Ballymoney on the money again as one of six with Blue Flag status
The coveted status of blue flag beach has been awarded to Ballymoney North Beach this year as it re-joins an illustrious group of beaches across the county honoured with the accolade.
In the press over recent months following changes to bye laws surrounding access to blue flag beaches for dogs at peak summer hours, blue flag beaches must meet strict standards each year to retain the flag.
The following Wexford beaches have made the list this year: Ballinesker, Ballymoney North Beach, Carne, Curracloe, Morriscastle and Rosslare Strand.
The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels. Originating in France in 1985 it was launched as an International programme as part of the "European Year of the Environment in 1987. 2022 is the 35th year that beaches and marinas have been awarded here in Ireland and the 95 beaches and marinas being awarded is the highest annual total to date.
The programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and eco-tourism boats around the world. The 85 Irish beaches and 10 marinas that have achieved this accolade must adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management.
Ballymoney North Beach was one of seven beaches nationally – not awarded the status in 2021, who have reclaimed it this year.
The Green Coast awarded beaches for 2022 in Co Wexford are: Cahore Point Beach, Old Bawn Beach (located between Cahore and Morriscastle beaches), Culleton’s Gap, St Helen’s Bay, Ballyhealy, Cullenstown Strand, Baginbun Beach, Booley Bay and Grange.
Kilmore Quay Marina and New Ross (Three Sisters) Marina have been awarded blue flag status for 2022, in recognition of the continuing excellent standards at both facilities.
Welcoming the news that Ballymoney had won back its blue flag, Senator Malcolm Byrne said: “It is wonderful news that so many beaches and marinas in Co Wexford have retained their blue flag status announced today, but it is particularly welcome to see the restoration of that status for the beautiful North Beach at Ballymoney, where the flag had been absent.
“I was delighted to be at the announcement ceremony in Curracloe Friday. I spent so much of my childhood on Ballymoney beach and it is a really special place.”