95 Irish beaches and marinas awarded prestigious 2022 Blue Flag awards 1 month ago

95 Irish beaches and marinas awarded prestigious 2022 Blue Flag awards

Is your favourite spot here?

They should make a movie about a beach, perhaps starring Leonardo DiCaprio. They could even set it in Ireland, given the deluge of stunning sandy escapes we have on offer across the country.

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But don't take your humble JOE beach correspondent's word for it – a host of International Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards have just been handed out for 2022.

On Friday (20 May), An Taisce, the governing body of protected sites for Ireland, announced the recipients, with Minister Michael Noonan conducting a ceremony at Curracloe Beach in Wexford.

Overall, a record-breaking 95 Blue Flags and 62 Green Coasts have been awarded. 85 beaches and 10 marinas were designated with Blue Flags, up by two on last year's total.

Seven beaches not awarded in 2021 have been highlighted for the coming bathing season – Trá Inis Oírr (Main Beach) in Galway; Fountainstown and Youghal Front Strand in Cork; Balcarrick, Donabate and Rush, South Beach in Fingal; Ballybunnion North Beach in Kerry and Ballymoney North Beach in Wexford.

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Originated in France in 1985, the Blue Flag award reflects excellence in environmental education, management, water quality, safety and services.

The full list of beaches is as follows:

#    LOCAL AUTHORITY    BEACH

1    Clare County Council    Ballycuggeran

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2    Clare County Council    Cappagh Pier, Kilrush

3    Clare County Council    Fanore

4    Clare County Council    Kilkee

5    Clare County Council    Lahinch

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6    Clare County Council    Mountshannon, Lough Derg

7    Clare County Council    Spanish Point

8    Clare County Council    White Strand Doonbeg

9    Clare County Council    White Strand Miltown Malbay

10    Cork County Council    Barley Cove

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11    Cork County Council    Fountainstown

12    Cork County Council    Garretstown

13    Cork County Council    Garrylucas, White Strand

14    Cork County Council    Inchydoney East Beach

15    Cork County Council    Inchydoney West Beach

16    Cork County Council    Owenahincha, Little Island Strand

17    Cork County Council    Redbarn

18    Cork County Council    Tragumna

19    Cork County Council    Youghal, Claycastle

20    Cork County Council    Youghal, Front Strand

21    Donegal County Council    Culdaff

22    Donegal County Council    Bundoran

23    Donegal County Council    Carrickfinn

24    Donegal County Council    Downings

25    Donegal County Council    Fintra

26    Donegal County Council    Killahoey

27    Donegal County Council    Marble Hill

28    Donegal County Council    Murvagh

29    Donegal County Council    Naran

30    Donegal County Council    Portsalon

31    Donegal County Council    Rossnowlagh

32    Donegal County Council    Stroove

33    Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council    Killiney

34    Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council    Seapoint

35    Fingal County Council    Balcarrick, Donabate

36    Fingal County Council    Portmarnock, Velvet Strand Beach

37    Fingal County Council    Rush, South Beach

38    Galway City Council    Salthill Beach

39    Galway City Council    Silverstrand Beach

40    Galway County Council    An Trá Mór, Coill Rua, Indreabhán

41    Galway County Council    Bathing Place at Portumna

42    Galway County Council    Cill Mhuirbhigh, Inis Mór

43    Galway County Council    Loughrea Lake

44    Galway County Council    Trá an Dóilín, An Ceathrú Rua

45    Galway County Council    Trá Inis Oírr (Main Beach)

46    Kerry County Council    Baile an Sceilg (Ballinskelligs)

47    Kerry County Council    Ballybunion North Beach

48    Kerry County Council    Ballybunion South Beach

49    Kerry County Council    Ballyheigue

50    Kerry County Council    Banna Strand

51    Kerry County Council    Doire Fhíonáin (Derrynane)

52    Kerry County Council    Fenit

53    Kerry County Council    Fionntrá (Ventry)

54    Kerry County Council    Inch

55    Kerry County Council    Kells

56    Kerry County Council    Maharabeg

57    Kerry County Council    Rossbeigh, White Strand

58    Kerry County Council    White Strand, Caherciveen

59    Louth County Council    Clogherhead

60    Louth County Council    Port, Lurganboy

61    Louth County Council    Shelling Hill/Templetown

62    Mayo County Council    Dooega Beach, Achill Island

63    Mayo County Council    Dugort Beach, Achill Island

64    Mayo County Council    Elly Bay, Belmullet

65    Mayo County Council    Golden Strand, Achill Island

66    Mayo County Council    Keel Beach, Achill Island

67    Mayo County Council    Keem Beach, Achill Island

68    Mayo County Council    Mullaghroe Beach, Belmullet

69    Mayo County Council    Mulranny Beach

70    Mayo County Council    Ross Beach, Killala

71    Sligo County Council    Rosses Point Beach

72    Waterford City & County Council    Ardmore Beach

73    Waterford City & County Council    Clonea Beach

74    Waterford City & County Council    Counsellors' Strand, Dunmore East

75    Waterford City & County Council    Dunmore Strand, Dunmore East

76    Waterford City & County Council    Tramore Beach

77    Wexford County Council    Ballinesker

78    Wexford County Council    Ballymoney North Beach

79    Wexford County Council    Carne

80    Wexford County Council    Curracloe

81    Wexford County Council    Morriscastle

82    Wexford County Council    Rosslare Strand

83    Wicklow County Council    Bray South Promenade

84    Wicklow County Council    Brittas Bay North

85    Wicklow County Council    Greystones South Beach

And the list of marinas looks like this:

 #    County    Site Name

1    Cork    Kinsale Yacht Club

2    Cork    The Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina

3    Clare    Kilrush Marina

4    Donegal    Greencastle Marina

5    Donegal    Rathmullan Marina

6    Kerry    Fenit Marina

7    Kerry    Portmagee Seasonal Pontoon

8    Westmeath    Quigley's Marina, Killinure Point

9    Wexford    Kilmore Quay Marina

10    Wexford    New Ross Marina

As for the Green Coast awards, the map looks like this:

"This year celebrates 35 years of the Blue Flag as an international programme and during that time the Blue Flag has become an internationally recognised symbol of high standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety," said Minister Noonan.

"I am pleased to be presenting 95 blue flags and 62 green coast awards today and want to commend the great efforts made by local authorities, An Taisce, coastal communities and volunteers for their work around the country."