Blue Flag beaches

  • The Mayo beaches of Bertra and Golden Strand only missed out narrowly on achieving blue flag status this year.

    That's according to Mayo County Council's Environment & Climate Change section, which says that - based on bathing water tests carried out between 2015 and 2018 - both beaches narrowly failed to meet the levels for excellent water quality, but still enjoy very good quality.

    Mayo was yesterday awarded 10 blue flags - which is an international award that recognises beach excellence and water quality.

    However, due to the stringent criteria, Bertra beach in Westport and Golden Strand in Achill lost out.

    Mayo was also awarded 7 Green Coast awards for Tranaun beach on Inisturk, Termon beach, Srah, Cross, Carrowniskey, Portacloy and Rinroe beach - which won a green coast award for the first time.

    However, Silver Strand beach in Louisburg has lost out this year.

    Caroline Goucher of Mayo County Council says it's expected that the three Mayo beaches that lost their blue flag or green coast status this year will regain them in the near future....

  • The need for better infrastructure to be provided by Mayo County Council on the access roads to Mayo blue flag beaches, and on the beaches themselves, was raised by Fine Gael Westport based councillor Peter Flynn at this month’s meeting of Mayo County Council.

    While the councillor said the local authority does a good job on retaining blue flag beach status on beaches across the county, nonetheless, he believes the emphasis and efforts cannot be simply confined to water quality and safety. The need for better roads, maintenance of culverts, and other basic infrastructure he argues, is equally important.

    He highlighted problems at two of the county’s Blue Flag beaches  - at Clare island and at Old Head.

    Councillor Flynn outlined his concerns to Midwest News today.

  • Mayo has retained its 12 Blue Flag beach awards for 2018.

    An Taisce has today announced the international Blue Flag and Green Coast Award recipients for 2018.

    The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels, and a record 90 beaches and marinas in Ireland have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag this year – an increase of two on last year.

    The Blue Flag is an award of excellence, for beaches and marinas that comply with strict criteria relating to water quality, safety, facilities for visitors, beach management, environmental education and the provision of information.

    Co Kerry is leading the way with 14 blue flag beaches, with 13 for Donegal and 12 for Mayo –the same as last year.

    Mayo’s Blue Flag beaches are Bertra, Carrowmore, Clare Island, Dooega, Elly Bay, Golden Strand, Keel, Keem, Mullaghroe, Mulranny, Silverstrand Dugort and Ross, Killala.

    In addition, 59 beaches in Ireland- including 7 in Mayo – have been presented with Green Coast Awards for 2018.

    Tranaun on Inisturk is a first-time recipient of the award this year.

  • Two Mayo beaches have lost their Blue Flag status this year.

    Mayo has today been awarded 10 Blue Flags, but Bertra beach in Westport and Golden Strand in Achill have lost their blue flag status in 2019.

    The Blue Flag is an international award for beach excellence, and is operated in Ireland by An Taisce.

    88 Blue Flags were awarded today in total.

    Co Kerry leads the way with 13 blue flag beaches, Donegal is next with 11 and Mayo is in third place with 10 blue flags.

    The 2019 Mayo blue flags have been awarded to Carrowmore, Clare Island Dooega, Elly Bay, Keel, Keem, Mullahgmore, Mulranny, Ross Killala and Silver Strand Dugort.

    Rosses Point in Sligo has retained its blue flag status, while 8 blue flags were awarded in Galway City and County.


    Mayo was also awarded 7 Green coast awards.

    These awards are given to beaches which have excellent water quality, but may be less developed and less populated than Blue Flag beaches.

    The Mayo beaches included in the Green Coast awards are Tranaun on Inisturk, Termon Beach, Srah, Portacloy, Cross Beach in Belmullet, Carrowniskey and Rinroe beach.