Environment News

May 2013



33 Roscommon Schools in the mix!

This summer  will see the number of Irish schools flying the internationally recognised Green Flag exceed 2,500 as over 1,050 schools attend Green-Schools Award ceremonies across the country.

218 schools will be awarded their first Green Flag in recognition of their hard work on the Litter and Waste theme while 874 schools will be successfully renewing their Green Flag under the themes of Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship and Climate Change.

The Green-Schools programme continues to grow at a remarkable rate with over 3,700 schools now registered with the programme, representing over 90 per cent of all schools in Ireland.

Schools from across Co. Roscommon attended a ceremony in the Radisson Hotel, Athlone today, Thursday May 23rd 2013 at 11am.  Five schools were awarded their first Green Flag while 28 schools renewed their Green Flag.

The programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, National Transport Authority, NPWS and Trócaire.  The programme is sponsored by Repak and the Wrigley Company Limited.

Congratulating schools at the awards ceremony, Green-Schools Manager, Anthony Purcell commented that, “it is a great achievement that so many primary and secondary schools continue to implement the Green-Schools programme successfully and as a result students across Ireland are having a very positive impact on the environment both nationally and locally”

Repak is the lead sponsor of Green-Schools in Ireland and Dr Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak commented: Repak has been the lead sponsors of the An Taisce Green-Schools programme for the last six years in Ireland. In that time there has been a major attitudinal change to packaging recycling which is in no small part due to Repak’s involvement in the Green-Schools initiative. Ireland’s Green Schools divert 60 tonnes of waste from landfill every school day. Over the period of their sponsorship Repak has seen the numbers of schools participating in the programme grow from 1,809 to 3,746 and the number of new flags awarded increase by 1,681. Repak is delighted with the success and legacy this program creates for long term environmental change.”

Adding her congratulations to the schools Marion Parker, A/Environment Awareness Officer with Roscommon County Council said: “The Green-Schools programme in Roscommon goes from strength to strength with 85 schools now flying the Green Flag around the county. Roscommon County Council are extremely proud of all the schools in Roscommon who were awarded the prestigious Green Flag today; pupils and teachers in all the schools worked extremely hard to achieve their Flags and deserve this award. I would like to congratulate and thank all of the pupils who worked together and made this environmental programme part of everyday life at school and at home and who are responsible for bringing this great award to their local school.”



Litter & Waste

Lissaniskey NS

Clooncagh NS

Scrabbagh NS

Ballinameen NS

Trien NS

Energy Flags

Ballagh NS

Rooskey NS

St. Ciarans, Rooty

Kilronan NS

St. Patricks Boys NS, Strokestown

Tibohine NS

Newtown NS

Ballyforan NS

Water Flags

Tisara NS

Kingsland NS

St. Mary’s NS, Strokestown

Lisacul NS

Scoil Naingeal Naofa, Boyle

Travel Flag

Cootehall NS                                                                                    

St. Annes NS, Castlerea

Drumboylan NS

Abbey Boy’s NS, Roscommon town

Runnamoat NS

Mount Talbot NS

Attyrory NS

Ballintleva NS

Biodiversity Flag

Roxboro NS

St. Josephs Boys NS, Boyle

Rahara NS

Ballintubber NS

Gael Scoil deHide

Roscommon Community College

Wood Brook NS



Roscommon County Council organised a Biodiversity Poster competition with national schools in the County in conjunction with

 ‘Bio Blitz’ which was held in Lough Key Forest Park at the end of May.  Prizes were awarded to the winners in Lough Key as part of the launch of Bio Blitz.

Rahara NS, Junior - 1st Prize.pdf (size 1.1 MB)

Ballinagare NS, Junior - 2nd Prize.pdf (size 756.9 KB)

Ballybay Central NS, Junior - 3rd Prize.pdf (size 621.1 KB)

Clonown NS, Senior - 1st Prize.pdf (size 987.5 KB)

St. Josephs BNS Boyle, Senior - 2nd Prize.pdf (size 729.2 KB)

The Don NS, Senior - 3rd Prize.pdf (size 858.5 KB)



The Awards Ceremony for the presentation of prizes in the 2012 Anti Litter Cinema Advertisement  was held in the Arts Centre in March 2013.

Over 100 students, and teachers were present along with the Mayor of Roscommon, Mr. Tom Crosby, Mr. John O’Rourke, Senior Executive Engineer, Sarah Scott, Senior Staff Officer, and Marion Parker, A/Environment Awareness Officer, Roscommon County Council.

