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June 2017 - Blue Flag Awards

The number of sites receiving the award is up 3 on 2016, whilst 3 of the beaches awarded in 2016 did not retain Blue Flag status, the Blue Flag will be raised for the first time at both Portumna in County Galway and at Greencastle Marina in County Donegal. Bray South Promenade regains Blue Flag status, having not flown the Flag since 2000. Redbarn and Garretstown in Cork and Ross in County Mayo regained Blue Flag status lost in 2016.

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland is responsible for the operation of the Blue Flag programme in Ireland on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE).

Sites not retaining Blue Flag status for the 2017 season

The Blue Flag requires applicants to achieve an annual classification of ‘Excellent’, the highest rating achievable under current bathing water legislation. The following beaches did not retain Blue Flag status for the 2017 as a result of the annual bathing water classification being downgraded from Excellent to Good status based on samples taken over the previous 4 bathing seasons:

Lisfannon in Donegal,
Killiney in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Balcarrick, Donabate in Fingal.



May 2017

Check out the latest report on bathing water quality conducted by the EPA.see splash.epa.ie for all the details.

the good news is that 73% of bathing waters surveyed had 'excellent' water quality. just 6 locations - in Dublin and Galway- failed to make the cut and were found to have poor water quality.




July 2015

what do you think of their list?



April 2015

Check out the EPA's 2014 report on bathing water quality which has just been published. 75% of our waters are described as 'excellent' 11% described as good. 7 locations were identified as being of 'poor ' quality and these are identified in the report.

Remember though that this is a 2014 report so things might have improved, or disimproved, since then.


August 2014

a good week swimming on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran islands. lots of nice places to swim, with the Worm Hole particularly special.


July 2014

nice new locations added in Bunclody, Co. Wexford and Lahinch, Kilkee and Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare.


June 2014

Blue Flag Awards 2014

The 2014 blue flag awards have just been announced,with 80 flags awarded to beaches and marinas. This is a great achievement considering the damage done to coastal locations during the winter storms.

Check out www.beachawards.ie for all the details



May 2014

The good news from the latest Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) report on bathing water is that 97% of locations tested, thats 131 out of 135, had what is called ' sufficient' water quality. that's a big improvement on the 2012 results.

Check out the very useful www.splashepa.ie site which gives you info on each location





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