Swords Tidy Towns were runners up recently in Pride of Place Awards Category 5 – Areas with a pop of over 5000. Ballina Lions Club Co Mayo came first. This is a fantastic result for Swords, it is national recognition of all the hard work put in by our wonderful volunteers and the management and staff of Fingal County Council. Well done everyone. We shall receive a trophy and a €500 cheque from which Swords will benifit. Swords Tidy Towns volunteers have been keeping themselves very busy during the lockdowns. We keep in close contact with each other through our WhatsApp group chatting and coordinating our weekly clean ups. The web has been a life saver for us, particularly the use of Zoom which we have used for themed Quiz Nights and Committee Meetings. We have also mastered Microsoft Teams for meetings with Fingal County Council, it’s a new normal for us now. We continue to communicate with our followers on Facebook on a regular basis keeping them up to date on all our latest clean ups and projects, we are nearing our 3000th follower. Swords Tidy Towns also have a Twitter page and a Web Site where people can comment, share and retweet. We are always seeking new volunteers, and of course, donations. Christmas 2020 is nearly upon us; it will be an unfamiliar celebration for us all with the pandemic restrictions that will be in place. Swords Tidy Towns would like to take this opportunity to wish the wonderful community of Swords and the hard-working Staff and Management of Fingal County Council, a very Happy Covid free Christmas and a Happy near to normal Prosperous New Year.