2022 Report for the SCA and its Committees

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SCA Chair Jane Landy writes: Back in the chair plus arrivals and departures

It’s less than a year since our last AGM (4 October 2021) and Skerries and the world seem to be very different. An end to all Covid restrictions since March 2022 has meant that those committees who rely on holding in-person events have been able to get back to business. Back in September who would have thought that we would be welcoming people fleeing from war-torn Ukraine to our town? (See skerriesca.com/Ukraine for more.) And I find myself (an SCA old-timer) “back in the chair”, which is as enjoyable and fulfilling as ever!

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Skerries Community Association Accounts 2020

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For information about the AGM on 4th October 2021, and the report for 2020/21 go to AGM 2021: The 2020/21 Report

AGM 2021: The 2020/21 Report

This year, the annual report about the work of the Skerries Community Association and its committees will not be distributed to every household in Skerries. A limited number of printed copies will be available in the Community Centre, in local shops, in the week before the AGM (4th October 2021) and on request by email to chair@skerriesca.com.

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Skerries Community Association & Committees 2020/21 Report

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Jim Quigley Award 2021

Recognition of couple’s volunteering contribution to Skerries life.

On Saturday 9 October 2021 Skerries Community Association (SCA) and Skerries Town Football Club jointly recognised the immense contribution of Michael (Mick) and Noeleen Bolger to community sporting activity in the town. The occasion was the presentation of the Jim Quigley award for volunteer of the year and it took place in the grounds of Skerries Town FC after the weekly Kids Academy coaching session.

Every year SCA invites nominations from residents for the Jim Quigley Award which are then passed to independent judges for assessment.

This year the Judges selected Mick and Noeleen as the winners of the Jim Quigley Award for their years of dedicated work with Skerries Town Football Club. In their written comments, the judges said, “running Saturday morning coaching sessions (the Kids Academy) for up to ninety under-tens for seven months of the year is not an easy task. To do this for eighteen years coupled with involvement with other sporting and community activities including the Community Games at Mosney and the Special Olympics at Croke Park in 2003 requires dedication and commitment second to none.”

Mick and Noeleen set up the ‘ Kid’s Academy” on Saturday mornings with Skerries Town Football Club in September 2003 to provide coaching in basic football skills for five to nine year olds. They felt that children in the early years of their football life need an environment of non-competitive football to learn the basic skills. The Kid’s Academy, or KA as its better known provides such an environment.

The judges remarked that the real winner is the community of Skerries who get such wonderful benefit from the work done by people like Michael and Noeleen.

Accepting the award, Mick said that many others are and were involved in making the Kids Academy a success.

Michael McKenna presented the Jim Quigley award on behalf of the SCA and Owen O’Brien, Chairperson Skerries Town F.C. made a presentation of flowers and champagne on behalf of the club to Mick and Noeleen.

Jim Quigley 2021 Award Winners Michael (Mick) and Noeleen Bolger, with Michael McKenna (SCA) and Owen O'Brien Skerries Town Football Club
Jim Quigley Award Winners 2021 Michael (Mick) and Noeleen Bolger with Michael McKenna (SCA) and Owen O’Brien, Chairperson, Skerries Town Football Club.

AGM 2020: The 2019/20 Report

This year, the annual report about the work of the Skerries Community Association and its committees will not be distributed to every household in Skerries. A limited number of printed copies will be available from 10/10/2020 in the Community Centre, in local shops, and on request by email to chair@skerriesca.com.

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SCA and Committees: Our 2019/20 Report

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“En marche!” in the Canton of Guichen

“En marche!” is the name and slogan of the new political party of Emmanuel Macron who hopes to revitalise France.  Equally you could apply it to the group of Skerries walkers who have just spent an enjoyable week walking and hiking in the Canton of Guichen.  A 30-strong group of all ages and interests, intent on exploring the walkways and trails, were accompanied by five teenagers, who were able to sample secondary school life during their week-long stay.

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Town Twinning Association – Fond Memories of Guichen Trip July 2015

No sunny skies, but warm welcome for Skerries travellers !

A large group of  Skerries locals  travelled to our twin area, the Canton of Guichen,  from 16th-21st July to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the charter of friendship between our two area. .  Among those who travelled were several,  who had been there at the original ceremonies  twenty years ago.   Accompanying the group were members of Rinceoil Fingal whose musical talents  contributed greatly to the enjoyment of all the events.  We also had the great pleasure of having the newly elected Mayor of Fingal, David O’Connor, with us.

The theme chosen for the celebrations was ‘Remembering the contribution of those who fought in the Second World War, who laid the future for the Europe of today’.  There was also a group of participants from the Canton’s Polish twin town, Srem .

