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Three Blue Flags set to fly at Fingal beaches in Portmarnock, Donabate and Rush


Three local beaches will fly the Blue Flag, this summer.

Three local beaches will fly the Blue Flag, this summer.

Three local beaches will fly the Blue Flag, this summer.


There was good news for Fingal with the awarding of Blue Flag beaches, as Portmarnock’s Velvet Strand retained its flag while beaches in Donabate and Rush managed to rever their Blue Flag status.

Reacting to the news, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to hear about the awarding of three blue flags to beaches in Fingal.

“We have two wonderful new additions this year with Balcarrick in Donabate and Rush South Beach being recognised, and it’s fantastic that Velvet Strand in Portmarnock has once again retained its status. It’s also significant that Balcarrick Beach has been awarded a Green Coast Award which recognises beaches of high environmental quality.

“So for any of us who love the 88km of our picturesque coastline, those of us who like to walk on the beach or for anyone who likes to get in the sea, this is brilliant news.

“Well done to everyone in the council and our community for making this happen.”

Local TD Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien has also welcomed the news that Portmarnock’s Velvet Strand, Rush South Beach and Balcarrick Beach in Donabate have all been awarded a Blue Flag.

He said: “The Blue Flag is an international award for beach excellence and is operating in Ireland by An Taisce, with support from my Department for 35 years now.

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“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.

“Winning a Blue Flag award is a collective effort with local authorities, An Taisce, local coastal communities and other volunteers on the ground all playing their part. There are many strong advocates for each of these beaches in our community over the past number of years and we know that these awards are a fantastic vote of confidence for both the residents and visitors who enjoy these beaches.

“My Department and indeed the wider Government is committed to supporting programmes such as the Blue Flag and Green Coast Award and to building on them to achieve positive changes in environmental behaviour countrywide.”