THIS YEAR’S BLUE Flags – for excellent water quality – have been announced.
81 beaches and 5 marinas have been awarded the flags – an increase in 6 since last year.
Five beaches that failed to come up to standard last year because of storm damage have regained their status, namely:
- Bertra and Mulranny in Mayo
- Rossbeigh in Kerry
- Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point in Clare
Three beaches lost theirs, meanwhile, due to failure to comply with requirements:
- Brittas Bay North in Wicklow
- Enniscrone in Sligo
- Skerries in Fingal, north Dublin
Here’s the full list of beaches…
Port, Templetown, Clogherhead – all retain flags.
Balcarrick – Donabate, Portrane, Portmarnock – all retain flags. Skerries loses out.
Killiney, Seapoint – retain flags
Brittas South, Greystones South – retain flags. Brittas North loses out
Blue Flags for Curracloe, Courtown, Morriscastle, Rosslare Strand, Ballinesker
Waterford retains flags for Clonea, Councellors Strand, Dunmore Strand, Tramore.
Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Barleycove, Tragumna all retain flags. Redbarn and Garretstown regain theirs.
Retaining their flags: Ballinskelligs, Ballybunion North, Ballybunion South, Ballyheigue, Banna, Derrynane, Fenit, Inch, Kells, Maherabeg, Ventry, White Strand
Retaining: Ballycuggeran, Kilkee, Whitestrand Doonbeg, Mountshannon, Cappa, Fanore, Lahinch
Regaining: Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay
Traught, Cill Mhuirbhigh, Loughrea, Tra an Doilin, Tra Mhor Indreabhan – all retain flags
Salthill & Silverstrand keep their flags
Retained: Dooega, Carrowmore, Clare Island, Ross Killala, Golden Strand, Mullaghroe, Silverstrand – Dugort, Keel, Elly Bay and Keem
Regained: Bertra, Mulranny
Rosses Point retains flag. Enniscrone loses
Bundoran, Culdaff, Fintra, Downings, Killahoey, Marblehill, Lisfannon, Murvagh, Naran,Magherawarden, Shroove, Rossnowlagh, Carrickfinn – all retain flags
The following marinas retain flags: Killinure Marina in Westmeath, New Ross Marina and Kilmore Quay in Wexford, and The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork
Kinsale Yacht Club gets a Blue Flag for the first time
Separately, 58 beaches have been awarded a Green Coast award this year for their “clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty”.
Six beaches are being presented both awards: Portmarnock, Portrane and Donabate in Fingal, north Dublin; Salthill and Silver Strand in Galway, and Rosses Point in Sligo.