Carrigaline Union receives Eco-Congregation award

Carrigaline Union in Co Cork has received an award in recognition of its environmental endeavours from Eco–Congregation Ireland.

The parish promotes recycling, composting and Fairtrade and the use of delph rather than disposable crockery and cutlery. In recent years bee–friendly hedging and fruit trees have been planted and the rectory garden is now used for growing vegetables as well as hosting parish picnics and barbecues. Creation–themed services are held several times a year and the parish includes eco tips in its weekly pewsheet and contributes a ‘Green Matters’ section to the Cork, Cloyne and Ross diocesan magazine.

Members of the select vestry were delighted to receive the award. ‘Over the past two years, by making practical changes in our parish life, we have tried, as a community, to live more lightly on the earth and it means a lot to us to have our efforts recognised in this way by an organisation like Eco–Congregation Ireland,’ said the Revd Elaine Murray, Rector of Carrigaline Union. ‘We feel that this award is only the beginning: we hope to continue to adjust our individual lives and the life of our congregation. We can continue to learn so much from the online resources available through Eco–Congregation …read more

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