Schools apply pedal power on Omeath-Carlingford Greenway

Scoil Naomh Bríd and Scoil Naomh Lorcan join forces to celebrate Bike Week

Schools apply pedal power on Omeath-Carlingford Greenway
By Ian Cameron ian.cameron@dundalkdemocrat.ie @IanAlexCameron

Green-School’s Scoil Naomh Bríd and Scoil Naomh Lorcan joined forces to celebrate Bike week and COW (cycle on weekdays!) for a fun filled group cycle on the Omeath – Carlingford Greenway recently.

90 parents, children and staff set off from Omeath on the 8km cycle to the end of the Greenway.

Flowers were in full bloom along the path and the children and were greeted with great smiles from walkers and cyclists on the route. Even the bit of drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits and take away from the fun and chat along the Lough. An icecream van was waiting for their arrival and all participants enjoyed their break with a well earned 99 before getting back on their saddles’ for the return journey to Omeath.

The schools regrouped in Omeath for a well deserved lunch to end a successful days cycling.

Cycling has become part of both schools’ ethos as they both work actively to promote environmentally friendly journeys to school. Green-School’s Travel officer Sorcha Brophy was delighted with the turn out showing their continued support of the programme and was very impressed with the steely determination of even the littlest of legs to complete the full 16km return journey. Louth Sport’s Partnership Wayne Macken was very happy to see the route being used as a way to improve levels of physical activity in the community.

Green-School’s Coordinator’s Eilish Hanratty and Donna McParland ensured the day ran smoothly with the support of principal’s Ronan Green and Regina O’Malley and all staff. A special thanks to all the parents and children who took part, An Taisce Green-School’s & Louth Sport’s Partnership for supporting the event and Cuchulainn Cycling Club.

An Taisce has been working on the national Green-Schools Travel programme, which focuses on promoting sustainable travel on the school run, since September 2008. The Travel theme is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and supported by the National Transport Authority.

To date, over 1300 primary and secondary schools countrywide have taken part or are taking part in the Green-Schools Travel programme, implementing sustainable travel action plans in their schools.

Since 2008 724 schools have been awarded the Green Flag for Travel, representing successful completion of the travel theme of the Green-Schools programme.

The ultimate aim of the Green-Schools Travel programme is to encourage students, parents and teachers to walk, cycle, scoot, Park ‘n’ Stride, use public transport or car pool instead of using the private car on the school run.