This project is promoted by Roscommon County Council as an anti litter initiative for secondary school students. 

M. Parker stated all the advertisements have been written, produced and acted by students themselves.  The advertisements  are imaginative and humorous  and really deal with the topic of litter which is still a major environmental problem today.   DVD’s will be sent to all national schools in the county and also made available to Tidy Towns Groups, and the winning advertisement will be shown in the local cinema.

M. Parker thanked all the students involved and also the teachers for giving their support and time to this project.  She also thanked Frances Raymond and Kevin Smith from the New Media Institute.

Participating schools were:

  • Roscommon County College, Roscommon town
  • CBS Roscommon town
  • Convent of Mercy, Roscommon Town
  • Castlerea Community College
  • Elphin Community College
  • Strokestown Secondary School
  • Youthreach, Ballaghaderreen

The overall prize in the competition went to:

Elphin Community College

2nd Prize – Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown and

3rd Prize – Roscommon Community College

  1st Price

                            Overall Winners – Elphin Community College

   2nd Price

                     2nd Prize Winners – Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown

  3rd Price

                 3rd Prize Winners – Roscommon Community College

              April 2013 – NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN LAUNCH

    Spring Clean

National Spring Clean launch in Castlecoote with the Mayor and  Sarah  McGovern from An Taisce. Picture of Castlecoote Junior

Tidy Towns Committee.

    Litter Sign

                     Anti Litter Sign in Hyde Park, Roscommon.




A Cigarette Litter Campaign was launched by the Mayor in May 2013 along with Larry Brennan, Roscommon Vintners Association.

The campaign focused on public houses and bookmakers and anti litter stencils were power washed onto footpaths near these premises throughout the County.  Posters and beer mats with anti litter message  were also distributed to public houses and book makers.

Butt to the BinLitter 

  Litter Campaign

 Mr. Larry Brennan, Mayor Tom Crosby and staff from Roscommon

 County Council at Cigarette Litter Campaign launch.

November 2012 -  Roscommon County Council Anti Litter Initiatives in Ballaghaderreen

You may have seen unusual paving stones in the footpaths in Ballaghaderreen town recently.  Marion Parker, A/EAO stated that  these paving stones  are part of Roscommon County Council ongoing anti litter awareness campaign.   5 engraved limestone paving stones have been put in place in the footpaths in  Ballaghaderreen town, each carrying a different Anti Litter message, such as ‘Love Ballaghaderreen-Keep it Litter Free’; ‘Bin Your Gum’,  and ‘Bin Your Litter-It’s Easy’. 

You will see these anti litter messages outside Newsround, the Post Office, Durkins, near St. Nathys College,  and the Library.  The idea is that these are permanent reminders to the public not to litter and to use the litter bins, and to take pride in their town and keep it Litter free.  The stones are high quality limestone and are a very attractively placed in the footpaths.  This is a novel idea and is the first time  such an initiative has been used in Roscommon and it is hoped to do something similar is other towns in the future.

Ballaghaderreen Tidy Towns are delighted with this initiative and with having these unique anti litter messages throughout the town.


Keep It Litter Free


iRadio's and Roscommon County Council’s “Where have you Bin?”  Anti Litter Campaign Put Litter in……….Get Cash Out

Regional radio group iRadio, along with the Environmental Departments of 12 Local Authorities has launched a major anti-litter promotion which will run throughout the month of November and finish in early December.

This is a groundbreaking campaign as it is the first time that twelve localauthorities have come together for an initiative of this kind.

Roscommon County Council, Galway County, Galway City, Mayo, Longford, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Meath, Westmeath and Louth Councils all join iRadio for the“Where have you Bin?” campaign which aims to encourage listeners to use bins and reduce litter in the region.

Random bins across these counties will be watched by the undercover iRadio iTeam, who will identify lucky bin users and reward them with €100 in cash.  The campaign was launched at iRadio’s  offices in Athlone on the 7th November.

Marion Parker  of Roscommon County Council said: “The Where have you Bin” campaign is the first campaign of its kind anywhere in the country and I’m delighted to be involved. iRadio is one of the most popular radio stations in the country amongst young adults and the local authorities in the region have been looking for a way to engage with people on the issue of litter for a while now and the partnership with iRadio is the perfect way of doing this.

 This campaign is a  unique and novel way of encouraging people to put their litter into the bin. It’s an added bonus that the lucky ones who get spotted by the I Radio team doing the right thing will also get €100.

