Larry Magnier of Blackrock Tidy Towns has been presented with a Coastcare Merit Award at the annual An Taisce Clean Coasts Symposiu.
Minister Fergus O’Dowd presented the award to the Mr Magnier at the annual awards ceremony at the Royal College of Physicianson Friday, November 30.
“Clean Coasts engages people in protecting our beaches seas and marine life for future generations, and Larry has proved himself to be at the vanguard of this effort,” said Minister O’Dowd.
“He has been a long-term supporter of the Clean Coasts programme and with works very closely with Mary Murtagh at Louth County Council in organising clean-up and skips to keep Blackrock’s coastline sparkling.
“There are 285 Coastcare Groups in the country, which puts Blackrock’s fantastic efforts into perspective. Larry, and the whole Tidy Towns group should be incredibly proud of the impact that they have made.”
The Clean Coasts Programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.
The programme has experienced considerable growth in Ireland and there are now over 285 groups protecting Ireland’s coastal environment.
Some of those groups shared their experiences and made inspiring presentations about how they have become custodian of the coast.
The prestigious Coastcare Merit Awards are about recognising the invaluable work done by committed volunteers across the country on a daily basis protecting and restoring Ireland’s beautiful coastline.
“This initiative recognises the marine environment as something to be valued and cherished,” said Minister O’Dowd.
“Clean Coast represents an opportunity for local communities to empower themselves to protect and enhance their valued resource, a precious legacy for the generations to come.
“An important aspect of Clean Coast initiative is the involvement of Coast Care Volunteer Groups such as Blackrock Tidy Towns.
“Their efforts are fundamental to achieving and maintaining Green Coast status.
“The 285 active Coastcare community groups currently involved are to be commended for their on-going efforts and this provides a strong indication of the pride that individuals have in their communities and surroundings.”