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Killarney students join worldwide  climate change rally

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Killarney students join worldwide  climate change rally

By Sean Moriarty

Students from the three secondary schools in Killarney joined millions of their peers worldwide when they took part in what has been described as the largest global climate protest in history.

On Friday last (September 20);  first, second, third and transition-year students from St Brigid's Presentation Secondary School, St Brendan's College and Killarney Community College united to spell out the word ‘Now’ in the grounds of St Mary's Cathedral in a call to politicians to take action to prevent further climate change.

The strike was organised by three student groups nationwide - Fridays for Future Ireland, School Strikes for Climate Ireland and Schools Climate Action Network - with adult organisations including Stop Climate Chaos, SIPTU, The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Fórsa, the Union of Students of Ireland, Extinction Rebellion and many more groups as organising partners.

The students claim the Irish Government has been inactive on environmental issues and that this inaction has led to a rise in emissions and damage to in environment.

“During the final period [on Friday]  the students gathered in the Bishop's field and created a powerful visual demand statement regarding Climate Action,” said St Brendan’s principal Sean Coffey.\

“Marshalled by Mr. Declan O'Donoghue and his Politics and Society Class, the 1000-plus students created the NOW image. We are most thankful to fifth year student  Iuvali Cazacu and Mr. John C. O'Shea for their drone expertise and their work in capturing this statement image.”

Later the day the same students gathered to hear a highly informative input from Dr. Aidan Forde, of Saorgus Energy Ltd., the firm behind the wind farms in the Stacks Mountains outside Tralee, on the impact of carbon loading on our climate.

“A huge thank you to our past pupil for his insightful presentation,” added Mr Sean Coffey.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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