Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards welcomed by Minister Noonan


I welcome the announcement that a total of 156 Blue Flag and Green Coast awards were presented for beaches and marinas at 95 sites around the country.


Blue Flags

Today, a total of 95 Blue Flags have been awarded, 85 to beaches and 10 to marinas. The Blue Flag is an international award for beach excellence and is operating in Ireland by An Taisce, with support from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage since 1987. The award is presented to beaches and marinas which have excellent water quality and which achieve high standards across a wide range of other criteria including environmental education, management of the environment, safety and other services. This year celebrates 35 years of the Blue Flag as an international programme and during that time the Blue Flag has become an internationally recognised symbol of high standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety. I am pleased to be presenting 95 blue flags today and want to commend the great efforts made by local authorities, An Taisce, coastal communities, and volunteers for their work around the country.


Green Coasts

61 Green Coast Awards were presented for 2022. The Green Coast Award is given to sites which have excellent water quality but which may be less developed and less populated than Blue Flag beaches. An important aspect of the Green Coast Awards is the involvement of Clean Coasts Volunteer Groups. There are now 1,860 Coast care groups with over 37,000 volunteers throughout the island.

The attainment of 61 Green Coast Awards, is extremely welcome and is a reflection of the outstanding efforts of citizen and community groups and the great work carried out by An Taisce and the Local Authorities.

Beach Information

Very useful and timely bathing water information is available to beach users on the linked websites – www.blueflagireland.org and www.beaches.ie – run by An Taisce and the Environmental Protection Agency respectively.


Blue Flag Beaches Awarded by Management Body


Clare County Council

Ballycuggeran


Clare County Council

Cappagh Pier, Kilrush


Clare County Council

Fanore


Clare County Council

Kilkee


Clare County Council

Lahinch


Clare County Council

Mountshannon, Lough Derg


Clare County Council

Spanish Point


Clare County Council

White Strand Doonbeg


Clare County Council

White Strand Miltown Malbay


Cork County Council

Barley Cove


Cork County Council

Fountainstown


Cork County Council

Garretstown


Cork County Council

Garrylucas, White Strand


Cork County Council

Inchydoney East Beach


Cork County Council

Inchydoney West Beach


Cork County Council

Owenahincha, Little Island Strand


Cork County Council

Redbarn


Cork County Council

Tragumna


Cork County Council

Youghal, Claycastle


Cork County Council

Youghal, Front Strand


Donegal County Council

Culdaff


Donegal County Council

Bundoran


Donegal County Council

Carrickfinn


Donegal County Council

Downings


Donegal County Council

Fintra


Donegal County Council

Killahoey


Donegal County Council

Marble Hill


Donegal County Council

Murvagh


Donegal County Council

Naran


Donegal County Council

Portsalon


Donegal County Council

Rossnowlagh


Donegal County Council

Stroove


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Killiney


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Seapoint


Fingal County Council

Balcarrick, Donabate


Fingal County Council

Portmarnock, Velvet Strand Beach


Fingal County Council

Rush, South Beach


Galway City Council

Salthill Beach


Galway City Council

Silverstrand Beach


Galway County Council

An Trá Mór, Coill Rua, Indreabhán


Galway County Council

Bathing Place at Portumna


Galway County Council

Cill Mhuirbhigh, Inis Mór


Galway County Council

Loughrea Lake


Galway County Council

Trá an Dóilín, An Ceathrú Rua


Galway County Council

Trá Inis Oírr (Main Beach)


Kerry County Council

Baile an Sceilg (Ballinskelligs)


Kerry County Council

Ballybunion North Beach


Kerry County Council

Ballybunion South Beach


Kerry County Council

Ballyheigue


Kerry County Council

Banna Strand


Kerry County Council

Doire Fhíonáin (Derrynane)


Kerry County Council

Fenit


Kerry County Council

Fionntrá (Ventry)


