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Water fountain of knowledge gifted to Castleconnell National School 

Sinead McDonnell, Limerick City and County Council, Grainne Greene (Vice Principal), John Hardiman, Richie Ryan (Principal) of Castleconnell National School, Rohan Jangam, Eamonn Carney and Anne Hayes of Castleconnell Tidy Towns at the installing of the water fountain.

The kind act coincided with National Reuse Month, which highlights ‘the importance of rethinking the way we use everything’

By Taylor Mulligan

To mark National Reuse Month this October, Castleconnell Tidy Towns gifted a refurbished water fountain to the local national school. The aim of the month is to show appreciation for what we own by repairing and reusing it for as long and as often as possible.

The water fountain was purchased by Castleconnell Tidy Towns at an auction in Meath for €280, with the intention of installing it in the village as part of the Tidy Towns project. Former chairman Vincent Warfield and the current Tidy Towns team have built a new plumbing system for the fountain, so it can be used by Castleconnell National School students for many years to come.

John Hardiman of Castleconnell Tidy Towns commented, “We are delighted to provide this refurbished water fountain to our local national school, along with reusable water bottles. As a Tidy Towns group, it is very important to us to link with our community, and our local green school is a continuous source of biodiversity and sustainability thought leadership. Led by Principal Richie Ryan and Vice Principal Grainne Greene, we really appreciate our on-going partnership.”

National Reuse Month highlights the importance of rethinking the way we use everything to avoid the need to manufacture and distribute new products. This way of living cuts down waste and greenhouse gas emissions. The occasion aims to bring people beyond ideas of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ and towards a focus on the prevention of waste in the first place.

Limerick City and County Council’s Environment Awareness Officer, Sinead McDonnell, congratulated Tidy Towns volunteers for “bringing the water fountain back to use”.

“It is a win for the school, a super project under the sustainability category for Castleconnell’s 2023 Tidy Towns application, and a win for the environment,” she added.

Find out more about National Reuse Month.

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