Three beaches in the North West have lost their Blue Flags in the latest round of awards from An Taisce.
According to The Irish Times, the popular surfing haunt of Bundoran in Co Donegal, along with Bertra Strand and Golden Strand in Co Mayo, failed to retain Blue Flag status in this year’s awards, which were announced today (Monday 20 May) at The Armada Hotel in Midtown Malbay, Co Clare.
However, Rathmullan Marina in Co Donegal secured its first ever Blue Flag to bring the overall numbers to just two down on last year’s total.
Blue Flag beaches and marinas must adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management.
In addition, 62 beaches have received the Green Coast Award for the 2018 bathing season — the highest number to date.
The Green Coast Award recognises beaches managed in partnership with local volunteer groups for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty.
The full list of Blue Flag and Green Coast Award recipients for this year is available to download below.