Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive, Cavan County Council; Pat Luke McGovern, General Services Supervisor, Cavan County Council; Paul Mulligan, Senior Executive Engineer, Cavan County Council; Martina O'Neill, Acting Geopark Manager, Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark; Cllr. John Paul Feeley, Chair of the Enterprise and Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee and Cllr. Sarah O’Reilly, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council.

Cavan Burren Park goes Green

Cavan Burren Park, part of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, has been awarded a 2020 Green Flag.

The awards announced by An Taisce Environmental Education are given out to Ireland’s top parks and best gardens. Accredited by teams of trained volunteer judges, 2020 saw Cavan Burren Park included for the first-time.

Recipients must comply with exceeding tough environmental standards in green space management, and be deemed an excellence of visitor attractions. The Green Flag Award for Parks is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised as an international benchmarking standard.

There are 84 Irish Parks and Gardens from across the Republic of Ireland receiving their 2020 Green Flags and a superb achievement for Cavan Burren Park to be amongst the prestigious award winners.

More Green Flag Awards were secured by Irish parks and gardens than by any of the pother 15 participating country, other than the UK where the scheme originated in 1996.

By providing community green spaces with access to Green Flag Award best practice it empowers community groups to improve their local community and environment. The Green Flag Award for Cavan Burren Park is testament to the collaborative work of stakeholders that has supported the sustainable development of the park in recent years.

Engagement between the local community, Cavan County Council and Coillte has ensured the on-going safeguarding of the unique archaeological and geological features within the Park and enabled the development a wonderful recreational facility for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.

Welcoming the award The Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Tommy Ryan, said the cultural site has never been more important: “Given the current challenges faced by COVID-19, we appreciate more than ever the importance of public parks and gardens within our communities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the hard work put in by park staff, staff of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, our colleagues in Coillte and community volunteers. Without them we would be unable to maintain and improve the facilities available at Cavan Burren Park which is there for the benefit and enjoyment of the public during this difficult time,” the Cavan County council CEO said.

To plan your visit to Cavan Burren Park, please visit: or