Blue Flag Status for Fingal

by Rose Barrett
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Cllr Adrian Henchy, Mayor of Fingal congratulates the Fingal team and local community on Balcarrick Beach retaining its Blue Flag for 2024 writes Rose Barrett.

This award confirms that the relative beach has achieved “excellent” bathing water quality in the most recent annual classification.

Ten beaches have been awarded both the blue flag and green coast award: Among the ten was Balcarrick in Donabate, North Co Dubin.

“I’m absolutely delighted to see Donabate retain both the Blue Flag and Green Coasts awards. A massive thanks and well done to everyone involved in retaining this really important and prestigious status,” said Mayor Henchy.

One of the world’s most recognised eco-labels, the blue flag programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and eco-tourism boats around the globe.

The green coast awards recognise the work of coastal groups, which are comprised of thousands of volunteers who participate in community clean-ups.

Cathy Baxter, director of An Taisce’s environmental education unit, said the local authorities, marina operators and clean-coasts groups responsible for their management “have worked tirelessly to ensure that these sites meet the excellent standards required by the blue flag and green coast award”.

The green coast programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and eco-tourism boats around the world.

The beaches and marinas that have achieved this accolade must adhere to specific criteria on water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management for the duration of the bathing season.

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