A whole programme of events was organised for us throughout the five day stay.  One of the most interesting talks was on the enormous contribution  made by Polish soldiers to the defence of Western Europe and the role they played in the war in France.

On Friday morning, we visited the War Graves in the cemetery in Rennes and laid wreaths to remember the efforts made by French, Polish and Irish combatants during World War II.  Of particular interest for us were the graves of George Fitzpatrick, ( great uncle of the Grundy family in Skerries) and Sergeant Ross, ( (who was related to Harry Reynolds of Balbriggan). We also visited a number of retirement homes where we had the pleasure of meeting several of those who had fought for France and hearing their memories of those difficult times.   We were delighted that our musicians came along and entertained the residents with selections of Irish music, which greatly added to the occasion.  A further conference was held on the future of Europe and our responsibilities to ensuring freedom and equality across the Union.

 

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The twelve young people, six from Skerries and six from Guichen who were involved in the three-week work camp, with the leaders and organisers.

Another highlight was a visit to the work camp in Laillé, where six young local students from Skerries Community College and their six counterparts from the Canton ware engaged in constructing a shelter in the local skate park.  This three-week camp was nearing the end of its second week and we were able to see the structure taking shape.  Everybody seemed to be having a good time and the Irish group were greatly heartened by hearing Irish voices and the addition of some packs of Tayto and Irish chocolate !

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A formal re-signing of our charter of friendship took place in the presence of the eight mayors of the Canton.  The twinning committee had also taken the opportunity to invite many of those who were involved with the original ceremonies in 1995.  We were delighted to have our very own Lord Mayor with us, as David O’Connor looked resplendent in his chain of office.  He took the occasion to present  the Fingal flag to the assembly, which was very much appreciated. This was followed by a lively session with Rinceoil again providing the music and Irish, Poles and French united in Fallaí Luimnigh !

Fun and local games were planned for the Sunday.  Undeterred by the grey skies, everybody enjoyed the afternoon.  Workshops on weaving, galette making and local cider tasting proved very popular, even if the pétanque and other Breton games were a bit hampered by the damp conditions.  A walking tour of local historical sites attracted a number of Skerries walkers, although the falling drizzle did dampen the enjoyment somewhat.

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A lesson in galette making !

Skerries Town Twinning Association – A Review of the Last Year

As all our SCA Committees are preparing for the 2015 AGM (Fri 09 September 2015, 8 p.m., Little Theatre), they look back over the past year or so. Here is what Geraldine McQuillan of Skerries Town Twinning Association wrote:

IMG_6915We have had a busy time over the past twelve months.  Our big undertaking in 2014 was the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Twinning Ceremony in Skerries in 1994.  The festivities took place in August and we welcomed 41 visitors from the Canton of Guichen for a four-day visit.  The emphasis was on our common Celtic Heritage and we tried to include a range of activities for them, including workshops in set-dancing, celtic embroidery and traditional music.  We had a lovely tour of Ardgillan Castle and Gardens and a guided walking tour of the town.  One of the fun items was a boules contest. To commemorate our original twinning events in 1994, we unveiled a plaque on Red Island to mark the anniversary.   A day long trip to Kilkenny city gave them a taste of another heritage town. IMG_6870

Alongside these events, we ran a separate programme of sports and cultural activities for the twelve children who were among the group.  It was an exhausting, but very enjoyable few days and we are most grateful to the many individuals and groups who lent their cooperation for the event.

twinning 01Earlier in the Spring 2014 we had organised an exchange of photographers.  Three Skerries photographers visited  the Canton of Guichen and in return, two photographers from Guichen came to Skerries. This led to a wonderful body of work entitled ‘Through Each Other’s Eyes,’  which we had the pleasure of exhibiting in Skerries Mills.

Guichen 2015 ceolWe had two projects this summer – a return trip to the Canton in July and our participation in an international youth camp held in Laillé in July.  We had almost 40 participants in the July trip, including a group of traditional musicians from Rush.  Apart from this, six teenage pupils from Skerries Community College travelled to France for a three-week camp, also in July.  Their project was to construct a shelter in the public skateboard playground in Laillé, one of the main towns in the Canton of Guichen. They worked with six local teenagers, sharing the work, meals and leisure time activities with their French counterparts. A good time was had by all.

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David O’Connor, the Mayor of Fingal, in Guichen.

 

We’re always ready to welcome new initiatives. We have had approaches from the local badminton club in Laillé with a view to organising a visit to Skerries, so we will start to work on this soon.   If you have any ideas for joint projects with the Canton of Guichen, why not get in touch with us and we’ll see how we can progress them?

Geraldine McQuillan, Secretary, Skerries Town Twinning Association; contact: towntwinning@skerriesca.com 

Guichen 2015 group picture