Environment Awareness & Education

Green Schools Picnic – Fun in the Sun!

News Type 
Friday, May 26, 2017
People's Park
Intro Text 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council hosted a Green Schools Picnic in the People’s Park, Dún Laoghaire on Friday 26th May to celebrate the milestone of welcoming its 100th Green School.

Over 250 children representing 35 of the County’s Green Schools basked in the summer sunshine in the People’s Park, while enjoying entertainment from the Maguire Family Band, a tradition Irish music quartet and Monkstown Park Junior School who performed ‘Environment the Musical’ to a rapt audience. 

A Balloon artist, face painters, animatronic dinosaurs and FREE ice cream all helped make this “one of the most fun events of the year” according to many of the children in attendance. 

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Cormac Devlin, congratulated all the children for their hard work and said, The children here today provide an inspiration to us all, their efforts to make their schools environmentally friendly sets the best example and helps remind us why it’s so important to care for our planet.”

Green Party T.D. Catherine Martin, a former Green Schools Coordinator for St. Tiernan’s Community School Dundrum, knows how much hard work is required to earn a Green Flag. Speaking at the picnic she said, “The children with help from their teachers, principals and parents are proof that we can make the necessary changes to live more sustainable lives. You inspire us each and every day to do whatever we can to protect our planet.”

Environmental Awareness Officer, Dean Eaton, said, “We’re delighted to host a picnic in celebration of this fantastic work. The Irish Green Schools model is the most successful Eco Schools programme anywhere in the world with 90% of Irish Schools having now earned a Green Flag. That’s largely thanks to the children, parents, teachers and principals with the assistance offered by An Taisce, their sponsors and Local Authorities like Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, who have supported the programme which is now in its 20th year!”