The Blue Flag is recognised around the world as an eco symbol of merit, with 49 countries worldwide participating.
The goal is to raise environmental awareness, and criteria includes excellent water quality, safety, cleanliness, clear signage and information, and more.
This year 85 beaches and all 10 marinas have been awarded Blue Flag status for 2022, with the addition of 7 additional Blue Flag beaches. Trá Inis Oírr, the main beach on Inis Oirr in Galway, has received a Blue Flag for the first time. In Cork, Fountainstown and Youghal Front Strand have regained Blue Flag status along with Balcarrick Beach in Donabate.
Also back with Blue Flag status are Ballymoney North Beach, Wexford and Ballybunion North Beach, Kerry.
Additionally, the Green Coast Awards recognise beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty. The award was given to 62 Irish beaches this year. Five beaches were awarded both a Green Coast Award and Blue Flag status for 2022:
- Balcarrick Beach, Donabate
- Baile an Sceilg (Ballinskelligs) Kerry,
- Salthill, Galway
- Silverstrand, Galway City
- Trá Inis Oirr, Galway.
- Ballycuggeran (Killaloe)
- Cappagh Pier
- Mountshannon, Lough Derg
- Spanish Point
- White Strand Doonbeg
- White Strand Miltown Malbay
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- Garrylucas, White Strand
- Inchydoney East Beach
- Inchydoney West Beach
- Owenahincha, Little Island Strand
- Redbarn Beach
- Warren, Cregane Strand
- Youghal, Claycastle
- Youghal, Front Strand Beach
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