Popular Cork beach achieves Blue Flag status for first time in almost a decade 

Popular Cork beach achieves Blue Flag status for first time in almost a decade 
Lifeguard Evan O'Broin keeping a watchful eye on swimmers while on duty at Claycastle Beach, Youghal, Co Cork.Pic: Brian Lougheeed

Claycastle beach in Youghal has achieved Blue Flag status for the first time in almost ten years.

A record 90 beaches and marinas nationwide have been awarded blue flag status this year.

Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor welcomed the news, saying it was significant for the Youghal area.

“It’s a very popular beach," he said. "Thousands of people go there when the weather is fine.

“It’s fantastic news for the town. We’re very much getting ready here to get back to business after a very difficult period for local businesses, and it’s very welcome news for visitors and locals alike." 

The reinstatement of the flag comes after a number of water quality issues in the area were rectified by a new treatment facility in the Breton Road area.

Redbarn Beach, Garrylucas, Garretstown, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Tragumna and Barleycove beaches have also achieved blue flag status for the 2020 bathing season.

The Kinsale Yacht Club, Kinsale Yacht Club Marina and The Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina are also featured on the list.

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