Se­abury Tidy Dis­tricts re­flect on job well done

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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.

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