‘Best ever’ award for BurrenLIFE

‘Best ever’ award for BurrenLIFE


Rainbow over the Burren – Photo: John Moylan

BurrenLIFE project has just received a special “Best-Ever” award from the European Commission, recognising it as the best ever LIFE project in the 25 year history of the programme. BurrenLIFE won their prize in the Nature and Biodiversity Category.

The awards are being presented in Green Week to exceptional LIFE projects from the programme’s 25-year history, at the Green Awards ceremony in Brussels.

A special edition of the annual LIFE awards, the Green Awards singled out projects that have had remarkable effects on the EU’s natural environment and in creating green jobs and boosting green growth over the past quarter century.

The European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said at the ceremony: “A quarter century is a long time, and over that time LIFE has funded more than 4 000 projects to the tune of over €3 billion.” He told attendees that the awards symbolise the Commission’s “appreciation for the efforts of thousands, the hard work and dedication of everyone who has contributed to the programme as a whole”.

Mr Vella said, LIFE is “living proof of the Commission’s commitment to a better tomorrow, and that’s why after 25 years it still has a bright future ahead of it”.

The packed ceremony was attended by people from across the EU, with representatives from local authorities, government agencies, educational institutions, students, private companies, NGOs and volunteers.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.