Seven beaches across Cork county have been awarded Blue Flag status for the 2019 bathing season, confirming they adhere to stringent requirements, high standards and strict compliance in relation to water quality, safety, and facilities.
Barleycove, Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Tragumna, Garretstown and Redbarn were all recognised for their excellence by the International Blue Flag and Green Coast Award Juries of An Taisce.
A further fourteen beaches receiving the National Green Coast Award, which is reserved for ‘exceptional places to visit’. It recognises community and environmental activity alongside natural beauty.
Ardnahinch, Ballyrisode, Doneen Pier, Fountainstown, Galley Cove, Garnish, Inch Strand, Inchydoney East, Oysterhaven, Red Strand, Ring, Rocky Bay, Sherkin Island’s Silver Strand have all retained their Green Coast Award’s and were joined by Cadogan’s Strand, Cork’s newest recipient.
These beaches have demonstrated excellent water quality and an unspoiled environment.
“The Council’s commitment to our quality beaches is recognised by our 7 Blue flag beaches and our 14 Green Coast Awards," Cork County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy said. "I would especially like to thank the communities that made this possible. Both of these awards would not be achievable without the dedicated hard work and consideration of our coastal communities towards their environment.
“Building on our successes of last year, 2019 bathing season will see the inclusion of five new lifeguard huts across the coast to improve safety and the ability of Cork County Council’s brave Lifesavers to respond to incidents.
“All of these achievements are the platform for our future success. With 19% Irelands Coast in our County, developing beaches is vital to our future.”