South Dublin County Council Receives Prestigious Award

South Dublin County Council picked up a coveted Green Flag Award for Corkagh Park at a ceremony in Malahide Castle last week.

The council was recognised for its work in managing and maintaining the local Clondalkin park by An Taisce which administers the award in Ireland.

The Green Flag is an International Award which rewards the provision of good quality parks and green spaces across more than 50 countries worldwide.

An Taisce rates the management of parks by local authorities across six criteria including safety, cleanliness, conservation, community involvement and sustainability before presenting the award.

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Paul Gogarty, welcomed the news and paid tribute to the hard work of council staff working in the area.

He said: “I am delighted that Corkagh Park has deservedly been awarded a Green Flag. This award celebrates and reflects the commitment and skill of our staff who work hard to make sure that our parks are a pleasure to visit all year round.”

Parks are judged against acknowledged international best practice and standards on a number of criteria including cleanliness, horticultural standards, community involvement, sustainability and providing a warm welcome – Corkagh Park is one of 36 Irish public parks to achieve a Green Flag award in 2017.

Dave O’Reilly (General Operative Corkagh Park), David Fennell (Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, SDCC), Dr Michael John O’Mahony (An Taisce Environmental Education Unit) Cllr Ed O’Brien, Michael O’Reilly (General Operative Corkagh Park) Caimin Keenan (Assistant Foreman of Works Corkagh Park) with the Green Flag Award.