24-6-2016: Minister Sean Canney, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief pictured after launching four interconnected visitor initiatives for Derrynane National Historic Park with local environment expert Vincent Hyland who created the Derrynane Seashore Nature Trail, Geraldine Canney, Adrian Corcoran, Chris O'Neill and Breda Casey from the OPW. Included in the launch were the new Seashore Nature Trail, the 2016 Discover Derrynane family activity weekend, a new website for Derrynane House and the consultation process for the Draft Derrynane Conservation Management Plan. Photo: Don MacMonagle repro free photo Further info: colette.davis@opw.ie

Derrynane National Historic Park in County Kerry has been included in the list of top ten international sites in a People’s Choice vote for Green Flag Awards parks.

The People’s Choice is voted on every year by members of the public. Over 50,000 votes were cast in a year that has seen parks and green spaces serve a vital role for health and wellbeing worldwide during the Covid19 pandemic.  Derrynane was the first public park in Munster to achieve a Green Flag award in 2016 and the OPW is delighted that its value to the Irish people has been recognised internationally in a public vote.  This is a great achievement that would not have been possible without the support of the local community of Caherdaniel and a wide range of stakeholders.

Echoing the words of the Green Flag Organisation following the announcement of Derrynane National Historic Park’s inclusion in the top ten earlier today, Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works, said

“The effects of the pandemic has meant that more and more communities are valuing the outdoor spaces they have local access to.  The OPW was awarded Green Flag status for nine of its Parks throughout the country and I am delighted that Derrynane has now been chosen by the public as one of the top ten parks internationally.  It is a testament to all who work to maintain and present our parks to the highest standards and it is heartening to know that the public appreciate such wonderful amenities”.

The Green Flag award now operates in 15 countries around the world including: Australia, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom*, New Zealand, Mexico and the USA – celebrating over 2,000 Award winning parks and green spaces annually.

*The vote does not include UK voted sites

For further information on the Green Flag Award program, visit greenflagaward.org