Inaugural Launch of Youth National Spring Clean, Dalkey

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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"Plastic Free, Irish Sea!"

‘In advance of the official campaign launch on Wednesday, 28 March, Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council hosted its inaugural Youth National Spring Clean Event, which encourages Ireland’s next generation to become involved in Ireland’s largest and longest running anti-litter campaign.‘

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Tom Murphy joined children from 7 local schools, who called for a 'Plastic Free, Irish Sea!' whilst marching through Dalkey Town, waving colourful banners and placards. The face of the National Spring Clean Model Sarah McGovern, local Cllr's and Dalkey Tidy Towns joined the children in their call to arms!  

Speaking at the event Cllr. Tom Murphy thanked the assembled guests for their efforts to tackle litter and raise awareness of the harm it causes to life in our oceans and gave special praise to Flossie Donnelly the 10 year old beach cleaning litter activist who raised over €3000 to purchase sea bins for Dún Laoghaire Harbour and the students from Newpark Comprehensive School for their Plastic Outta the Park campaign which aims to eradicate single use plastic from their school.

"These young people are shining examples, that with the right support, they can make a positive change to our world and I endorse their call to young people throughout Ireland to support the National Spring Clean and make a positive difference to our planet"

Children representing Castle Park School, Harold Boys National School, Loreto Primary School, Lycée Francais d'Irelande, Newpark Comprehensive School, St. Nicholas Montessori and St. Patrick's National School.

Dún Laoghaire supports local schools and community groups by providing clean-up materials and a litter collection service. For more details please email environ@dlrcoco.ie or phone 01 2054817

For more details on the inaugural launch of the National Spring Clean contact Dean Eaton, Acting Environment Awareness Officer deaton@dlrcoco.ie