Blue Flag Awards 2019

22 May, 2019

A total of 80 beaches and eight marinas in Ireland have received the prestigious Blue Flag award for 2019, reflecting their excellence in environmental education, management, water quality, safety and services.The awards were announced by An Taisce, the governing body of protected sites for Ireland, at a ceremony in The Armada Hotel, overlooking Spanish point Blue Flag beach in Miltown Malbay in Clare, on Monday afternoon.
The number of sites receiving the award is down two on last year’s record total.

Rathmullan Marina in Donegal has achieved Blue Flag Status for the first time this year, while all seven marinas, including Kinsale Yacht Club Marina, awarded in 2018 have retained Blue Flag status for the coming season.

80 of the 83 beaches awarded in 2018 retained Blue Flag Status for 2019.

Bundoran in Donegal was unsuccessful due to a failure to meet the required water quality standard, while Mayo County Council did not apply for a Blue Flag for Bertra or Golden Strand for 2019 after both beaches were awarded a Blue Flag last year.

All three beaches were classified as having good water quality, but an excellent water rating is required for a Blue Flag award.


Hon Treasurer Patrick Becket was on hand to collect the coveted award on behalf of KYC and Rear Commodore Matthias Helstern commented afterwards; this is a great achievement for Kinsale Yacht Club and congratulations to all the staff for their hard work ensuring the club retained its blue flag status and also to the berth holders for their continued support.  A lot of work goes on in the background to ensure the Club Marina remains a top quality facility and thank you to all.