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55 schools in Donegal awarded Green Flags

55 schools in Donegal awarded Green Flags

Students from Loreto Community School receiving their green flag at the special Ceremony in Letterkenny


55 schools in Donegal were awarded Green Flags at a special event held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny earlier this month.  Three schools were there to receive their Green Flag for the very first time for their work on Litter & Waste while 52 schools were receiving renewals of their flags.  


Castleshanaghan N.S., Letterkenny, Crana College Buncrana and Scoil Chaitriona, Ballyshannon all received their first Green Flag.


A number of schools were awarded their flags for Global Citizenship Energy having been involved in the programme for at least 14 years.   Scoil Cholmcille in Letterkenny was awarded their 9th Green Flag.


Speaking at the event Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey congratulated the schools involved with this programme saying “your commitment to this programme is outstanding and I must commend the whole school for this achievement.  This includes students, staff, parents associations and Boards of Management and in particular the Green Schools co-ordinators”.


The Cathaoirleach paid a special tribute to Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore who were recognised nationally when they were awarded with the prestigious title of Green Schools Irish Water School of the Year for the Western Region having been shortlisted from 3,000 applications.   The school stood out for special recognition having reduced their water usage by over 80%.


Green Schools Co-ordinator Seamus O'Fhearraigh along with members of the Green Team were presented with their trophy at a special event in Dublin on Thursday 4th May. 


Congratulating the school Cllr. Slowey said that this was a fantastic achievement for the school and the county to receive this recognition at the highest level.


The Green-Schools programme is an environmental education programme and has been operating in Ireland for 20 years and is frequently regarded as best practice internationally. 


Schools implement a 7 step programme focusing on different themes such as Litter & Waste, Energy, Water, School Travel, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship to achieve the Green Flag award.  Student-led initiatives and whole-school action are key to the programme.


In Donegal 195 schools are registered with the programme and 164 Green Flags proudly fly across Donegal.


55 schools in Donegal awarded Green Flags

Students & teachers from Scoil Naomh Fionán, Falcarragh, receiving their green flag at the special ceremony in Letterkenny.


Donegal schools were some of the first schools to get involved in the Green Schools programme when it started 20 years ago and it is still going strong. Donegal County Council plays an important role in the implementation of the programme.


"Donegal County Council is committed to the Green Schools programme as the benefits are tremendous not only are we educating our pupils for the future but the positive environmental impacts each school is making cannot be underestimated" said Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council.


The programme is also sponsored by Irish Water, The Wrigley Company and Toyota Motor Europe.



Donegal Schools Awarded Green Flags in 2017


Litter and Waste                                                                                                                                                              

Cashelshanaghan N.S. ,Ballymaleel

Crana College, Buncrana

Scoil Chaitriona, Ballyshannon



Scoil Naomh Padraig, Drumfries

St Davaddog's N.S, Fanad

St. Conal's N.S, Narin Portnoo



Bocan Community Creche, Culdaff

Fintra N.S, Killybegs

Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore

S.N. An Choimin, Clochan              

Scoil Mhuire, Glenties

St. Baithin's N.S, St. Johnston

St. Joseph's N.S Lower, Illies



Donagh N.S, Carndonagh

Dooish N.S, Ballybofey

Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistrí, Donegal Town

Gartan N.S, Churchill

Kerrykeel N.S, Kerrykeel

S.N. Árainn Mhór 2, Arranmore Island

S.N. Ná Dúchoraidh, Doochary

S.N. Taobhóige, An Clochán

Scoil an Aingil Choimheadai Keadue, Burtonport

Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Carrigans

Scoil Bhríde N.S, Convoy

Scoil Chrannóg Bhuí, Ardara

Scoil Mhuire Dristernan, Gleneely

St. Columba's College, Stranorlar

St. Columba's N.S Acres, Burtonport

St. Eunan's N.S, Laghey

St. Oran's N.S., Cockhill

St. Riaghan's N.S, Glenties



Errigal College , Letterkenny

Faugher N.S , Portnablagh

Glenmaquin N.S, Glenmaquin

Holy Trinity N.S, Dunfanaghy

Loreto Community School, Milford

Murroe National School, Murroe

Scoil Chartha Naofa, Kilcar

Scoil Eoin Baiste, Carrigart

Scoil Naomh Brid, Downings

St. Colmcille's N.S, Ballyare

St. Garvan's, Rathmullan

St. Mary's N.S, Malin Head



GC Litter and Waste                                                                                                                                       

 Gleneely N.S Crossroads, Killygordon

  Little Angels School, Letterkenny

  Scoil Cholmcille, Glengad

  Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin

  St. Columb's N.S, St Moville

  St. Finian's N.S, Falcarragh

  St. Safan's National School, Drumdoit


GC Energy                                                                                                                                                                           

  Rockfield N.S, Ballyshannon

  Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny

  Scoil Mhuire, Stranorlar,

  Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Letterkenny

  Scoil na Croise Naofa, Dunfanaghy 

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