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Dublin & Donegal Beaches Lose Out On Blue Flags In Record Year For Irish Bathing Quality Overall

23rd May 2017
Killiney Beach has been plagued by water quality issues in recent years Killiney Beach has been plagued by water quality issues in recent years Photo: William Murphy/Wikimedia

#CoastalNotes - Two beaches in the Dublin area and one in Donegal have lost their Blue Flag status in the latest list of EU beach quality awards.

According to, Balcarrick in Donabate, North Co Dublin and Killiney in South Dublin both fell short of the EU’s standards for bathing water quality this year.

Lisfannon in Co Donegal was also left off the list in 2017, which overall was a record year for Ireland with 88 Blue Flags awarded nationwide – three more than last year.

Galway coastal residents will be happy to see Portumna get its first Blue Flag, after recent reports of poor bathing quality at three other beaches in the county.

And the promenade at Bray in North Co Wicklow regains its Blue Flag status for the first time since 2000.

As reported earlier today on, seven Irish marinas have been awarded Blue Flags this year, with Greencastle in Co Donegal achieving top status for the first time.

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