Seabury Tidy Districts reflect on job well done
SEABURY Tidy District Group recemt;u hosted a review and awards night in the Parish Centre at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Seabury.
It was a celebration of all that’s good about Seabury in 2018. The MC for the night was Caroline O’brien.
Philip Lynch, a long-time leader of the Group welcomed everyone and thanked the volunteers, without whom Seabury would not be at the level of tidiness and environmental awareness that it is today.
In a visual review of the year, Harry Reynolds showed examples of the rewarding work done during the year.
He highlighted Seabury’s part in helping Malahide achieve its Gold Medal in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition and the recognition given by the judges to Seabury.
He then went on to mention Whela Reillyand her team who planted over 600 flowers and bulbs this year. Liam Mcglynn was complimented for his part in installing a new feature in Seabury - a water pump at the site of the original water source in the area before it was ever built up.
A much loved feature, made by Harry himself, was also noted - the Bug Hotel, as was the patch of ground around it. This area was developed into a bio-diversity patch and earned Seabury its reward for ‘Best Bio-diversity Project’ at the Fingal Cleaner Community Awards.
Fiona Roche, a local artist, was complimented and thanked for her beautiful murals on the backs of road signs and a her large mural on the ESB box. This was on a theme of the estuary, which can be seen close by.
A significant and poignant Rose Garden Memorial Service was also recalled. The Rose Garden was installed to fondly remember those who have passed on. A special rose had been planted this year for the children of Seabury who have died over the years.
The Clean-up day, organised annually by Caroline O’brien, was remembered and the many volunteers were thanked. This annual effort and the regular newsletters to the community was also rewarded by Fingal County Council in its Cleaner Communities Competition for ‘Best Community and Environment Initiative.’
Seabury also runs its own local competitions for Tidy Road and Best Front Garden. The tidiest road this year was Estuary Road and the best garden was adjudged to be Ancilla O’reilly’s garden.
Philip Lynch has been a tireless worker in Seabury for many years and, in truth, he is an inspiration to many people for his enthusiasm and love for the locality.
So, it was with great pleasure that a new cup was dedicated in his honour and will now be presented annually to the winner of the best garden competition. This year’s winner was Ancilla O’reilly’s garden in Castle Downs Road.
In addition, a presentation was made to Philip of a framed aerial drone photograph of Seabury.
Michael O’neill thanked him for his dedication and contribution over the years and look forward to working with him for many more.
Mayor, Anthony Lavin, a former resident of Seabury, said that it was a knock on the door of his house by Philip Lynch many years ago, when Seabury was being built, that led to him becoming involved locally and later in Fingal County Council.
Well done to everyone in the group for all their hard work in the last year.
The dedication of the Rose Garden earlier this year, attended by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin.
Volunteer, Whela Reilly.
Seabury Clean-up Day organised by Caroline O’brien.
Seabury Tidy District volunteers at the water pump.
Local artist, Fiona Roche.
Seabury stalwart, Philip Lynch.