St Joseph's raises fifth Green Flag

Published 11/07/2013 | 05:26

Pictured at the raising of the fifth Green Flag for biodiversity achieved by St. Joseph's Foundation Charleville were John O'Shea, Mary Hayes and Helen Power, St. Joseph's, Michael John O'Mahony, An Taisce and Nicky Quaid who raised the flag.

SAINT Joseph's Foundation achieved another Green Flag for biodiversity last week when Limerick star goalkeeper Nicky Quaid, who hails from nearby Effin, proudly raised the Foundation's coveted fifth Green Flag watched by service users from St Joseph's.

SAINT Joseph's Foundation achieved another Green Flag for biodiversity last week when Limerick star goalkeeper Nicky Quaid, who hails from nearby Effin, proudly raised the Foundation's coveted fifth Green Flag watched by service users from St Joseph's.

Earlier, the Green Flag committee members, Frank Carey, Errol Fitzgerald, Helen Power, Marie Farrissey, Peter Grant and Mary Hayes, were introduced to the attendance at the ceremony which was held in the Foundation's Sports Hall.

Guest of honour was Michael John O'Mahony, Environmental Officer of An Taisce, the body operating the Green Flag Programme. In his address, Mr. O'Mahony said that he was first in St. Joseph's Foundation when they were awarded their first Green Flag in 2005 for Litter and Waste. He said that St. Joseph's had set the tone for all other schools in the manner in which they set about achieving their goals.

"I am delighted to see that since then they also have garnered the Green Flag for energy in 2007, the Green Flag for water in 2009, the Green Flag for travel in 2011 and today they raise their fifth Green Flag for biodiversity, which is a fantastic achievement," said Mr. O'Mahony.

Ms Mary Hayes said that their next project was to work on global citizenship, which entails maintaining all five of their flags, and to assess how their caring for the environment locally may contribute to its betterment overall globally

During their work to secure the biodiversity flag the team created a map of their campus and from it they were able to track all the changes they made to enhance the environment and encourage nature and provide a safe habitat for wild life.

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