Rush gets recognition at Ocean Hero Awards for dune protection and beach work

by Rose Barrett
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Great excitement for Rush Clean Coasts volunteer group who scooped a Tourism Special Recognition award at the Ocean Hero Awards in the Special Awards category recently. 

Part of the Rush Tidy Towns group, the award was supported by Fáilte Ireland which honours groups who enhanced the visitor experience by fostering environmental stewardship and conservation practices. 

Committee members Annette and Sarah went along to pick up the award on behalf of the group. Rush Tidy Towns were shortlisted in both the Group of the year and Special Achievement categories. This group was nominated for their dune protection work, consistency in beach clean ups and to recognise their appointment as one of the national Sustainable Development Goals champions for 2023/2024.

Moreover, the group did amazing work to promote sustainable initiatives: for example, they joined the St. Patrick’s Day parade with costumes made from plastic found on beach cleans that had as a theme activities you can do on their Blue Flag beach. It was Tomhaggard Clean Coasts Group who scooped the overall prize for the group award.

“We were also presented with a certificate for being nominated by Clean Coasts for Group of the year,” said Brendan O’Reilly, Rush Tidy Towns Chairperson  and Rush Clean Coasts Co-ordinator. He added “This is testament to the hard work done by our volunteers and local groups who got out, day in and day out to clean and protect our gorgeous beaches. A well-deserved award!”

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