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All Ten Irish Marinas Retain Blue Flag Status for 2021

26th May 2021
Kinsale Yacht Club is West Cork has retained its Blue Flag status for 2021
Kinsale Yacht Club is West Cork has retained its Blue Flag status for 2021 Credit: Bob Bateman

All 10 marinas awarded a Blue Flag in 2020 have been awarded a Blue Flag for the coming season.

Of the 26 counties, four have two Blue Flags and two counties have one.

The International Blue Flag and Green Coast Award recipients for 2021 were announced by the Education Unit of An Taisce yesterday.

As Afloat reported, the number of Blue Flags awarded this season set a new record for the Republic of Ireland for beaches and marinas.

 Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina on the Owenabue river in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour has retained its Blue Flag for 2021Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina on the Owenabue river in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour has retained its Blue Flag for 2021 Photo: Bob Bateman

The retention of Blue Flag status at both Kinsale Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club means that Cork has a total of 12 Blue Flag beaches and marinas a record annual haul for the rebel county.

Quigley's Marina, Killinure Point on the River Shannon in County West Meath has retained the Blue Flag awarded in 2020. Quigleys' Marina has been awarded every year since 2003.

The 10 marinas (from a coastal network of approximately 60 marinas and pontoons) that have achieved this accolade must adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management.

The Ten 2021 Irish Blue Flag Marinas are: 

WEXFORD

  • Kilmore Quay Marina
  • New Ross: Three Sisters Marina

CORK

  • Royal Cork Yacht Club
  • Kinsale Yacht Club

KERRY

  • Portmagee seasonal Visitors pontoon
  • Fenti Marina

CLARE

  • Kilrush Marina

WESTMEATH

  • Quigley's Marina  

DONEGAL

  • Rathmullan Marina
  • Greencastle Marina
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