Lough Gur Awarded First Green Heritage Site Accreditation in Limerick

Highlights exceptional work carried out to develop the amenity

Press Release Wednesday 14 September 2022

Lough Gur has been awarded the first Green Heritage Flag for Limerick in recognition of exceptional work carried out by Limerick City and County Council, the Office of Public Works and the National Monuments Service at the scenic Lakeshore Park and wider areas over the previous three years. The park was also officially conferred with a second Green Flag for 2022/2023 as the international mark of quality for parks and green spaces.

The new Green Heritage Flag award for 2023/2023 places a special emphasis on maintaining a delicate balance between positive improvements and protecting the unique heritage of the year. Both the Green Heritage Flag and Green Flag Award sets a gold standard to adhere to by the custodians of the park. The awards will be applied for each year to monitor progress and ongoing improvements. Assessment criteria for the Green Flag Award include visible evidence of management in the areas of marketing and communication, a warm welcoming approach, heritage and biodiversity and community involvement. While assessment criteria for the Green Heritage Flag include visible evidence of good conservation standards, historic features given prominence with work supported on site by professional staff.

Carmel Lynch, Senior Engineer for Limerick City and County Council with responsibility for Recreation commented:

“The recent announcement of a Green Heritage Flag for Lough Gur marks a first-time award in this category for Limerick. The new accreditation for Lough Gur as a Green Heritage Site was approved for integrating historic features, that are found in abundance in Lough Gur, while also connecting the area’s rich heritage to the local landscape through careful planning and maintenance. The Green Heritage Flag award signals the benefits of working together. Combined, Limerick City & County Council, relevant State agencies, including the National Monuments Service & the Office of Public Works along with the local community, received this new accreditation due to their commitment to promoting & preserving the natural environment and heritage for the benefit of everyone who visits there. This is a great achievement for all associated with progressing balanced continuous improvement measures for Lough Gur and is a great achievement overall for Limerick.”

To conclude Kate Harrold, Manager for Lough Gur commented, “many people across Limerick have noted continuous improvements in Lough Gur over the last number of years due to improved support. An award of this magnitude, a first for Limerick, signals recognition of hard work done by all involved.”

The official flag raising ceremony will be carried out later this month by Cllr. Francis Foley, Mayor of Limerick City & County Council along with representatives from the Office of Public Works and National Monuments Service.

Additional Information from An Taisce

A significant milestone was announced in 2021, with the successful roll-out of Green Heritage Site Accreditation across Ireland. With the support of the NPWS and the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage, 7 Irish Green Flag sites have were accredited to Green Heritage Accreditation standard. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is awarded to public green spaces of historical and cultural significance. Lough Gur Lakeshore Park is the latest public green space to be awarded with this coveted title.