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22/05/19 2019 Green Schools Awards

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Pupils from St. Riagans N.S, Drimnacrosh, Glenties, perform at the 2019 Green Schools Awards.


Schools from all over Donegal descended on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny for the annual Donegal Green Schools Awards earlier this month.

A large gathering of pupils and teachers were welcomed by Green Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, in what was a great day of celebration. Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny, in particular, were there to be awarded with their 10th Green Flag which is fantastic achievement marking over 20 years in the Green Schools programme.


The Green Schools programme in Ireland is in its 22nd year with 94% of schools participating. Ireland has the highest percentage of awarded flags out of all the participating countries in the world and is seen as an example of best practise by lots of the other countries.


In Donegal there are 195 schools registered with the programme with 164 Green Flags proudly flying. Donegal schools were some of the first schools to get involved in the Green Schools programme when it started 22 years ago, and it is still going strong. Donegal County Council play a very important role in the implementation of the programme within the County.


Speaking at the ceremony, Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council said, "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".


Green-Schools (known internationally as Eco-Schools) is an environmental education programme and awards scheme developed by FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education) and co-ordinated in Ireland by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce- The National Trust for Ireland.


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Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council addressing the large crowd at the 2019 Green School Awards.


Schools receiving their Green Flag were recognised under the following themes -



Crana College - Crana Road – Buncrana

Drumfad N.S - Kerrykeel - Letterkenny

Moyle N.S. – Newtowncunningham

S.N Glasáin – Creeslough – Letterkenny

Scoil Cholmcille Drumaweir – Greencastle

Scoil Naomh Duigh – Anagaire - Leitir Ceanainn – Letterkenny



Scoil Cholmcille Naofa - Tory Island – Derrybeg

Scoil Naomh Padraig – Drumfries – Clonmany

St Davaddog's N.S – Tamney – Fanad

St. Conal's N.S – Narin / Portnoo



Donagh N.S – Churchtown – Carndonagh

Gartan N.S – Churchill – Letterkenny

Kerrykeel N.S – Kerrykeel – Letterkenny

S.N. Taobhóige - An Clochán – Leifear

Scoil an Aingil Choimheadai – Keadue – Burtonport – Letterkenny

Scoil an Linbh Iosa – Coxtown – Carrigans – Lifford

Scoil Bhríde – Townparks – Convoy – Lifford

Scoil Chrannóg Bhuí - Crannóg Bhuí - Loughros Point – Ardara

Scoil Colmcille    Kilmacrennan – Letterkenny

Scoil Mhuire – Dristernan – Gleneely – Inishowen

St. Eunan's N.S – Laghey

St. Riaghan's N.S – Drimnacrosh – Kilraine – Glenties


Global Citizenship Litter and Waste       

Errigal College – Windyhall – Letterkenny

Faugher N.S – Faugher – Portnablagh – Dunfanaghy

Holy Trinity N.S - Horn Head Road – Dunfanaghy

Murroe N.S – Murroe – Dunfanaghy

Scoil an Linbh Iosa – Killymard - Donegal Town

Scoil Chartha Naofa – Keenaghan – Kilcar

Scoil Naomh Brid – Downings

St. Colmcille's N.S – Drumman – Ballyare – Ramelton

St. Mary's N.S – Ballygorman – Carnmalin - Malin Head

St. Patrick's N.S– Lurgybrack – Letterkenny


Global Citizenship Energy           

Gleneely N.S – Crossroads – Killygordon – Lifford

Little Angels School – Knocknamona – Letterkenny

Scoil Cholmcille Ballymena – Glengad – Malin

St. Columb's N.S - Main St – Moville

St. Finian's N.S – Carrowcannon – Falcarragh


Global Citizenship Marine          

Fintra N.S – Fintra – Killybegs

Scoil Cholmcille Convent Road – Letterkenny

Scoil Mhuire - Main St – Stranorlar

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal - Sentry Hill – Letterkenny

Scoil na Croise Naofa – Figart – Dunfanaghy

St. Baithin's National School - St. Johnston – Lifford


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