4 May 2018 Health & Wellbeing

Minister Launches 2018 Green Ribbon Walk and Talk Campaign

Picture of Minister Daly Launching Green Ribbon Campaign

Pictured Left to Right:  Charlie Burke (Coillte – Recreation), Shauna O’ Connor (See Change), Gerard Murphy (Coillte M.D.), Caroline Farrell (IFA), Minister Jim Daly, (Minister Of State at the Department Of Health, Joe Healy (IFA President) and Jill O’ Herlihy (Mental Health Ireland)


Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly launched the 2018 Green Ribbon Campaign.  This year a series of forest walks are happening right across the country encouraging people to get out and walk and talk.

The Let’s Talk & Walk series of walks are taking place throughout Ireland at Coillte Forest Parks and trails during May 2018 to promote the Green Ribbon and raise awareness to improve mental health.

Just like the pink ribbon became a symbol for breast cancer awareness the Green Ribbon has been established as the international symbol for mental health awareness and has been introduced to Ireland by See Change.

The Let’s Talk & Walk – Green Ribbon walks are hosted by Coillte in collaboration with IFA, Mental Health Ireland and See Change.

The walks provide an opportunity for friends, families and communities to connect with one another whilst being mindful of their own and others’ mental health and wellbeing enjoying two things inherent to us in Ireland….Nature and Talking!”

Coillte are keen to drive the health agenda encouraging people to enjoy their walks and forest parks throughout the country which can deliver a range of physical and mental health benefits to the people who use them.

We wish to invite you to join and look forward to meeting you at any of the locations below; Car parking is free of charge.


Sunday, May 6th 2018 @ 12pm Ballycuggaran Woods, Killaloe, Co. Clare
Sunday, May 6th 2018 @ 3pm Avondale Forest Park, Co. Wicklow
Monday, 7th May 2018 @ 3pm Portumna Forest Park, Co. Galway
Sunday, 13th May 2018 @ 3pm Emo Forest, Co. Laois
Sunday, 27th May 2018 @ 3pm Ards Forest Park, Co. Donegal
Sunday, 27th May 2018 @ 3pm Raheen Woods, Castlebar, Co. Mayo


About Coillte

Coillte is a commercial forestry company, owned by the State, that manages approximately 7% of the country’s land. Coillte operate three strong businesses from this land – their core forestry business, a wood panels manufacturing business MEDITE SMARTPLY and a land solutions business. Coillte export to over 30 countries worldwide and in the financial year 31 December 2017  generated EBITDA of €85.2 million. Coillte’s vision is to be the best forestry and land solutions company in Europe. To find out more visit www.coillte.ie



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