One of Ireland’s most popular environment advocates, Éanna Ní Lamhna will be in Ennis this Thursday to address a special Green Fleadh Business Seminar.
Ms. Ní Lamhna one of the best-known public figures in Ireland in the area of nature and the environment.
The well-known educator and environmental consultant said she is “delighted” there is recognition in Ennis that an event like Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which will attract 400,000 visitors to the town, can have a “considerable impact” on the environment.
“The local business communities, together with the Local Authorities are to be warmly congratulated for taking steps to ensure that it will be a Green Fleadh. This means that they are putting measures in place to ensure that waste is segregated and recycled, and that energy and water use are minimised, thus reducing the carbon footprint and ensuring that the environment is protected. So well done all round,” the Louth native said.
One of the initiatives developed by the Green Fleadh Team is the Green Fleadh Business Programme. This initiative is a partnership approach with the Environment Section of Clare County Council working in conjunction with the local business community, Green Business programme, Clean Technology Centre, Limerick Clare Energy Agency, Southern Region Waste Management Office and the EPA Local Authority Prevention Network.
All businesses serving the Fleadh including the hospitality, the retail and transportation sector are invited to attend the Green Fleadh Business Seminar on Thursday next at the Temple Gate Hotel from 3-5 pm to learn about this programme. They will also be invited to sign up to the Green Fleadh Business Programme.
Speakers at Thursday’s seminar include Ní Lamhna, James Hogan form the Green Business Programme who will provide advice on how to take off hundreds if not thousands of euro off their annual energy, waste and water utility costs. Pauline McDonagh, Southern Region Waste Management Office will give advice on waste management and waste prevention at the Fleadh, while Food Business Mentor Carmel Connaire will explain about the Compostable Product Range. Other speakers include Pat Stephens of the Limerick Clare Energy Agency and Geraldine Gregan of O’Connors Bakery who will share the Clare company’s green business experience. .
Welcoming the Green Fleadh Business Seminar, Comhaltas committee Chairman, Mícheál Ó Riabhaigh said that Ennis has an “enviable reputation in the National Tidy Towns Competition and Comhaltas is committed to caring for the environment at Fleadhanna Cheoil which are now attracting increasing numbers of visitors.”
He continued, “The Business Seminar is another example of the developing partnership between the Ennis Business Community and the Fleadh Committee. I’m sure that Éanna Ni Lamhna and the other guest speakers will offer interesting and innovative insights and encourage all of us to make the Green Fleadh concept a fantastic success.”
Businesses that sign up the Green Fleadh Business Programme will be encouraged to have good waste segregation and recycling, prevent and reduce waste, reduce water consumption, improve energy efficiency, ensure public areas outside the business premises is kept litter free, and promote good environmental practice.
Business owners unable to attend the seminar can sign up to the Green Business Programme on the Fleadh website.