Kerry County Council

Inch


Kerry County Council

Kells


Kerry County Council

Maharabeg


Kerry County Council

Rossbeigh, White Strand


Kerry County Council

White Strand, Caherciveen


Louth County Council

Clogherhead


Louth County Council

Port, Lurganboy


Louth County Council

Shelling Hill/Templetown


Mayo County Council

Dooega Beach, Achill Island


Mayo County Council

Dugort Beach, Achill Island


Mayo County Council

Elly Bay, Belmullet


Mayo County Council

Golden Strand, Achill Island


Mayo County Council

Keel Beach, Achill Island


Mayo County Council

Keem Beach, Achill Island


Mayo County Council

Mullaghroe Beach, Belmullet


Mayo County Council

Mulranny Beach


Mayo County Council

Ross Beach, Killala


Sligo County Council

Rosses Point Beach


Waterford City & County Council

Ardmore Beach


Waterford City & County Council

Clonea Beach


Waterford City & County Council

Counsellors' Strand, Dunmore East


Waterford City & County Council

Dunmore Strand, Dunmore East


Waterford City & County Council

Tramore Beach


Wexford County Council

Ballinesker


Wexford County Council

Ballymoney North Beach


Wexford County Council

Carne


Wexford County Council

Curracloe


Wexford County Council

Morriscastle


Wexford County Council

Rosslare Strand


Wicklow County Council

Brittas Bay South


Wicklow County Council

Brittas Bay North


Wicklow County Council

Greystones South Beach



Blue Flag Marinas Awarded by Management Body


Cork

Kinsale Yacht Club

Kinsale Yacht Club


Cork

Royal Cork Yacht club

The Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina


Clare

Kilrush Maritime Ltd.

Kilrush Marina


Donegal

Donegal County Council

Greencastle Marina


Donegal

Donegal County Council and Rathmullan Charters

Rathmullan Marina


Kerry

Kerry County Council

Fenit Marina


Kerry

Kilrush Maritime Ltd.

