Cork County Council can confirm that seven beaches across Cork County have been awarded Blue Flag status, with a further fourteen beaches receiving the Green Coast Award, for the 2019 bathing season, by the International Blue Flag and Green Coast Award Juries of An Taisce.
The iconic Blue Flag confirms that beaches around the world adhere to stringent requirements, high standards and strict compliance in relation to water quality, safety, and facilities. This year’s awardees from Cork are Barleycove, Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Tragumna, Garretstown and Redbarn.
The National Green Coast Award is reserved for ‘exceptional places to visit’. It recognises community and environmental activity alongside natural beauty. Cork has also increased its number of green coast beaches from 13 to 14 this year.
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.
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