10 Blue Flag Marinas,
80 Blue Flag Beaches and
60 Green Coast Awards
10 Blue Flag Marinas
Kilrush Marina and Portmagee Seasonal Pontoons, both managed by Kilrush Marina Ltd. Have been awarded in 2020. Kilrush Marina under previous management was last awarded a Blue Flag in 2005. Portamagee Seasonal Pontoons is a first time Blue Flag recipient.
This makes a total of 10 marinas throughout the country to achieve the Blue Flag award -
- Kilrush Marina
- Portmagee Seasonal Pontoons
- Greencastle Marina
- Rathmullan Marina
- Fenit Marina Marina
- Kinsale Yacht Club
- Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina
- Kilmore Quay Marina
- New Ross Marina
- Quigleys Marina, Killinure Point, Co. Westmeath Marina.
All our coastal marinas are essential as safe havens for cruising boats and the high environmental standards of Blue Flag help sailors and motor sailors to reduce their impact on the environment and even share educational programmes with local communities.
80 Blue Flag beaches
The lesser-known Green Coast award has been presented to 60 coasts around the country, many of which are homes to Irish Saling clubs and centres.
Sailing and Sustainability
Gail MacAllister, Irish Sailing Sustainability Officer and An Taisce Blue Flag Judge shared her views on the programme, "I am so impressed with the level of work the team at An Taisce put into ensuring the award scheme standards are kept high and how they support and advise venues in the process. This links in really well our sustainability programme to reduce sailing's impact on our environment.".
See https://www.sailing.ie/Our-Environment for useful links and advice for your own club or centre or boat.
In announcing the awards from home via Facebook Live Mr. Ian Diamond, Coastal Awards Manager with An Taisce’s Environmental Education unit concluded “Visits to the beach this summer will not be the same, while we go to the beach to relax and unwind we still have to be mindful of the need to social distance and bringing hand sanitizer in addition to sunscreen with us will take some getting use to. We must also bear in mind the additional pressure being put on local authorities to manage our beaches in the most difficult of circumstances. With unprecedented numbers forced to stay at home for the past few months from work and school we must be cognisant of the challenges facing those managing our beaches. In the same manner as we have all worked together against Covid-19 we must all exercise personal responsibility to enjoy our beaches in a safe and sustainable way. I am delighted to announce today the recipients of 90 Blue Flags and 60 Green Coast Awards for 2020. I would like to congratulate the Local Authorities, community groups and marina managers on their success in achieving Blue Flag or Green Coast Award status. I would also like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer”
If your marina or coastal group are interested in joining the list of successful flagged venues contact Ian Diamond, firstname.lastname@example.org or would like advice on becoming more environmentally friendly and sustainbable contact Gail on email@example.com.
See full award press release from An Taisce HERE.