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Has your local beach or bathing spot been given a Blue Flag this year?

The full list is here. Did your favourite bathing place make it?

THIS YEAR’S BLUE Flags – for excellent water quality – have been announced.

81 beaches and 5 marinas have been awarded the flags – an increase in 6 since last year.

Five beaches that failed to come up to standard last year because of storm damage have regained their status, namely:

  • Bertra and Mulranny in Mayo
  • Rossbeigh in Kerry 
  • Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point in Clare

Three beaches lost theirs, meanwhile, due to failure to comply with requirements:

  • Brittas Bay North in Wicklow
  • Enniscrone in Sligo
  • Skerries in Fingal, north Dublin

blue Pupils from Scoil MhicIl Naofa, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, running along the beach with their Blue Flag. Valerie O'Sullivan Valerie O'Sullivan

Here’s the full list of beaches…


Port, Templetown, Clogherhead – all retain flags.


Balcarrick – Donabate, Portrane, Portmarnock – all retain flags. Skerries loses out.


Killiney, Seapoint – retain flags


Brittas South, Greystones South – retain flags. Brittas North loses out


Blue Flags for Curracloe, Courtown, Morriscastle, Rosslare Strand, Ballinesker


Waterford retains flags for Clonea, Councellors Strand, Dunmore Strand, Tramore.


Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Barleycove, Tragumna all retain flags. Redbarn and Garretstown regain theirs.


Retaining their flags: Ballinskelligs, Ballybunion North, Ballybunion South, Ballyheigue, Banna, Derrynane, Fenit, Inch, Kells, Maherabeg, Ventry, White Strand

Regaining: Rossbeigh


Retaining:  Ballycuggeran, Kilkee, Whitestrand Doonbeg, Mountshannon, Cappa, Fanore, Lahinch

Regaining: Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay


Traught, Cill Mhuirbhigh, Loughrea, Tra an Doilin, Tra Mhor Indreabhan – all retain flags


Salthill & Silverstrand keep their flags


Retained: Dooega, Carrowmore, Clare Island, Ross Killala, Golden Strand, Mullaghroe, Silverstrand – Dugort, Keel, Elly Bay and Keem

Regained: Bertra, Mulranny

Winter weather Jan 15th 2015 Rosses Point in Sligo PA WIRE PA WIRE


Rosses Point retains flag. Enniscrone loses


Bundoran, Culdaff, Fintra, Downings, Killahoey, Marblehill, Lisfannon, Murvagh, Naran,Magherawarden, Shroove, Rossnowlagh, Carrickfinn – all retain flags


The following marinas retain flags: Killinure Marina in Westmeath, New Ross Marina and Kilmore Quay in Wexford, and The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork

Kinsale Yacht Club gets a Blue Flag for the first time

Green Coast

Separately, 58 beaches have been awarded a Green Coast award this year for their “clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty”.

Six beaches are being presented both awards: Portmarnock, Portrane and Donabate in Fingal, north Dublin; Salthill and Silver Strand in Galway, and Rosses Point in Sligo.

Read: Life’s a beach: Blue Flag status awarded to eight more than in 2010

Read: Swim ban at Killiney and White Rock beaches due to high levels of E. Coli 

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