A South Dublin park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag, which recognises high quality parks across Ireland.
Rathfarnham Castle Park is one of five South Dublin County Council parks to achieve this award, with the Green Flag being raised at the park for the first time on October 5.
Deputy Mayor Cllr David McManus had the honour of raising the flag on Monday morning, and said the award signals the hard work of the staff in Rathfarnham Castle Park.
Deputy Mayor Cllr David McManus said: “The raising of the green flag recognises and rewards the provision of high-quality parks and green spaces. It is a great achievement for SDCC Public Realm to have won such a prestigious award for Rathfarnham Castle.
“This award demonstrates the hard work of staff in the park in implementing the Council’s parks management plan. The park is a haven for residents in Rathfarnham especially in this time of Covid restrictions. Without our public parks and gardens our lives would have been much further reduced and confined.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the hard work put in by park staff, and community volunteers and residents’ groups.”
The Green Flag is awarded by An Taisce and rates the management of parks by local authorities across criteria including safety, cleanliness, conservation, sustainability, and community involvement.
Rathfarnham Castle Park is one of 84 public parks from across the country to achieve a Green Flag award in 2020. The Green Flag Award is a highly regarded international benchmark that recognises and rewards the provision of high-quality parks and green spaces.