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Four in a row for St Colmans

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:56pm

Students in a Midleton school have been crowned kings and queens of the ocean. St Colman’s Community College Midleton has been named An Taisce’s Ocean Hero School of the Year for an incredible fourth year running.

This is an unprecedented feat in the history of the competition.

The Cork Education and Training Board school was singled out for the tireless work in protecting and conserving 11 of their local beaches in East Cork by removing tonnes of marine litter from the beaches, and for inspiring others to follow in their green footsteps.

Students worked with Clean Coasts Ballynamona, helping to maintain the Blue Flag and Green Coast award status that has been awarded to beaches there.

Karen Casey, Principal of St Colman's Community College said: “We are delighted with our recent success in this year's Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Awards. Our students are committed to creating a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment and were thrilled to be recognised for the work they do.

“The students of St Colman’s Community College actively clean more than ten beaches and were, this year, pleased to mentor Transition Year students from another Cork school and pass on their experience and advice. The ‘Clean Coasts’ programme is an outstanding initiative and provides our students with a unique opportunity to engage with the concept of environmental responsibility.”

The students, under the guidance of their teacher Proinsias Ó Tuama, have removed hundreds of tyres and bags of rubbish over the last three and a half years with the participation of over five hundred students.

“This is the equivalent of one person working from 9-5 with no breaks or holidays for more than a year and a half or the same as €60,000 in labour given over to protecting our coastline,” said Mr Ó Tuama.

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