Clonakilty among the “Top 100 Sustainable Destination in the World”

Some of the community reps at Emmet Square last Saturday toasting Clonakilty’s inclusion in the “Top 100 Sustainable Destination in the World”. From left: Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, Sustainable Clonakilty; Aoife White, Java Republic Coffee Company; David Daly, Tidy Towns; Cllr. Paul Hayes, MCC, Director of Sustainable Clonakilty presenting the award to Mayor John Loughnan who accepted it on behalf of the community of Clonakilty; Tom and Dan O’ Donovan, Clon Bike Scheme; Cath Russell, An Taisce Green Schools Co-ordinator and Tom O’ Donovan, Senior of Clon Bike Scheme. (Photo: George Maguire).

A gathering of community and business representatives at Emmet Square last Saturday saw local Cllr. Paul Hayes, (in his capacity as a Director of Sustainable Clonakilty), presenting the award recognising Clonakilty as one of the “Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World” to community Mayor John Loughnan.

Cllr. Hayes attended the Global Green Destinations Awards ceremony in Lisbon recently at which Clonakilty was among 100 “Sustainable Destinations” worldwide to be recognised. 

Cllr. Hayes acknowledged his colleagues in Sustainable Clonakilty, in particular, fellow-director Michael O’Neill Junior who had submitted the lengthy application. He also said how impressed delegates from many other countries were of the progress of Clonakilty in the area of sustainability and doing our bit locally to combat climate change. 

Initiatives such as the Community Bike Scheme; Tidy Towns; GIY; Community Garden; Fairtrade; Green Schools and projects undertaken and encouraged by the County Council and other local groups such as the Chamber of Commerce all impressed. 

On the business side of things he welcomed the recent announcement that local Java Republic Coffee Company, which supplies most of Munster, have decided to change all their take-away cups to compostable and biodegradable ones made in Co. Clare, replacing the imported environmentally unfriendly ones used up to now. Delegates attending the Lisbon awards will be meeting in Edinburgh next year and many plan to visit Clonakilty to see the projects on the ground.

Mayor John Loughnan in accepting the award on behalf of the community complimented Sustainable Clonakilty and all the other groups who are doing great things locally to raise awareness of our responsibilities in regards climate change, and leading the community with various projects and initiatives.

Afterwards, people enjoyed Java Republic Fairtrade tea and coffee from the new biodegradable cups!

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