Why has Skerries in County Dublin been named as the best town in the world to live in?

News Talk: This article includes a radio clip of an interview with the author of the article, anthropologist, Daniel Miller https://www.newstalk.com/news/why-has-skerries-been-named-as-the-best-town-in-the-world-1619059

Irish Times: You will need a subscription to Irish Times to view the following article: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/2023/11/27/unthinkable-its-hard-to-find-anywhere-much-better-than-this-east-coast-town-according-to-a-british-anthropologist/

The Guardian: Plato, pilates and pubs: has an Irish town found the secret to the good life?

Updated 2nd December 2023

2023 Jim Quigley Skerries Volunteer of the Year Award for a Group

Skerries Meals on Wheels receiving their award at the SCA AGM, from left to right: Chris Corry, Tina McGee, Lucy Coleman, Frances Hanly, Ethel Birchall, Mary Fanning, Jane Landy (SCA), Hilda Heffernan, Carmel Molloy, Eithne Mallin and Kathleen Garrigan
Skerries Meals on Wheels receiving their award at the SCA AGM, from left to right: Chris Corry, Tina McGee, Lucy Coleman, Frances Hanly, Ethel Birchall, Mary Fanning, Jane Landy (SCA), Hilda Heffernan, Carmel Molloy, Eithne Mallin and Kathleen Garrigan

This award goes to Skerries Meals on Wheels. This group of volunteers has been serving the community of Skerries for over 50 years! They currently ensure the delivery of approximately 750 meals a month. The logistics of getting the right meal to the right person at the right time are smoothly and efficiently handled. Each day requires a team of four volunteer drivers who must all be insured, briefed and Garda vetted. Financial contributions from the recipients must be collected, recorded and banked. It is a huge undertaking and it happens five days a week, all year round!
Moreover, the group was able to maintain this valuable service throughout Covid-19, complying with all restrictions.

Congratulations to Skerries Meals on Wheels and a huge thank you for all your dedication and commitment!
Jane Landy (Chair, The Skerries Community Association)

2023 Jim Quigley Skerries Volunteer of the Year for an Individual

Gráinne Enright at Skerries Mills, receiving her award from Jane Landy (Chair of SCA)
Gráinne Enright at Skerries Mills, receiving her award from Jane Landy (Chair of SCA)

This goes to Gráinne Enright in recognition of all that she has done to welcome and support Ukrainians who have fled the war with Russia and sought refuge in Skerries. Gráinne personally organised accommodation, summer camps, clothes, bicycles, lifts, job opportunities and countless other supports. She was even involved in ensuring that our Ukrainian guests took part in the Skerries St Patrick’s Day Parade!Gráinne also worked on the Skerries Soundwaves Committee for many years and has set up a website to provide free online Maths grinds for secondary school students https://www.brighterminds.ie Her efforts have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Thank you Gráinne for all your wonderful work!

Jane Landy (Chair, The Skerries Community Association)

Fingal Mayor’s Award for Sabine McKenna!

Congratulations to Sabine McKenna of Sustainable Skerries, who has received a Fingal Mayor’s Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community!
Sabine was nominated for the award by Skerries Community Association board of directors. 230 nominations were submitted and 24 people (including Sabine) received awards. The awards were presented by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony, at a magnificent reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on Thursday 1st June 2023.
We believe she was also nominated by a Skerries resident. Here is the citation that we submitted:

Sabine’s passion for the environment and determination to improve sustainability and resilience in Skerries are infectious. She chairs Sustainable Skerries, leading and growing an active committee and volunteer group.

She drives numerous projects – promoting climate action, circular economy, waste reduction, biodiversity, S.L.O.W. food, and organic gardening. Her focus is always on community, promoting local initiatives and positive changes.

In 2022, Sabine secured funding for and organised a bespoke course on sustainability for 24 local participants, who became inspired to make change in Skerries. Sabine ran the inaugural Skerries Eco night with organisations and individuals from Skerries, sharing ideas and stimulating action. The follow-up event took place on 27th April, on how to further improve biodiversity.

With ChangeX funding, she organised local volunteers to plant 30 fruit and nut trees in Open Orchards around Skerries. Inspired by this, Fingal County Council funded 70 more trees in 8 Skerries locations to be enjoyed for years to come. She is also organising Skerries’ first Eco Festival, with FCC funding, bringing together groups from Skerries to demonstrate their eco initiatives and easily-adopted sustainable practices.

Sabine was an outstanding board member and secretary of Skerries Community Association for several years. During this time, she set up and ran a committee to establish Skerries Coder Dojo – a coding club for children and teenagers, established Skerries Neighbourhood Networks, and ran the online communications and a children’s Minecraft project for Skerries Soundwaves arts festival.

Her contribution to so many aspects of life in Skerries is simply incredible!

Being interviewed by Marty Morrissey – MC for the event
Enjoying the celebrations! Sabine and her guests for the evening: Jane Landy, Helen Scullion, Ernestine Woelger and husband Michael McKenna

2023 Report: A Look Back on the Past Year

As every year in the run-up to the Annual General Meeting (to which everyone in Skerries is invited!), the chair and the committees of the Skerries Community Association look back on the past twelve months.

We have put together reports and photographs, which will be delivered to households in Skerries over the next week or so.

It will also be available in our community centre, in Skerries Library, Skerries Mills, and in some of the local supermarkets.

And we are also publishing it here (below), for your convenience.

Will we see you at the AGM? It will take place on Thursday 15 June from 8 pm in the Little Theatre, Old Schoolhouse, Skerries Community Centre. There will be refreshments!

Click on the link below if you’d like to see the full PDF.