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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Blue flag retained for Bray south beach

David Forde, District Administrator; Stephen Fox, Executive Engineer; Tom Bailey, Town Foreman; Phil Harris, assistant caretaker; Cllr Pat Vance, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council; Liam Bourke, District Engineer and Declan Harris, Bray Seafront caretaker
David Forde, District Administrator; Stephen Fox, Executive Engineer; Tom Bailey, Town Foreman; Phil Harris, assistant caretaker; Cllr Pat Vance, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council; Liam Bourke, District Engineer and Declan Harris, Bray Seafront caretaker

Mary Fogarty

Bray's south promenade has regained the Blue Flag status for 2019.

'I'm absolutely thrilled that Bray has regained the Blue Flag status,' said outgoing Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District Pat Vance. 'This is the third consecutive year that our bathing waters have achieved 100 per cent compliance with EU standards, and not to mention that our stunning beach is well managed, safe and accessible for beach users,' he said.

'A massive thanks to many local voluntary community organisations like Bray Tidy Towns and Bray Coastcare as well as Wicklow County Council outdoor staff, council executive and local councillors who have always been committed to ensuring high standards are maintained along Bray seafront which is a major asset to the town.'

A total of 80 beaches and eight marinas in Ireland have received the prestigious Blue Flag award for 2019, reflecting their excellence in environmental education, management, water quality, safety and services.

The awards were announced by An Taisce, the governing body of protected sites for Ireland. An Taisce coastal awards manager Ian Diamond said: 'The Blue Flag is an award of excellence, the beaches and marinas that have achieved this accolade have complied with strict criteria relating to water quality; safety, facilities for visitors, beach management, environmental education and the provision of information.'

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