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MORE than 85 beaches and marinas have been given a prestigious Blue Flag status to reward excellent water quality and providing a range of amenities for bathers.
Some 81 beaches and five marinas were honoured this morning, while another 58 were given Green Coast Awards.
While there was an increase of six awards this year, three lost out due to issues with bathing water quality. They are Brittas Bay North in Wicklow, Enniscrone in Sligo and Skerries in Fingal.
The flags are awarded on a range of criteria, including water quality and facilities such as toilets being available to members of the public.
Speaking this morning, Environment Minister Alan Kelly said the Blue Flags represented “excellence” and were a “clear signal of quality and something to be cherished”.
“A blue flag flying at a particular location means that it has achieved excellent water quality to standards set by European and national Regulations, and a very high grade across a wide range of other criteria,” he said.
Blue Flag Awardees 2015
The Blue Flag is administered by An Taisce, and is awarded to beaches and marinas which meet 33 criteria. Beaches are divided below by Local Authority/Marina Operator
- Whitestrand Doonbeg
- Spanish Point
- Milltown Malbay
- Clare will be awarded 9 Blue Flags having retained 7 Blue Flags since last year. Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point have regained their Blue Flags having lost out last year due to ongoing construction works at the beach.
- Cork is awarded 7 Blue Flags. Cork has retained the Blue Flags for 5 beaches and regained the Blue Flag for Garretstown and Redbam.
- Donegal retains its 13 Blue Flags
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
- Sea Point
- DLR retains 2 Blue Flags
- Balcarrick, Donabate
- Fingal retains 3 Blue Flags having lost the Blue Flag for Skerries. Skerries was classified as Good.
- Cill Mhuirbhigh
- Tra an Doilin
- Tra Mhor, Indreabhan
- Glaway retains 5 Blue Flags
- Galway City retains 2 Blue Flags
- Ballybunnion North
- Ballybunion South
- White Strand
- Kerry has been awarded 13 Blue Flags retaining 12 Blue Flags from last year. Rossbeigh has regained its Blue Flag having lost out in 2014 due to construction works on the beach.
- Louth retains 3 Blue Flags
- Clare Island
- Ross Killala
- Golden Strand
- Silverstrand, Dugort
- Elly Bay
- Mayo has retained 10 Blue Flags since last year and regained Blue flags for Mulranny and Bertra.
- Rosses Point
- Sligo retains a Blue Flag for Rosses Point. Enniscrone has lost its Blue Flag due to failure to comply with water quality requirements.
- Councellors Strand
- Dunmore Strand
- Waterford has retained the Blue Flags for four beaches.
- Rosslare Strand
- Wexford will be awarded 5 Blue Flags having retained 4 and being awarded the Blue Flag for the first time to Ballinesker.
- Brittas Bay South
- Greystones South Beach
- Wicklow retains 2 Blue Flags and loses 1 Blue Flag for Brittas Bay North due to failure to comply with water quality requirements.