GREEN FLAG: Pupils from Gneeveguilla National School received their Green Schools Water Flag from Liz O’Donnell (Administrative Officer Kerry County Council) and Dr Michael John O’Mahony (Director Environmental Education, An Taisce). Photo: Marie Sheehan

Pupils from Gneeveguilla National School were honoured for their efforts in promoting water conservation and awareness at the An Taisce Green-Schools regional awards in Little Island, Cork.

The school was amongst the 119 schools nationwide to receive a Green Flag under the ‘Water’ theme, which looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in schools and at home, and is sponsored by Irish Water.

“We are very proud of what the school has achieved,” said Gneeveguilla National School Green Schools coordinator Denise O’Connor. “This is down to the hard work of the kids and teachers over the last two years. We reduced the amount of water we are using but kept up the amount of general recycling at the same time.”

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.