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Monday 16 September 2019

Five Fingal parks recognised with new green flag awards

Pictured are: Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien with Fingal County Council’s Director of Operations David Storey, and council staff, Caroline Power, Colin Gilhooley, Cornelia Raftery, Pascal Murphy, Tony Masterson and Evaristus Okafor
Pictured are: Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien with Fingal County Council’s Director of Operations David Storey, and council staff, Caroline Power, Colin Gilhooley, Cornelia Raftery, Pascal Murphy, Tony Masterson and Evaristus Okafor

Five Fingal parks, including Ardgillan Demesne and Malahide Demesne, have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag award for 2019, an internationally recognised quality mark for well managed public parks and open spaces.

The An Taisce Green Flag awards, which also went to Millennium Park in Blanchardstown, Santry Demesne and St Catherine's Park, were awarded the honour at a ceremony held at Maynooth University recently.

Malahide Demesne also won the overall prize in the 2019 Pollinator Project category for its pollinator-friendly planting and gardening, and for its efforts to educate the public and to promote these efforts through its website and social media.

The Green Flag Awards are judged every year by a peer jury of green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said: 'I am immensely proud that five parks across Fingal have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the council staff who ensure that the Parks continue to be wonderful amenities for everyone who live and visit the county.'

He added: 'The very fact that the parks are located right across Fingal shows the scale of the task involved in maintaining the demesnes and it is great to see them receive this deserved recognition.

'And of course closer to home, it is wonderful to see Malahide Demesne receive the overall Pollinator Project, particularly at a time when biodiversity and conservation are so important to maintaining our environment and natural heritage.'

Interim Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: 'This is great news and reflects the considerable energy and work across a number of departments within the council to ensure our parks are maintained to the highest standards.

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