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.
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:
The royal Cork Yacht Club Marine
Kinsale Yacht Club Marina
Tra an Doilin
Tra Mhor, Indreabhan
Fenit Marina (new)
Killinure Point Marina
Ballymoney North Beach (new)
Kilmore Quay Marina
New Ross Marina
Brittas Bay North (new)
Brittas Bay South
Greystones South Beach