Record number of Irish beaches awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award

This year’s Blue Flag beaches were announced earlier today at a ceremony in Bray with a record 83 Irish beaches and seven marinas achieving the prestigious award.

Seapoint, Dublin Once again receives a Blue Flag award

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.

The number of sites receiving the Blue Flag in 2018 is up two on last year’s total. All beaches and marinas that received the award last year have retained it for another year.

This is the first time Carne in Co Wexford has been awarded the status and Ardmore in Co Waterford has regained the award for the first time since 1997 after a completion of a new wastewater treatment plant in the area.

Here’s the full list of beaches and marinas that was awarded a Blue Flag for 2018. Did your favourite beach make the cut?


– Ballycuggeran

– Cappa pier

– Fanore

– Kilkee

– Lahinch

– Mountshannon

– Spanish Point

– White Strand Doonbeg

– White Strand Miltown Malbay


– Redbarn Beach

– Barleycove

– Garrylucas

– Inchydoney

– Owenahincha

– Tragumna

– Garretstown

– Kinsale Yacht Club

– The Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina

Beach Marina Blue Flag award 2017

Bundoran, Co. Donegal


– Downings

– Rossnowlagh

– Greencastle Marina

– Bundoran

– Carrickfinn

– Culdaff

– Fintra

– Killahoey

– Magherawarden

– Marblehill

– Murvagh

– Portnoo /Naran

– Shroove


– Seapoint

– Portmarnock/Velvet Strand

Beach Marina Blue Flag award 2017

Salthill, Co. Galway


– An Trá Mhór

– Cill Mhuirbhigh

– Loughrea Lake

– Salthill

– Silverstrand

– Trá an Dóilin

– Traught

– Portumna


– Inch

– Ballybunion North

– Ballybunion South

– Ballyheigue

– Banna

– Fenit

– Kells

– Magherabeg

– Rossbeigh

– Ventry

– White Strand Caherciveen

– Fenit Marina

– Ballinskelligs

– Derrynane


– Port/Lurganboy

– Shellinghill/Templetown

– Clogherhead

Beach Marina Blue Flag award 2017

Ella Bay, Co. Mayo


– Bertra

– Carrowmore

– Clare Island

– Dooega

– Elly Bay

– Golden Strand

– Keel

– Keem

– Mullaghroe

– Mulranny

– Silverstrand Dugort

– Ross Killala


– Killinure Point

Beach Marina Blue Flag award 2017

Rosses Point, Co. Sligo


– Rosses Point


– Clonea

– Councillors Strand Dunmore East

– Dunmore Strand

– Tramore

– Ardmore

Beach Marina Blue Flag award 2017

Kilmore Quay Marina


– Ballinesker Beach

– Courtown

– Curracloe

– Morriscastle

– Rosslare

– Ballymoney North Beach

– Kilmore Quay Marina

– New Ross Marina

– Carne

Bray, Co. Wicklow


– Brittas Bay North Beach

– Brittas Bay South Beach

– Greystones

– Bray South Promenade

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