As you may know, in October we began a 12-month partnership with Aware as part of our corporate social responsibility which basically means we have integrated social concerns, such as mental health, into our business operations on a voluntary basis. With your support we aim to increase understanding and raise funds for Aware’s support, education and information services.
Being active and finding creative outlets are proven to improve positive mental health. Over the next 12-months, we will focus on promoting and delivering local experiences that engage positive reactions for our passengers, helping you to #ExpressYourself. There are so many clubs, activities and creative outlets in Swords and below are three that you might consider getting involved with yourself, or would recommend to someone. If these are not your cup of tea, there will be more so keep an eye on our website News section and social media!
Swords Men’s Shed
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is a grassroots movement that began in Ireland in 2011. Swords Men’s Shed was founded in 2014 and in 2017 new premises were donated to the group in Seatown. If you think this is all about men sitting around for hours drinking tea, you couldn’t be more wrong! With over 30 members, this local organisation has hosted workshops, computer courses, digital photography classes, social outings and much more. It provides men with the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and in their own local community.
For more information on meeting days etc. please contact: www.menssheds.ie or telephone 01 891 6150.
Does the thought of speaking in public or presenting at a work meeting fill you with anxiety? Joining Swords Toastmasters will help you overcome this in a fun and supportive environment. Their encouraging technique of learn-by-doing enables you to achieve your goals at your own pace. The ultimate aim of these meetings is to improve your confidence, communication, and leadership skills and meet like-minded people. Oh, and did we mention it’s free to attend! New members are always welcome and can join them in the Carnegie Court Hotel every second Monday at 20.00. Next meeting is on 19 November.
If you have any queries about joining, please telephone Mary Hughes on 87 259 0441 or email
Fingal Horticultural Society
One of the oldest traditions in Swords, this society began in 1942 and is still going strong hosting talks, lectures, slide shows, and garden outings as well as a big annual show every August. Previous events include garden visits as well as talks on planting spring bulbs, hanging baskets and containers and herbs. If you fancy tapping into your green fingers, new members are very welcome regardless of experience.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 086 334 3680
As well as taking on new challenges and learning new skills, joining in a local activity like these are proven to improve positive mental health as you will meet more people, build a network of friends all in your local community. It takes courage to try new activities and join clubs but it can make a big difference in how you feel and build confidence. Go on, give it a try and #ExpressYourself!