Four Dublin parks have been given the Green Flag Award for 2017. St. Stephen's Green Park, Grangegorman Military Cemetery, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens and the Phoenix Park were awarded at a ceremony in Malahide Castle today.
Maurice Buckley from the Office of Public Works said the group "places great importance on the sustainable management and conservation" of parks and the awards are "a wonderful way of recognising and celebrating these high standards."
Three other parks across the country in Castletown Demesne, Derrynane Historic Park, Garinish Island were also awarded.
The Green Flag Awards recognise and encourage the provision of good quality parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.
The awards are marked on eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.