Beach Quality Awards 2014

Mr Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has welcomed the presentation of 134 beach awards, an increase of 15 on the 2013 number.


Presenting the Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards at a ceremony in Skerries, Co. Dublin, the Minister expressed satisfaction with the awarding of 80 Blue Flags (76 beaches and 4 marinas) this year. This was an increase of 6 over the 2013 number. Minister Hogan noted that the number could have been higher but for the destruction caused by the winter storms.


‘I am pleased to say that a total of 134 beach awards will be made today. This represents an increase of 15 on the 2013 awards and is testament to the sterling efforts of communities, local authorities and An Taisce. Results might even have been better except for the devastation of the storms last winter which caused significant damage in some areas’, the Minister said


The Minister went on to say that Blue Flags represent excellence and are internationally recognised. ‘The Blue Flag is a clear signal of quality. I am delighted to announce that today we will be awarding a total of 80 Blue Flags, for locations that have achieved excellent water quality and a very high standard across a wide range of other criteria, including environmental education, management of the environment, safety and other services’.


Minister Hogan also stated that ‘Behind each of the 80 recipients lies a team of people who worked hard to make the grade and to each and every one of them I extend my sincere congratulations.


54 Green Coast Awards were presented for 2014.  This represents an increase of 9 on the 2013 number. ‘These recognise excellence in environmental standards and sustainable management.  They generally apply to beaches which do not have the full suite of facilities associated with the Blue Flag.  Although visitor numbers to these beaches may not be as high, it is nevertheless important for the environment, the local community and tourists alike that these beaches also achieve high standards’.


An important aspect of the Green Coast Awards is the involvement of Coastcare Volunteer Groups. There are now over 400 active Coastcare groups established throughout the island.  The Minister paid tribute to the work of these groups stating that ‘Ireland has over 5,000 kilometres of coastline and coast community groups provide an invaluable contribution to the protection and enhancement of the coastal resource’.


Recipients today should be enormously proud of their efforts in achieving these hard won awards,the Minister concluded.


  1. List of Blue Flag Awards 2014
  1. Local Authority/Marina Operator
Awarded Beach/Marina Details
Louth Port Louth retains 3 Blue Flags
Louth Templetown
Louth Clogherhead
Fingal Skerries South Beach Fingal regains 4 Blue Flags having lost the Blue Flags in 2013 due to non-compliance with the excellent standard of the new BWD.
Fingal Balcarrick, Donabate
Fingal Portrane
Fingal Portmarnock
DLR Killiney DLR retain 2 Blue Flags.
DLR SeaPoint
Wicklow Brittas Bay North Wicklow retains 3 Blue Flags.
Wicklow Greystones South Beach
Wicklow Brittas Bay South
Wexford Curracloe Wexford retains 3 Blue Flags for Curracloe, Courtown and Rosslare Strand and has regained the Blue Flag for Morriscastle after not being awarded in 2013.
Wexford Courtown
Wexford Morriscastle
Wexford Rosslare Strand
Waterford Clonea Waterford has retained the Blue Flag for 2 beaches Tramore and Clonea and has regained the Blue Flag for Councellors Strand and Dunmore Strand.
Waterford Councellors Stand
Waterford Dunmore Strand
Waterford Tramore
Cork Garrylucas Cork has retained the Blue Flags for 5 beaches.
Cork Inchydoney
Cork Owenahincha
Cork Barleycove
Cork Tragumna
Kerry Ballinskelligs Kerry has retained 11 Blue Flags since last year.

Rossbeigh beach has lost its Blue Flag due to ongoing construction at the beach as a result if considerable storm damage.

Ballybunnion North has regained the Blue Flag status.

Kerry Ballybunion North
Kerry Ballybunion South
Kerry Ballyheigue
Kerry Banna
Kerry Derrynane
Kerry Fenit
Kerry Inch
Kerry Kells
Kerry Maherabeg
Kerry Rossbeigh
Kerry Ventry
Kerry White Strand
Clare Ballycuggeran Clare has retained 5 Blue Flags since last year.

Kilkee retains its Blue Flag in spite of ongoing construction works as a result of storm damage.

Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point were not awarded the Blue Flag due to ongoing construction works  primarily as a result of storm damage.

Clare Whitestrand Doonbeg
Clare Mountshannon
Clare Cappa
Clare Fanore




Galway Traught Galway retains 5 Blue Flags.
Galway Cill Mhuirbhigh
Galway Loughrea
Galway Tra an Doilin
Galway Tra Mor, Indreabhan
Galway City Salthill Galway City retains 2 Blue Flags.
Galway City Silverstrand
Mayo Dooega Mayo has retained 10 Blue Flags since last year.

Mulranny and Bertra have lost their Blue Flags as a result of storm damaged beaches.

Mayo Carrowmore
Mayo Clare Is.
Mayo Ross Killala
Mayo Golden Strand
Mayo Mullaghroe
Mayo Silverstrand, Dugort
Mayo Keel
Mayo Elly Bay
Mayo Keem
Sligo Rosses Point Sligo retains its 2 Blue Flags.
Sligo Enniscrone
Donegal Bundoran Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags.
Donegal Culdaff
Donegal Fintra
Donegal Downings
Donegal Killahoey
Donegal Marblehill
Donegal Lisfannon
Donegal Murvagh
Donegal Naran
Donegal Magherawarden
Donegal Shroove
Donegal Rossnowlagh
Donegal Carrickfinn
County Marina  
Westmeath Killinure Marina  
Wexford Kilmore Quay  
Wexford New Ross Marina  
Cork The Royal Cork Yacht Club  






Beach Name Award Details
Cork Ardnahinch Cork has retained 9 Green Coast Awards for
Cork Ballyrisode
Cork Dooneen Pier
Cork Galley Cove
Cork Garnish
Cork Inch
Cork Oysterhaven
Cork Ring
Cork Rocky Bay
Donegal Ballyhernan Donegal has retained 6 Green Coast Awards.
Donegal Dooey Beach
Donegal Drumnatinney
Donegal Magheroarty
Donegal Port Arthur
Donegal Rathmullan
Fingal Balcarrick Fingal has regained the GCA for 4 beaches.

These 4 beaches are dual award achieving Blue Flag status also.

Fingal Portrane
Fingal Skerries South
Fingal The Velvet Strand Portmarnock
Galway Aillebrack Galway has retained 6 Green Coast Awards and has been awarded the Green Coast Award for Trá gCaorach Inis Oirr. Dog’s Bay has been withdrawn as a result of storm damage.
Galway Dog’s Bay
Galway Dumhach
Galway East End Inisbofin
Galway Renvyle
Galway Trá Inis Oirr
Galway Trá gCaorach Inis Oirr
Galway City Salthill Galway City has retained 2 Green Coast Awards.
Galway City

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