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Coláiste Oiriall raised the Green Flag for the first time last Wednesday at a ceremony at Plasóg na Leac. The MCs were Katie Ní Chléire and Danny Ó Treasaigh, two active members

of the Coiste Glas. The committee was founded three years ago under the stewardship of an Múinteoir Chloe Bhreathnach and they have achieved much since – a recycling system has been established in the school and there has been a dramatic decrease in the amount of waste, according to surveys undertaken by the Coiste Glas. Visible recycling stations are dotted around the school.

Mar chuid den fheachtas, d’éirigh le Rang Phroinsias, atá san Idirbhliain anois, duais a bhuachaint sa chomórtas náisiúnta “One Good Idea” lena dtionscadal “Cuma Mhaith Orm, Cuma Mhaith Ort”. D’eagraigh siad malartú éadaí, agus bhuaigh siad duais airgid, an infheistíodh san athchúrsáil ar scoil.

I mí Feabhra anuraidh, chuaigh an Coiste Glas uilig go dtí an chéad Green Schools Expo, áit ar thaispeáin daltaí Oiriall a gcuid oibre do scoileanna eile agus don phobail. Ba mhuidne ceann de dhá scoil dhéag a fuair cuireadh taispeántais a behith againn ar an lá. Tháinig an tUachtarán, Micheal D Higgins, go dtí an Expo, áit ar bhuail na daltaí leis. Labhair sé leis na daltaí, agus mhol sé a gcuid iarrachtaí.

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Two committee members, Eimear Nic Con Midhe and Katie Ní Chléire, were interviewed for the TG programme, ‘Dúiche’ last Easter about the school’s recycling campaign. Finally the school was awarded with a Green Flag at a ceremony in the Helix, DCU, attended by three students.

Katie and Danny thanked students and staff alike for their enthusiasm in supporting this Green project and appealed to the students to take care of the environment and ensuring at a local level that the school is kept clean and tidy. They mentioned Múinteoir Cathal Mac Tiarnáin for his help and singled out Múinteoir Chloe Bhreathnach who inspired and guided them throughout.

“Is siombal é an brat glas den dul chun cinn atá déanta ag an scoil le cúpla bliain anuas. Amharcaimís chun tosaigh agus cuimhnigí – coiméad glan é, coiméad glas é”, Katie Ní Chléire concluded.

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