Ireland's Travel School of the Year 2013: Winners announced!

(23 Apr 2013)

Minister of State, Alan Kelly T.D. celebrates with students at the

Green-Schools Travel Awards Ceremony

Belgrove Senior Boys School named Ireland’s Travel School of the Year

GreenSch 4144 Thumbnail0An Taisce, in partnership with the Department of Transport and the National Transport Authority, were delighted to host this year’s Green-Schools Travel Competition Awards Ceremony in Croke Park, Dublin today, Tuesday 23rd April at 11am, to award the winning schools in its national travel competition which saw Belgrove Senior Boys School (pictured, on left) awarded the title of Ireland’s Travel School of the Year for 2013.

At a special awards ceremony Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport, presented prizes, trophies and certificates of achievement to the winning students in the An Taisce Green-Schools Travel competition. (Full list of winners below)

There was an overwhelming response to the competition this year, which called for schools to explain why they deserved the title of Ireland’s Travel School of the Year 2013, a claim they were asked to back up with statistics showing their school’s shift from non-sustainable to sustainable modes of transport.

There were seven category winners and seven runners-up in this year’s competition with awards presented to schools for their outstanding work promoting particular modes of transport including: walking, cycling, park ‘n’ stride, carpooling and a combination of modes.

Congratulating the winners and runners-up in each category Minister Kelly said:

“Seeing the innovative ways these students have taken up the challenge of making their commute to and from school active and sustainable is very encouraging. The schools have shown that, regardless of whether your school is located in an urban or rural environment, sustainable transport is an option.”

Mr. Anthony Purcell, Acting Green-Schools Travel Manager commented:

“These schools have demonstrated how to create a real shift from private car based school travel to more sustainable modes by applying the Green-Schools methodology and today’s winners represent all schools implementing the programme throughout Ireland.”

The competition forms part of the overall Green-Schools Travel programme which recorded an average 28 per cent reduction in car journeys to school between 2011 and 2012.

Overall winner, Belgrove Senior Boys impressed the judges with their creative mix of projects, events and actions that has led to 88 per cent of their pupils travelling to the school in a sustainable way.

Scoil Chlochair Mhuire, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork was awarded the title of ‘Walking School of the Year’, while St Colmcille’s Senior National School in Knocklyon won ‘Cycling School of the the Year’ for an excellent safe cycling programme which has led to 30 per cent of pupils now cycling to school. ENDS

Award winners:

Ireland’s Travel School of the Year: Belgrove Senior Boys School, Clontarf

School

Location

Category

Position

St. Mary’s Junior NS

Blessington

Junior Travel School of the Year

WINNER

St. Sylvester’s Infant School

Malahide

Junior Travel School of the Year

RUNNER-UP

Belgrove Senior Boys School

Clontarf

Combination

WINNER

Presentation Girls School

Maynooth

Combination

RUNNER-UP

Scoil Chlochair Mhuire

Carrigtohill

Walking

WINNER

St. Declan’s National School

Ashbourne

Walking

RUNNER-UP

 

St. Colmcille’s Senior National School

Knocklyon

Cycling

WINNER

Aglish National School

Cappoquin, Co. Waterford

Cycling

RUNNER-UP

Geesala National School

Ballina

Park ‘n’ Stride

WINNER

Monkstown Educate Together National School

Dun Laoghaire

Park ‘n’ Stride

RUNNER-UP

St. Mary’s National School

Waterford City

Car Pool

WINNER

Ballintleva National School

Athlone

Car Pool

RUNNER-UP

St. Aidan’s CBS

Whitehall

Secondary Travel School of the Year

WINNER

Jesus & Mary Secondary School

Enniscrone

Secondary Travel School of the Year

RUNNER-UP



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