Clare schools honoured for dedication to water conservation

Clare schools honoured for dedication to water conservation

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Clare students were honoured for their efforts in promoting water conservation and awareness at an award ceremony this week.

Coore National School was awarded a Green Flag for the water theme and Joanne Daly from St Michael’s Community College in Kilmihil was named as winner of the Irish Water poster competition for the Western region (Secondary School category) at the An Taisce Green-Schools regional awards.

The Water theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and at home and is sponsored by Irish Water.

Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water, said: “Helping the next generation to understand the importance of conserving water is a key part of our role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supply, so we are delighted to be partnering with An Taisce’s Green-Schools Water Theme for the sixth year running.

“We were very impressed by the creative and innovative ways that all of the schools came up with to save water and promote awareness both in their classrooms and in their communities.”

Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, spoke at the award ceremony: “It’s fantastic to be in a position to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the students, teachers, principals, parents and caretakers who have committed so much of their time to conserving water and to see the fruits of our workshops and events throughout the year.”

This is the sixth year of the partnership between Irish Water and Green-Schools to promote water conservation. Over 1,000 schools across the country have attended interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events since 2013.

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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.

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