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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Volunteers out in force for beach blitz

Published 30/04/2014 | 05:36

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Volunteers who generously gave of their time to help clean the Kerry coast as part of the Beach Blitz at the weekend.

VOLUNTEERS were out in force at the weekend to help clear Cockleshell Beach of rubbish and debris that was washed ashore during the winter storms.

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The small and picturesque beach near Blennerville is now back to its pristine best after volunteers spent several hours on Saturday clearing a huge volume of rubbish and debris from the area.

The beach clean up was organised by Clean Coasts Ireland and the management of the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre as part of the ongoing An Taisce CleanCoasts Beach Blitz, a voluntary effort which was organised to help repair the damage wrought by the storms in time for the busy summer tourist season. Around 30 large bags of rubbish were cleared from the beach and Sli Na N'ean area of Blennerville Village over the weekend.

The clean-up particularly highlighted the prevalence of dangerous plastics on our shores – material that can kill and cause serious harm to seabirds and marine animals.

"Following the severe winter storms this year our coastline has not only been battered heavily, beyond recognition in some areas, but also covered in litter, marine flotsam washed up from elsewhere in the oceans and, given the scale of the issue, it is up to our communities to make the difference" said Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre assistant manager David McCormick.

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