Take part in Street Feast 2018 on 10th June 2018

“Helping to make a great town even better” is the the byline of the Skerries Community Association, but you can help make your own street, club, or community group even better by organising or taking part in a Street Feast on Sunday, 10th June 2018.

Street Feast is a neighbourhood street party that will be hosted by neighbours all over Ireland at the same time, and it’s taking place across the country on Sunday 10th June 2018. Over 1,300 Street Feast events were held nationwide in 2017, with over 120,000 people taking part. (See here to sample the flavour of the day.)

This 10th of June at around 12 noon, communities across Ireland will sit down for a feast to celebrate community. They can be anywhere really – out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.

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Age Friendly Community Transport Consultation

Under the World Health Organisations (WHO) Age Friendly Cities & Counties Programme, Skerries received its Age Friendly Town status in 2014. As part of this process, older people were asked to have their say in matters of concern to them. In Skerries, one of the issues preventing people from staying involved and connected in their community was transport.

Skerries Age Friendly Town

As part of the Skerries Age Friendly Town Initiative, the Age Friendly Skerries committee, with the support of Flexibus/LocalLink, is proposing to look at ways to support older people to stay connected in their local community, in particular to look at the transport needs of older people and how we might address these needs locally.

To build this picture we need your help. We would like to invite you to take part in an Age Friendly Community Transport Consultation/Workshop to be held in Skerries Rugby Club on Wednesday, 25th April, from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

Please RSVP to agefriendlytransport@skerriesca.com or ring Clare on 086 876 7633 or Mary 086 3977118 before 19th April 2018 to secure a place as numbers are limited.

Welcome New Residents! – 28th April 2018

Join us at Skerries Educate Together NS at 2–4 PM on Saturday, 28th April 2018.

The Skerries Community Association invites you to drop by to meet representatives of your local community organisations, learn more about clubs and groups in Skerries and to find out how to get involved in shaping our growing Skerries Community.

Children welcome!

Refreshments will be served.

Bring trowels and gloves for apple tree planting!

We hope to see you there!

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Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter Accessibility Survey

Skerries Tidy Towns are looking to making the town as accessible as possible and would be very grateful if any Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter users and people with limited mobility could complete a survey on accessibility in Skerries. They would also be grateful for any suggestions from people where the town can be improved.

Wheelchair/mobility scooter accessibility survey

You can send the completed survey to mclarecarter@aol.com.

No Excuse For Single Use!

Skerries Tidy Towns will launch their reusable cups in Super Valu Skerries on Tuesday, December 12th, at 2pm. Thanks to James and Super Valu for hosting the launch.

The 12 oz cup comes in four colours. It is made of naturally organic, rapidly renewable bamboo fibre. The lid and sleeve are made of silicone, which is BPA and phthalate free. The cup itself is dishwasher safe, naturally sterile – no taste residue – and should last for years. But when it has come to the end of its natural life, it goes back to nature along with organic compost.

The cups will retail at €9.99 and will be available in Super Valu, Gerry’s, Goat in the Boat, Skerries Mills, C&T’s, Skerries News, Olive, LA Bakery and Gerry at the station.

There will be a free coffee to go when you buy a cup on the day.

“Fear, Failure and Managing Expectations”

Skerries Community College Parents Association will host a presentation by Mr. Enda Murphy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Author, on “Fear, Failure and Managing Expectations” on Wednesday 22nd November in the school hall at 8pm sharp.

Tickets @ €5.00 available in Skerries Bookshop

Enda is a very well know speaker and author, and is regularly on the radio talking about the issue of mental health and our children’s well being.

There are a limited number of tickets for sale, please don’t be disappointed.

Skerries Better Energy Community (BEC) meeting, 4 December 2017

You are invited to a public meeting on Skerries Better Energy Community  (BEC) programme at 8 pm, 4 December, Old School, Skerries Community Centre

Skerries Community Association (SCA) invites you to a public information meeting to learn how communities can work together to avail of generous grants to retrofit homes, community buildings and business premises, to make them warmer and reduce energy costs. Grants of 80% are available if you are on a fuel allowance, 35% if not, 50% for community buildings and 30% for commercial buildings. At the meeting you will be able to learn more about the practicalities of the scheme and to sign up for a free assessment of the work that would be suitable for making your own house more energy efficient.

In 2016 and 2017, 150 homeowners in mid-Louth benefited from this scheme, which was managed by Dunleer Community Development Board. The total investment to date was €1.2M, and these interventions have made energy savings of 3.6 million Kilowatts.

Skerries Community Association plans to initially partner with the successful scheme in Louth managed by Dunleer Community Development Board, who are making a further application under the 2018 BEC Programme.

http://www.themarkethouse.ie/index.php/about/the-dcdb/207-dcdb-background-and-mission-statement

Funding for Better Energy Communities is provided by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) https://www.seai.ie/grants/community-grants/

To learn more please come along to the meeting. To help us get an idea of likely attendance please email betterenergy@skerriesca.com

Download flyer: Skerries Better Energy Community (BEC) meeting, 4 December 2017

Does Skerries need lower speed limits?

Fingal County Council are drafting bye-laws on special 30 km/h speed limits in selected residential areas, but not for Skerries.  We, the public, have until 24 October to make submissions on this.

As currently drafted, the bye-laws will introduce 30km/h speed limits in parts of Swords, Donabate, Balrothery, Balbriggan, Sutton, Baldoyle, Malahide, Kinsealy, Mulhuddart and Ongar.  As of now, there are no draft bye-laws for any part of Skerries.

Details and maps are at https://consult.fingal.ie/en/consultation/public-display-road-traffic-special-speed-limitscounty-fingaldraft-bye-laws-no-1-local

Does any part of Skerries need a 30 km/h speed limit?

You can make your opinion count by making a personal submission to Fingal County Council at https://consult.fingal.ie/en/node/add/civiq-comments?c=8043

Skerries Community Association will also be making a submission to Fingal County Council.  Our submission will cover the areas where there are EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST IN INTRODUCING 30 KM/H LIMITS.  Give us your feedback by emailing traffic@skerriesca.com with your views. Continue reading

2017 Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Skerries Community Association is on Friday 8 September in the Little Theatre, Skerries Community Centre from 8 p.m.

Our pre-AGM leaflet containing a review of our committees’ activities has been printed and should arrive at every household before Friday 8 September. It can be viewed online here.

YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU!

Why not become involved yourself?!?

  • Attend the AGM.
  • Consider volunteering. Are you someone who would enjoy working with one of the SCA committees to make Skerries an even better place?
  • Join the SCA as an ordinary member. It costs nothing and will give the SCA a stronger voice in making the case for Skerries when negotiating with Fingal County Council and other agencies. To join online just go to the Online Membership Form.

Have you seen Himalayan Balsam?

Himalayan Balsam is a pretty pink plant that was first introduced to Ireland as a garden plant, but it soon found its way out of gardens and into the countryside, where it has been spreading rapidly ever since.

In Fingal, its spread seems to be limited to two sites in Skerries, and the Skerries Tidy Towns group and Fingal County Council are keen to eradicate this invasive species.

The plant is an annual with scented, purplish-pink, slipper shaped flowers in June–August. When the large green seed pods are mature they explode when touched, scattering the seed far and wide to start new infestations next year. The seeds float and are spread further by water movements.

 

If you have seen Himalayan Balsam around Skerries when out and about, please let us know. To report Himalayan Balsam locations please email your sightings to biodiversity@fingal.ie

Please try to provide a map or a precise location with reference to the proximity of local features.