Maynooth has again been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag award. This is a renewal of the status for the town with the Purple Flag zone holding this accolade since January 2017.


Similar to the Blue Flag for beaches, the Purple Flag Award aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres in the evenings and at night. The scheme is managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) working alongside the Purple Flag Advisory Committee. Accredited towns and cities have proven that they are welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways for visitors to travel home after dark and provide a good mix of venues. Purple Flag towns and cities benefit from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour, and improved perceptions of centres.


This award which recognises Maynooth as a ‘must-visit’ location and will continue to be beneficial as a marketing and promotional tool, placing the town amongst a small number of towns and cities to have achieved this standard.  Maynooth will continue be marketed locally, nationally and internationally as a town of excellence with a rich mix of dining and cultural venues and a vast range of events and festivals.


Jennifer Forster, Membership and Events Manager of County Kildare Chamber said, “Retaining this status reaffirms that Maynooth is a destination not to be missed. There is great enthusiasm by all stakeholders in the town who want to continuously improve on what is currently on offer and achieving the Purple Flag status for a second time is a credit to those who work tirelessly to make the area appealing for an evening out”