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Thursday 20 June 2019

Ballagh students win national award

Pictured with Yvonne Harris, head of customer Operations with Irish Water are students from Ballaghkeen National School
Pictured with Yvonne Harris, head of customer Operations with Irish Water are students from Ballaghkeen National School

Brendan Keane

Ballaghkeen National School has been named National Water School of the year at this year's An Taisce green school awards ceremony.

The ceremony took place in Kilkenny last week and the local school won the primary category.

A further 10 schools received green flags in the initiative - which is sponsored by Irish Water - and they were among 119 other schools from around the country that received flags.

Commenting on the awards, Yvonne Harris, who is Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water, said the judging panel was 'very impressed by the creative and innovative ways that all of the schools came up with to save water'.

She also said those behind the awards were also impressed with the way the schools promoted awareness in their classrooms and in their communities.

In addition to receiving the overall award Ballaghkeen National School also received a green flag and the other Wexford schools that received flags included: Cushinstown National School; Gorey Central National School; Gusserane National School; Kiltealy National School; Ramsgrange Community School; Sacred Heart Primary School; Scoil Iosagáin; Shielbaggan National School; St Leonard's National School and St Teresa's National School.

Speaking at the ceremony, Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, said: 'It's fantastic to be in a position to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the students, teachers, principals, parents and caretakers who have committed so much of their time to conserving water and to see the fruits of our workshops and events throughout the year.'

This was the seventh year of the partnership between Irish Water and Green-Schools to promote water conservation.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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