxes are close to known existing roosts.
The bird boxes were placed in areas of high bird activity.
The bird boxes will be monitored for activity in spring by Birdwatch Ireland who has undertaken to clean them each year after use, to make them ready for the following year’s occupants.
Paul Denny on ladder, Jim English, Breege Madden, Abbey Holland and Paul Lynch.
Skerries Town Park Masterplan Consultation is underway now and closes on 27 January: As Part of Age Friendly Action Skerries, Fingal County Council is planning to improve Skerries Town Park. Plans are on display until 13 January.
From the Site Notice.
The plans for the Skerries Town Park Masterplan are available now in Swords & Balbriggan County Offices and in Skerries Library – as well as on the Fingal County Council website, from where we retrieved the documents on this page, too.
Please note that the current masterplan deals with the following aspects:
New Play Facilities including Children’s Playground and Multi-use Games Area
New Adult Exercise Area
Improved Path Network including resurfacing of existing paths, additional sections of footpaths and 3 additional pedestrian entrances
Provision of Wildlife Viewing Deck
Reconfiguration of Sports Pitches
Upgrading of Existing Sports Pitches
Upgrading of Existing Sports Pitches including improving drainage
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The Directors of Skerries Community Association are encouraging everybody, and all groups in Skerries (especially its own committees) to take a good look at the documents and to make any views known to firstname.lastname@example.org
[Fingal County Council add: All comment,s including the names and addresses of those making comments, submitted to the Council in regard to this development will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented to the monthly meeting of Fingal County Council. Accordingly they will also be included in the minutes of that meeting and consequently will appear on the Council’s Website.]
The annual awards night of Skerries Tidy Towns (one of the most active committees of Skerries Community Association) was held recently in Joe Mays. A large crowd came to see the prizes being presented and celebrate a great year for Tidy Towns in Skerries.
The best-presented business went to The White Cottages, sponsored by Tom and Denyze from Skerries Art School.
The best floral display went to Ollie’s Place, sponsored by the Tidy Towns committee, who also sponsored the best signage, which went to Da Vino’s.
The best window display went to VIP (Very Important Parties) and was sponsored by the Red Bank.
The award for the best-presented private house in the town went to O’Leary’s in the Square and was sponsored by Tidy Towns.
The best-presented house in an estate went to Gerry Boardman at 16 Mill Hill Park, sponsored by Shay Kelly Auctioneers.
The best estate award was shared by the Heights, Jetty, Tide, Harbour and the Rise areas of Kelly’s Bay, sponsored by Skerries Community Association.
Photographs by Skerries Tidy Towns / Brendan Sherlock.
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