Thank You from the Rás Committee

The Skerries End Stage Rás Committee would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all who supported and helped this year with the An Post Rás End Stage and Street Party. It was a triumph of community spirit and cooperation. Thanks to all the marshals and stewards, to Fingal Tri Club and all the stallholders, the schools, community and sports groups, to our photographer Michael Johnston, the Sphinx ladies cycle group, to St Patrick’s Church, Skerries Community Association, to Coca Cola for the bottled water and to Ollies Place for the packed lunches for stewards, to Skerries Mills for their car park, Holmpatrick School for the Race Centre, to the local businesses and residents, and anyone inconvenienced by traffic restrictions, and to the spectators who turned out in droves for this great event. We could not have done it without you.

Fingers crossed for a record 10th in Skerries in 2015!

Greg Reddin, Skerries End Stage Rás Committee

Greg Reddin on Rás Day

Greg Reddin on Rás Day

Skerries South Beach – now with Blue Flag and Green Coast Award!

What a great day for Skerries when the Blue Flags and Green Coast Awards 2014 were announced on our South Beach!

All the greater because that very same South Beach was awarded both these awards.

This is mainly due to the people of Skerries, the pride they take in their place, and of course the work they put into keeping beach and town neat and pleasant for locals and visitors alike.

Skerries Adopt-a-Beach were singled out by Minister Hogan, Minister for the Environment, who commended Emily Diebold and her volunteers for their great work.

The audience consisted of representatives of Skerries community groups, such as the Adopt-a-Beach people, the Tidy Towns Committee (part of the Skerries Community Association), and Skerries Community Association itself.

Apart from that, there were visitors from practically every coastal local authority in Ireland, who had come to Skerries to pick up their Blue Flags and Green Flags. We’d like to think they were well impressed with our great little town.

And even the weather held up!

Blue Flag flying 2014

 

Treasure Hunt TV Show in Skerries

The treasure hunt TV show coming to Skerries this Summer!

Adare Productions sent us the following information and application form:

Calling all treasure hunters!

Adare Productions are looking for families to SHAKEDOWN THE TOWN (SKERRIES), in a brand new TV series for RTÉ One.

Screenshot of Adare Production's website

SHAKEDOWN THE TOWN command base will roll into Skerries and two teams, each consisting of 5 family members, will compete against each other to crack the clues and be the first to unlock the safe.

Each team will have 3 code breakers, aged 8-14 years old, in the command base. Meanwhile 2 adults will be chasing around their local town trying to gather the numbers for the safe’s combination lock.

Clues will lead each team to several locations in and around Skerries. At each location the teams must complete a challenge to retrieve a number for the safe’s combination lock.

Each family team must have 3 youngsters, aged 8-14 year-olds. So maybe you, your brother or sister and cousin can join forces with two adults, whether that’s your parents / guardians, uncles or aunts.

So if you want to SHAKEDOWN YOUR TOWN, we will be interviewing potential families.

If you would like to apply, please email us at: criona@adareproductions.ie or yvonnekinsella@gmail.com

In the email you need to tell us your name, your contact number and address, along with the names and ages of the other members of the treasure hunt team.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01-284 3877 or 085 8073003.

Giro d’Italia – a Thank-You

On behalf of the SCA, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the Giro D’Italia transit through Skerries.

Giro Skerries

Photo: Ciarán McKenna


I would like to thank all the Fingal Councillors and those running in the European election for their support in making the route through Skerries poster free. I would also thank all the volunteers for their hard work before, during and after the event.

For the contribution made by Skerries Community Centre to the Cycle against Suicide event, a big thank you.

Photo: David Diebold, Skerries News

Photo: David Diebold, Skerries News

To An Garda, Fire Brigade and Ambulance service for their support through the day another big thank you all.

The people of Skerries who came out in large numbers, in such bad weather, and gave great support to all the cyclists.

Photo: Still from a video by M. Russell

Photo: Still from a video by M. Russell

Our local media and photographers recorded the event and are very much appreciated.

My biggest thanks goes to the Chamber of Commerce for the manner in which they led the make-over of Skerries to welcome the Giro. This will put Skerries on the map with a world wide audience and will be a big help with future tourism.
My best regards


Martin A. Russell

Giro 2014: The world’s second-biggest cycling race is coming to Skerries!

Sunday 11 May 2014 will be a great day for cycling enthusiasts, and a chance to show off your pink and orange T-Shirts!

First the Cycle against Suicide ending in Skerries, thanks to the Skerries Cycle Against Suicide people (ORANGE for that, please, around 11.45 / 12 noon), and then on with the PINK for the Giro Start 2014 hitting Fingal County Council from 1.30 p.m. (though probably a little after that for Skerries).

And all this just two weeks before the annual Irish Cycling Road Race, The An Post Rás, celebrates its 9th consecutive year of ending in Skerries!

giro fingal

giro route

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Tidy Towns Safari Trail launch: Sat April 26, Skerries Mills

Tidy Towns inform us:

Safari Trail. Launch of the Safari Trail at 12 midday in Skerries Mills on Saturday 26th April. All welcome. Launch will be by Frank Prendergast from BirdWatch and introduction by Sharon Eastwood from Woodrow Sustainable Solutions.

For more information on Skerries Tidy Towns, a committee of Skerries Community Association, go to the Tidy Towns Facebook Page