Galway City Celebrates Purple Flag Status
Galway City Council today, Friday May 8th 2015, hosted a mayoral reception to celebrate Galway's designation as a Purple Flag City. The city was awarded Purple Flag status earlier this year, following a rigorous application process, in recognition of its safe, vibrant and well-managed town centre in the evening and at night.
Purple Flag is an international accreditation scheme for town and city centres. It is run through the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and is the "gold standard" for night time destinations. A judging panel visited the city last December and, over a 12 hour period from 5 pm - 5 am, assessed the city using 30 different criteria, including safety, appropriate transport, available services, use of public spaces and vibrant appeal. A comprehensive application form was also submitted. Galway City passed all 30 criteria of the accreditation procedure with commendations. In particular, the city was praised was praised for strong evidence of leadership and business engagement.
Speaking at the event, the Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Donal Lyons thanked all the businesses and organisations that supported the Purple Flag application process. In particular, he thanked the individuals who met the judges when they were in Galway last year and for providing them with a warm and kind welcome. He said:
"Together, we showcased Galway as a friendly, vibrant and innovative city"
"The Purple Flag award is an excellent achievement for the city. It will allow us promote and market Galway City as a world-class night time destination."
The Purple Flag is yet another accolade for Galway City, following the city's designation as a UNESCO City of Film last year, as well as being named the FDI Micro-City of the Year and an Urbanism Great Town. Later this year, Galway City will bid to host the European Capital of Culture 2020.
Purple Flag requires annual renewal. The Galway City Purple Flag working group, led by Galway City Council, are working on an action plan and, over the next few months, a number of purple flag related projects will commence. Over the next few days, the Purple Flag will fly from the Spanish Arch before moving to City Hall.