Putting your litter into a bin is easy and I’m hoping that as a result of the “Where have you bin” campaign more and more people will form this good habit and help keep the streets of our counties litter free. “


SEPTEMBER 2012 – Roscommon County Council – Dog Fouling Campaign

Roscommon County Council launched an awareness campaign on Dog Fouling with Tidy Towns Groups in the County recently.  Monksland Tidy towns, Roscommon Tidy Towns, Boyle Tidy Towns, Castlerea Tidy Towns and Ballaghaderreen Tidy Towns were all involved in the campaign.    Marion Parker, A/Environmental Awareness Officer, Roscommon County Council, stated that this anti dog fouling campaign aims to encourage dog owners to bring a bag with them every time they walk their dog so that if the dog fouls in a public place they can use the bag to collect the waste and dispose of it in a sanitary manger, either in a bin or bring it home.

She also outlined that Dog Fouling is a major issue for many towns, villages and public spaces in County Roscommon.  It is the most offensive type of litter and is consistently raised as a public concern.  This current campaign is taking a multi faceted approach    to communicate its message to dog owners, including bin stickers, posters and clean advertising.

Clean Advertising involves stencils with an Anti Dog Fouling message which is sprayed or power washed onto the footpath leaving behind the ‘cleaned’ artwork.  This kind of advertising is environmentally green and lasts for a few weeks.  The advantage of this type of advertising is that the message is delivered close to the dog fouling activity thereby highlighting the activity and reminding dog owners of their responsibilities.  It can also be easily carried out where new problem areas arise. 

Bin Stickers are also being placed on litter bins to remind dog owners to use a bag to clean up and   to dispose of the waste in the bin.  Posters are also being placed in public buildings and shops.  A limited number of pooper scoopers are also available in Libraries and public buildings in the County.

Campaign Launch in Roscommon town


Tidy Town


March 2010

Historical News

Waste Disposal Leaflets Published in Four Languages.

Roscommon County Council's Environment Section has recently published "Information Leaflets" in four different languages setting out details on how to dispose of Household Waste. The leaflet gives details of Civic Amenity Sites and Bring Banks in the County and their opening hours, also details of Waste Collectors.

The leaflets are printed in Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian. Copies are available in the following locations:

  • Roscommon County Library
  • Boyle Library
  • Castlerea Library
  • Ballaghaderreen Library
  • Strokestown Library
  • Elphin Library
  • Citizen Advise Offices in Roscommon Town, Castlerea Town, Boyle Town and Ballaghaderreen town.

Copies are also available from the Environment Section, Roscommon West Business Park, Roscommon town.

March 2010

Roscommon County Council is announced as Finalist in The Green Awards

Green Award Finalist

Roscommon County Council was a finalist in the Green County Council Award category which recognises county councils who have provided a comprehensive array of sustainable services and who have actively encouraged businesses and consumers to become greener in outlook and practice. The awards ceremony took place on the 11th March at the RDS and unfortunately Roscommon County Council did not take home the prize on the night which went to Wicklow County Council.

Special guest of honour, John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government said that the The Green Awards, now in their second year, were "well on their way to becoming the premier event in the environmental calendar" and that "the green economy provides one of the most significant opportunities for job creation and growth for Ireland over the coming decades". Duncan Stewart, who judged the awards, said that this year's entries were of "an extraordinary high standard and showed how seriously business, community groups, individuals and government departments were taking the issue of climate change."

Roscommon County Council-Gum Rap Competition Revealed

Abbey Community College, Boyle

Abbey Community College, Boyle

Prize winners in Roscommon County Council's Gum Rap competition were announced at a prize giving ceremony in the Arts Centre, Roscommon, on Tuesday 26th January.

Secondary school students in the County were asked to design a Gum Rap cover and the winning designs will be printed on gum raps and distributed to schools, youth clubs, and public offices.

This is one of the many anti-litter initiatives promoted by Roscommon County Council in its ongoing environmental education programme.

The winning students came from Abbey Community College with Mark Phelan, Abbey Community College, Boyle, receiving first prize for his design and Michael Grehan and Aine Horan receiving runner up prizes.

Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Awareness Officer, thanked all students who participated in this competition and congratulated the winning students. She outlined that gum litter is one of the most common types of litter that destroys our footpaths and is very difficult and expensive to remove. This aim of the Gum Rap competition is to encourage everybody to dispose of their gum litter properly. As part of Roscommon County Council's campaign against gum litter two promotional campaigns were held last year in Boyle and Roscommon town and three specific Gum Litter bins were put in place, again in Boyle and Roscommon town.