Flying the Blue Flag at Seapoint and Killiney Beach

by Aishling Conway
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New lifeguards and Councillor Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council were on location at Seapoint Beach this week to officially raise the blue flag and mark the beginning of bathing season. dlr are delighted once again to obtain the Blue Flag status for Seapoint and Killiney beaches.

Speaking at the commencement of the bathing season, Councillor Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said:

The Blue Flag awards for another year confirms that excellent water quality standards have been achieved at Seapoint and Killiney beach. It also demonstrates the continuing commitment of dlr in managing our unique and diverse coastline. I would like to thank and congratulate the dlr Cleansing and Beaches section for their hard work throughout the year.

Peter Buckley, A/Senior Engineer said:

Our Cleansing & Beaches team are proud that a Blue Flag status award has been granted for both Killiney and Seapoint. Both beaches are very popular with bathers and beach users throughout the summer, and it is a great achievement to have obtained the award again this year. We strive to maintain our bathing water sampling regime and to keep our scenic beaches litter free for the public to enjoy.

We would like to thank all our lifeguards, and to all the people who have kindly helped with Beach Clean-ups in the past year. The Blue Flag programme is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and requires that a number of key criteria are complied with as per the application process. A detailed submission is made at the end of the year and sets out key information regarding bathing water quality results over the previous 4 years of the Bathing Season, the type of information that is displayed at the beach, what environmental education measures are in place and what the safety and environmental management processes are for the beach in question. The application is comprehensive and requires a lot of input and preparation. The process highlights the significance on maintaining high standards on the beaches in terms of water quality testing, litter management and safety measures. The results for all Blue Flag applications were released at an awards ceremony led by An Taisce and Blue Flags are flown only when Lifeguards are on duty between the 1st of June to the 15th of September.

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