131 Cork schools fly new Green Flags – €8 million in savings made by schools in Ireland

Michael O 'Keeffe and Katie O'Toole of Analeentha National School, Mourneabbey, Analeentha, Co. Cork are pictured with Geraldine O'Keeffe Irish Water from Green-Schools at the presentation of Green Flags by An Taisce Green-Schools today at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island. Pic: Clare Keogh

ONE hundred and thirty one schools from Cork county and city will receive a Green Flag from An Taisce Green-Schools at ceremonies today, Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12 at the Radisson Hotel, Little Island. Now in its 20th year in Ireland, the Green-Schools programme will award 994 schools across Ireland this month during 18 ceremonies in eight locations.

Nineteen schools from Cork will be receiving the Green Flag award for the first time today. Their work on the Litter & Waste theme of the programme has diverted 2,100 tonnes of waste from landfill and saved schools thousands of euro in waste charges. 112 Cork schools have successfully renewed their Green Flag under the themes of Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship.

Cork success

The 2016/2017 academic year was a successful one for school from Cork. Last week Midleton CBS were named Ireland’s Water School of the Year and on Wednesday, May 10, Scoil Ghobnatan from Mallow were crowned Ireland’s Travel School of the Year 

Thanks to their work on the programme schools have also saved 6.8 million units of electricity and conserved enough water to keep the whole county of Longford going for one year! The financial savings made by schools through their environmental work are estimated to be in excess of €8 million.

Global aspect 

The Green-Schools programme continues to grow at an impressive rate with over 3,700 schools now registered with the programme, representing over 94 per cent of all schools in Ireland. The programme is celebrating its 23rd anniversary internationally with students from 64 countries – 40,000 schools worldwide – now taking part in the programme. ENDS

List of schools:

Schools receiving initial Green Flag award (19):

Ballydesmond National School

Bishop McEgan College     

Bishop O’Brien N.S 

Boherbue N.S.        

Caheragh National School          

Carrigaline ETNS    

Cloughduv National School

Colaiste an Chraoibhin               

Dreeny N.S  

Dungourney National School                          

Gaelscoil Choráin             

Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers      

Kilcredan N.S         

Lisavaird National School  

Oven N.S                        

Scoil Bhríde           

Scoil Padre Pio       

Scoil Phádraig Naofa        

Togher N.S.


Schools renewing Green Flag award and the theme under which they are renewing their award:


Ballintemple N.S

Ballycroneen N.S

Ballyheada N.S

Bishop Murphy Memorial School

Burnfort National School

Cahermore N.S

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai

Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil

Midleton College

Newmarket Girl’s School

Rochestown Educate Together N.S

Rusheen N.S

Scoil Aislinn

Scoil Fhiachna Naofa

Scoil Fhursa

Scoil Lachtaín Naofa

Scoil Náisiunta Rae na Scríne

South Abbey N.S

St. Enda’s N.S

St. Joseph’s Primary School

St. Patricks B.N.S

St. Vincent’s Convent Primary School

Templebreedy N.S

The Model School

Whitegate Mixed National School



Analeentha N.S

Ballygiblin National School

Bishop Ahern N.S

Carraignafoy Community College

Convent of Mercy Primary School

Derinagree N.S

Dromleigh National School

Firmount N.S

Gaelscoil Thomais Daibhis

Glenahulla N.S

Kilbrittain N.S

Kilcolman N.S

Meelin N.S

Midleton C.B.S Secondary

Our Lady of Lourdes N.S

Rathduff N.S

Rathmore N.S

Rusnacahara N.S

Rylane N.S

Scoil Aiséiri Chriost

Scoil Mhuire

Scoil Mhuire

Scoil Mhuire na nGrást

Scoil Oilibheir

St. Anthony’s B.N.S

St. Brendan’s N.S

St. Colman’s B.N.S

St. Finbarre’s N.S.

St. Patrick’s G.N.S

Sunday’s Well G.N.S



Ballyhea N.S

Bandonbridge N.S

Carrigaline GNS

Christ King G.S.S

Donoughmore Family Resource Centre

Dromina National School

Gaelscoil Uí Riada

Glanworth National School

Kildorrery N.S

Scoil Aonghusa CNS Mallow

Scoil Bhailenora

Scoil Chroí Íosa

Scoil Chros tSeáin

Scoil Iosagain

Scoil Mhíchíl Naofa

Scoil Naisiunta Chuil-Aodha

St. Colmans B.N.S

St. Columba’s B.N.S

St. Lachteen’s N.S

Summercove National School


Barryroe National School

Bright Sparks

Bunscoil na Toirbhirte

Carrigboy N.S

Castlelyons N.S

Clogheen Kerrypike N.S

Cloghroe N.S

Clonpriest National School

Coachford N.S

Coláiste Muire

Cullen N.S

Dromore N.S

Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa

Gaelscoil Bheanntraí

Gaelscoil Sheáin Uí Eigeartaigh

Mitchelstown CBS Primary School

Mount Mercy College

Rahan National School

S.N. Bhride

Scartleigh N.S

Scoil Abán Naofa

Scoil an Chroí Ró Naofa

Scoil Chill Ruadhain

Scoil Iosagain Atha Fhada

Scoil Nioclais

St. Aloysius College

St. Mary’s Infant and Senior Girls School


Global Citizenship Litter & Waste and Global Citizenship Energy:

Kilcrohane National School

Presentation Primary School

Scoil Bhride

St. Joseph’s Infant School

Urhan N.S

Walterstown N.S

Watergrasshill National School

Baltydaniel N.S

St. Joseph’s Adult Education Centre

St. Patrick’s B.N.S


About Green-Schools:

Green-Schools (known internationally as Eco-Schools), is an international environmental management education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole-school action for the environment, and is operating in 64 countries around the world including; almost all EU member states, Africa, South America, North America, Canada, Oceania and Asia.  Green-Schools is an initiative of FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education).

The programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government; Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment;  Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, National Transport Authority, NPWS, Irish Water, and the Wrigley Company Limited.


An Taisce’s Green-Schools Programme reached a record level during the last school year with 94% of schools in Ireland, equivalent to 896,442 students and teachers, participating in the programme.


Participating primary, secondary and special schools directly saved in excess of €8m in waste, energy, water and transport fuel costs during the last school year.

To date over 80% of schools registered with Green-Schools been awarded the internationally recognised Green Flag by An Taisce and 19% are in the process of achieving their first Green Flag, which typically takes around two years.


The Green-Schools programme is based on a seven-step environmental management system and continual improvement process which is very student led and also involves the wider community. Green-Schools is a themed programme with schools initially working on the themes of Litter and Waste and then moving onto themes such as Energy, Water, School Travel, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. Schools that successfully implemented the programme are awarded the Green Flag. The award must be renewed every two years.