2022 Winners

Ballymoney National School wins Cork County & Gaelscoil na Dúglaise wins Cork City

Muintir na Tire Schools Garden Competition 2022

The staff and Pupils of Ballymoney National School Ballineen are thrilled to be Cork County Overall Winners with Gaelscoil na Dúglaise Douglas winning the Cork City Overall Winners at the Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre School Garden Awards 2022 which were held in County Hall on Wednesday June 22nd 2022.

The Competition is in its tenth year after a brief hault during covid and this year saw a record amount of entries. The enthusiasm and high standard and quality shown from all the schools proved to the Judges that the project continues to be a huge success. The competition involves each school developing/planning a garden in their own way. Both adults and students work together to decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.

Mr Denis Kelly welcomed the schools involved and congratulated each school on their efforts. This was then followed by an audio visual presentation that showcased all of the schools hard work. Denis then thanked the Muintir ná Tíre sub group for all their hard work in making the Pride in the Community School Garden’s Awards a huge success. He also thanked Cork County & Cork City Council for their huge support.

Sean Holland Chair of the sub group of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre was highly impressed with the standard of the gardens entered and spoke about the importance of getting into the garden and “getting your hands dirty.” He asked pupils to think outside the box and to include lots of colour in their gardens. He also thought that the Video on the gardens was a good way for new entrants to see other school’s work and come up with new ideas.

Mayor Gillian Coughlan was highly impressed with the enthuasism from the children towards the School Garden Awards and encouraged everyone to get involved. She congratulated all the schools and said they were all winners & what they were learning now will stand to them in time. She hoped next year’s competition would be even bigger and better. Cllr Dan Boyle who deputised for the Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr Colm Kelleher wished these inititives were in schools in his day & commended the work of everyone involved to keep the school gardens competitions going while congratulating all the students who got involved. Seamus Forde of Muntir Cork praised all the support received & thanked the sponsors while commending the hard work of the committee and staff of Muintir Cork. Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer of Cork County Council thanked everyone for partaking and attending the Awards Ceremony. He said the competition was a huge success and congratulated all involved. Brendan Scahill HSE & Yvonne Cahalane of Muntir Cork were highly impressed with the commitment of all the pupils & post covid believed their gardens would benefit all schools by getting out and enjoying the garden, while building confidence & life skills.

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About the Competition: The competition is run in conjunction with Cork County Council & Cork City Council Environment directorate and Heritage Section and sponsors Atkins. The aim of the “Pride in the Community Schools Competition” is to support pupils, teachers in County Cork & Cork City, to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age.

Full Results 2022

The Award Winners Commended Gardens

Bandonbridge N.S. Biodiversity

Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa Ballyphehane

Morning Star NS Ballyphehane

School of Divine Child Lavanagh Centre Cork City

Conna NS. Scoil Naomh Eoin, Ballincurrig

Coomhola NS, Coolyleary, Bantry,

Aghabullogue NS

Carrigaline Educate Together NS,

Castletownsend NS

Ahiohill National School New Garden

Leap National School, Kilmacabea

Scoil Mhuire Junior School Cork City

The Award Winners Highly Commended Gardens

Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan

Carriganima NS, Macroom,

Dripsey NS

Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael

Watergrasshill N.S,

Gaelscoil an Chaisleáin Ballincollig

North Presentation Primary School

Rathbarry N.S., Castlefreke

Scoil Mhuire Naofa Carrigtwohil

Scoil Eoin Church Hill Innishannon

Shanagarry NS

St. Colman`s NS Cloyne

St. Maries of the Isle Cork City

St. Mary's School, Rochestown

Templebreedy N.S., Crosshaven

The Award Winners Best In Category

Curraglass NS

St.Columba`s GNS Douglas Best in Category Biodiversity

Strawberry Hill NS, Best in Category Fun and Play

The Award winners Gold Medal winning Gardens

St Patrick's BNS Skibbereen

Muinefliuch NS, Macroom, Co. Cork

Beaumont GNS, Beaumont Cork City

Coachford NS

Derinagree National School, Mallow,

Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin,

Rusheen NS Coachford.

Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Carrigtwohill

Scoil Maria Assumpta, Ballyphehane

Scoil Phadraig Naofa Bandon

Timoleague NS,

Walterstown NS,

Vicarstown NS

The Awards

Overall Winners Cork City Gaelscoil na Dúglaise

Overall Winners Cork County Ballymoney National School, Ballineen