Breaking News: Skerries is Ireland’s TidyTowns Winner 2016! Read all about it here.
The Department for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht organises the national TidyTowns competition since 2016.
In 2016 the TidyTowns competition had over 800 entries. It is estimated that the number of people involved in TidyTowns nationally runs into the hundreds of thousands.
Skerries has been entering the competition since 1959 one year after its commencement. And in 2016, Skerries finally made it to the top.
The primary focus of TidyTowns is to encourage communities to improve their local environment and make their area a better place to live, work and visit. The emphasis is on participating rather than winning as the very act of taking part brings benefits to the community.
The core principle of the competition is: “Make your place a better place.”
In the 2015 competition Skerries had been awarded a Gold medal, won the County Award for Dublin and the Regional Award for the Midlands and East. This award goes to the best town in the nine counties of Louth, Meath, Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford. A great achievement for Skerries.
In 2015, the adjudicator said it was a pleasure to visit Skerries and to see the changes that had happened in the past two decades. The wonderful walks that are on our doorstep were mentioned and the comment was made that Skerries being so associated with the sea gives the place a special feeling.
Tourism is very important to Ireland. Entrants in the competition improve the environment in which they live and help foster Ireland’s image abroad. The collective work of generations of Tidy Towns volunteers has helped in presenting our country in the best possible light, as a clean and green destination to visit. This makes a town more welcoming and leaves visitors with a wish to return.
Projects of Skerries Tidy Towns over the past number of years have included:
- Commissioning sculptures of The Cormorant, Terns, Oyster Catchers and, in conjunction with Skerries Tourism, the Percy French seat
- To commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Carnegie Library in Skerries, they commissioned a three-faced clock for the library tower
- Installing three plaques to mark areas of local interest: “Walker’s Corner,” “The Bay Wall” and “The Ovens”
- Commissioning the information panel installed in Holmpatrick Graveyard
The Skerries Tidy Towns Committee has weekly work parties from February to September. These are advertised on their Facebook page, in the fortnightly Skerries News and the Church Bulletin. The work parties meet at the old fire station on Quay Street.
How you can get involved
- Join the working parties or adopt an area to look after in your own time.
- Follow the Tidy Towns Facebook Page.
- Contact them at Skerries Community Centre, Dublin Road, Skerries.
- Send an email to email@example.com.
- Check the SCA website News: Tidy Towns for news from the Skerries Tidy Towns committee!
The current committee:
- Chairperson: Anne Doyle
- Secretary: Mary Conway
- Treasurer: Maeve McGann
The Skerries Tidy Towns Committee is strongly committed to the protection of the environment, enhancing and maintaining the town’s character and working towards a sustainable future for the town.
They acknowledge the great contribution the residents and businesses of the town have made to the success of Skerries in the National Competition.
Self-Guided Walking Tours
Skerries Tidy Towns have also published a number of self-guided walks. The latest is a wildlife trail through our town called Safari in Skerries. Two others which you can also see on the website here are the Slí na Sláinte, a 4km signposted walk around our town, and the Historical Walk.
The information panel entitled ‘Holmpatrick Graveyard—a description‘ is available to download using this link: http://arrow.dit.ie/beschreoth/65/
Page last updated on 27 January 2017.