September 28, 2023

Green machines: Kilkenny students cycle to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

As schools begin to reopen across the county, a call has gone out to students urging them to make ‘green journeys’ to school on St Partick’s Day.

Cycle Kilkenny is encouraging families to green their journey to school and, where possible, to walk, cycle or scoot school journeys next week.

The initiative is being led by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce and the internationally-renowned animation studio Cartoon Saloon. It hopes to encourage people to become more active and environmentally aware.

The leader of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Andrew McGuinness, said: “This is a wonderful initiative by Cycle Kilkenny and our St. Patrick’s Festival #kilkennyingreen campaign as children return to school.

“I urge all parents to get involved and look forward to seeing Kilkenny schools awash with green as our children return to school life as we know it.”

Kilkenny County Council CEO Colette Byrne added: “Safe routes to schools will be a priority, we want children in Kilkenny to be able to travel to school independently.

“The current working from home arrangements may mean that more parents are in a position to accompany younger children on their journey to school and we would encourage families to walk, cycle or scoot as much as possible for an invigorating start to the school day,” Ms Byrne added.

CAPTION: Alice, Tara and Doireann, Clara National School looking forward to St Patrick’s Festival

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