Did your beach get a Blue Flag? Results are in

An Taisce has announced the 85 beaches and marinas that received this year’s International Blue Flag awards. This is down one from last year with four of the country top beaches losing their flag. The internationally recognised eco label award signifies that beaches and marinas awarded the flag meet a high set of standards for water quality, safety, beach management, information and education.

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Water Quality Issues

Three of the beaches to lose out all failed water quality tests. Portrane in Dublin and Garretstown and Redbarn in Cork are all located in areas that have been identified by EPA as having insufficient waste water treatment facilities. The fourth beach to lose out was Ross Strand Co, Mayo. It lost out to inadequate lifeguard cover which was less than what was advised.

Ballymoney in Wexford, Fenit Marina Co. Kerry and Brittas Bay North Co, Wicklow gained the Flag. The latter reclaiming it after losing out to last year due to water quality.

An Taisce also handed out 56 Green Coast Awards to beaches recognised for their excellent water quality, natural beauty and clean environment. These beaches are not eligible for Blue Flag status as they don’t have facilities such as toilets for visitors.

Here’s the full list of beaches that received the Blue Flag this year:

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Lahinch Co. Clare

Co. Clare
Ballycuggeran
Kilkee
Whitestrand, Doonbeg
Mountshannon
Cappa
Fanore
Lahinch
Spanish Point
Milltown Malbay

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Barleycove Co. Cork

Co. Cork
Garrylucas
Inchydoney
Owenahincha
Tragumna
Barleycove
The royal Cork Yacht Club Marine
Kinsale Yacht Club Marina

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Bundoran Co. Donegal

Co. Donegal
Bundoran
Culdaff
Fintra
Downings
Killahoey
Marblehill
Lisfannon
Murvagh
Naran
Magherawarden
Shroove
Rossnowlagh
Carrickfinn

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Killiney Beach Co. Dublin

Co. Dublin
Balcarrick, Donabate
Portmarnock
Killiney
Seapoint

Co. Galway
Traught
Cill Mhuirbhigh
Loughrea
Tra an Doilin
Tra Mhor, Indreabhan
Salthill
Silverstrand

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Inch Co. Kerry

Co. Kerry
Ballinskelligs
Ballybunion North
Ballybunion South
Ballyheigue
Banna
Derrynane
Fenit
Inch
Kells
Maherabeg
Ventry
White Strand
Rossbeigh
Fenit Marina (new)

Co. Louth
Port
Templetown
Clogherhead

Co. Mayo
Dooega
Carrowmore
Clare Island
Mulranny
Golden Strand
Mullaghroe
Silverstrand, Dugort
Keel
Elly Bay
Keem
Bertra

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Rosses Point Co. Sligo

Co. Sligo
Rosses Point

Co. Waterford
Clonea
Counsellor’s Strand
Dunmore Strand
Tramore

Co. Westmeath
Killinure Point Marina

Co. Wexford
Curracloe
Courtown
Morriscastle
Rosslare Strand
Ballinesker
Ballymoney North Beach (new)
Kilmore Quay Marina
New Ross Marina

Co. Wicklow
Brittas Bay North (new)
Brittas Bay South
Greystones South Beach

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