A hotel on the Wild Atlantic Way has become the first hotel in Ireland awarded carbon neutral status.

Hotel Doolin in Co Clare has been recognised by The Green Hospitality Programme for its implementation of a carbon and waste reduction plan - and for offsetting carbon emissions by planting trees.

A green team was established at the hotel in 2012 with the aim of reducing the hotel's carbon footprint, while also increasing the hotel's involvement with the community.

Green team manager, Áine Martin, said: "We changed our electricity to green electricity, which is from renewable resources.

"We have also changed our heating system from oil to an air to water heating system. In 2017, the carbon footprint of the hotel was 465 tonnes. In 2019, we forecast that the carbon footprint will be 110 tonnes."

The hotel also offsets carbon emissions by planting native Irish trees through a nearby charity.

Ms Martin added: "For every wedding that happens at Hotel Doolin we are committed to planting ten native trees in Lahinch through a charity called hometree.ie.

"That's 900 trees that were planted this year, 860 last year, and each tree offsets one tonne of carbon per year."

Plastic bottles and single-use items are completely banned in the hotel and rainwater is harvested and used to water vegetables in the hotel's poly tunnel.

Ms Martin added: "Hotel Doolin is a small business on the west coast of Ireland. If we're able to achieve this then any business should be able to achieve it."