Flags fly high with success for green schools


Congratulations to the 10 North Tipperary schools that were presented with Green Flags by well-known RTE broadcaster on wildlife and environmental issues, Éanna Ní Lamhna at a special awards ceremony held in Dublin recently.

This brought the total number of Green Flags in the county to thirty-two.

Two of those schools were first-time award winners and were commended for their efforts to reduce waste and litter in their school and local community. They are - St. Ruadhans National School in Redwood and St. Joseph’s College, Newport. The Newport school is the first VEC secondary school in North Tipperary to receive a green flag.

Three schools in the county received their second green flag for carrying out energy conservation programmes in their school -

  • Youghalarra National School
  • St. Mary’s No. 2 National School in Nenagh - and
  • Killenaive National School.

Five schools received their third flag for creating awareness within their schools and community on water pollution and water conservation, together with many other water matters -

  • Ballina National School
  • Carrig National School, Birr
  • St. Joseph’s Primary School, Templemore
  • Scoil Naomh Sheosaimh, Toomevara - and
  • Lismackin National School, Roscrea.

According to Áine Mc Carthy, North Tipperary County Council’s Environmental Awareness Officer - “The amount of enthusiasm and effort the children put into their litter and waste, energy and water programmes in their schools is great to see and they are helped along the way with guidance from committed teachers, parents and caretakers in order to create an effective Green Schools Programme.

"The children are very aware of the difference they are making to their local environment and they bring this information and knowledge - not only into their schools, but also into their homes and they spread the word to the wider communities.”

Green Schools is an international project designed to encourage whole school action to improve our environment. The seven-step action programme is co-ordinated in Ireland by An Taisce and supported by North Tipperary County Council. It can be adapted to primary or secondary schools as well as adult education centres.

The school/centre sets up a committee and prepares an Action Plan in order to achieve reduction in waste, litter, energy or water. On achieving its targets, the school is awarded with a Green Flag - the symbol of having successfully met its environmental targets. Green Schools is a fun and flexible programme with the aim of being cross-curricular.

For more information on Green Schools in Ireland - Click Here