Portmagee Seasonal Pontoon


Westmeath

Quigley's Marina

Quigley's Marina, Killinure Point


Wexford

Wexford County Council

Kilmore Quay Marina


Wexford

Wexford County Council

New Ross Marina



Green Coast Awards by County


Clare

Ballyallia Lake

Clare County Council

Ballyalla Blue Flag Working Group


Clare

Bishops Quarter

Clare County Council

Ballyvaughan Tidy Towns


Clare

Carrigaholt Beach

Clare County Council

Carrigaholt Tidy Towns and Carrigaholt Development Association


Clare

Seafield

Clare County Council

Quilty clean coast


Cork

Sherkin Island, Silver Strand Beach

Cork County Council

Sherkin Island Community Group


Cork

Ballyrisode

Cork County Council

Goleen Communtiy Group


Cork

Galley Cove

Cork County Council

Goleen Communtiy Group


Cork

Inch Strand

Cork County Council

Aghada Residents Association


Cork

Ardnahinch, Shanagarry

Cork County Council

Shanagarry Coast Care Group


Cork

Ring

Cork County Council

Ballymacoda Ladysbridge Community Council Ltd


Cork

Oysterhaven

Cork County Council

Nohoval/Oysterhave Residents Association


Cork

Rocky Bay

Cork County Council

Roberts Cove & Rocky Bay Residents Association


Cork

Dooneen Pier

Cork County Council

Sheeps Head Way Community Group


Cork

Red Strand

Cork County Council

Ardfield Tidy Towns Group


Cork

Cadogan's Strand,

Cork County Council

Schull Tidy Towns & Community Group


Cork

Garnish Beach, Lehanmore

Cork County Council

Lehanemore Community Co-op


Cork

Ballynamona Beach

Cork County Council

Ballynamona Clean Coast Group


Cork

Fountainstown Beach

Cork County Council

Fountainstown Community Association


Cork

Inchydoney East

Cork County Council

Inchydoney East Residents Association


Donegal

Drumnatinney

Donegal County Council

Drumnatinney Clean Coasts Group


Donegal

Dooey Beach

Donegal County Council

Dooey Clean Coasts Group


Donegal

Ballyheirnan

Donegal County Council

Fanad Coastal Group


Donegal

Magheroarty Beach

Donegal County Council

Ionad Pobail Mhachaire Rabhartaigh or


Fingal

Balcarrick Beach, Donabate

Fingal County Council

TBC


Galway City

Silver Strand

Galway City Council

Barna Tidy Towns


Galway City

Salthill

Galway City Council

Galway Atlantaquaria Ltd


Galway County

Aillebrack/Silver Hill

Galway County Council

Aillebrack/Silver Hill Coast Care


Galway County

Dumhach Beach

Galway County Council

Inishbofin Development Company


Galway County

Trá Poll na gCaorach, Inis Oirr

Galway County Council

Comhar Caomhán Teoranta, Inis Oírr


Galway County

East End Bay, Inisbofin

Galway County Council

Inishbofin Development Company


Galway County

Renvyle Beach (The Whitestrand)

Galway County Council

Renvyle Beach Group


Kerry

Littor

Kerry County Council

Littor Clean Coast Group


Kerry

Waterville

Kerry County Council

An Coirean Coast Care


Kerry

Ballinskelligs

Kerry County Council

Ballinskelligs Tidy Town


Kerry

Castlegregory

Kerry County Council

Castlegregory Coast Care Group


Kerry

Béal Bán

Kerry County Council

Scoil An Fheirtearaigh


Louth

Seapoint Beach, Termonfeckin

Louth County Council

Costa Alainn


Mayo

Termon Beach

Mayo County Council

Comharchumann Forbartha Ionas Deirdhile


Mayo

Srah Beach

Mayo County Council

Claggan Island RSS


Mayo

Portacloy Beach

Mayo County Council

Comhar Dún Chaocháin Teoranta, Scéim Shóisialta Tuaithe Chill Chomáin


Mayo

Rinroe

Mayo County Council

Comhar Dún Chaocháin Teoranta, Scéim Shóisialta Tuaithe Chill Chomáin (The Kilcommon Rural Social Scheme)


Mayo

Tránaun, Inishturk

Mayo County Council

TBC


Meath

Mornington

Meath County Council

Beach Management Committee


Sligo

Rosses Point

Sligo County Council

Rosses Point Development Association Tidy Towns Committee; North West Sea Kayaking Association; Sligo Surf Lifesaving Club


Sligo

Streedagh Beach

Sligo County Council

North Sligo Playground Goups


Waterford

Guillamene Cove

Waterford City and County Council

Guillamene Swimming Club


Waterford

Ballyquin

Waterford City and County Council

Coast Care Group merged with Ardmore Tidy Towns Committee


Waterford

Annestown

Waterford City and County Council

Annestown Community Group


Waterford

Newtown Cove, Tramore

Waterford City and County Council

Newtown and Guillamene Swimming Club


Waterford

Goat Island Beach

Waterford City and County Council

Ardmore Tidy Towns Committee


Waterford

Curragh

Waterford City and County Council

Curragh Coast Care Group merged with Ardmore Tidy Towns Committee


Waterford

Kilfarrassey

Waterford City and County Council

Waterford SubAqua Club


Wexford

Cahore Point Beach

Wexford County Council

Ballygarrett Tidy Towns


Wexford

Ballyhealy

Wexford County Council

Wexford Sub Aqua Club


Wexford

Grange

Wexford County Council

Hook Tourism


Wexford

Old Bawn Beach

Wexford County Council

Ballygarrett Tidy Towns


Wexford

Baginbun Beach

Wexford County Council

Hook Tourism


Wexford

Cullenstown Strand

Wexford County Council

Friends of Cullenstown


Wexford

St. Helen's Bay

Wexford County Council

St Helens Bay Community Coastcare Group


Wexford

Culleton's Gap

Wexford County Council

Friends of the Raven


Wexford

Booley Bay

Wexford County Council

Hook Tourism