West Cork cleans up with Blue Flag and Green Coast awards

Grace Walsh (left) and Aíne Lane, students of St. Colman's Community College, Midleton flank Cllr. Mary Linehan-Foley, who deputised for the Mayor of the County of Cork at the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal. Picture: Martin Walsh.

Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, Deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork, presented a number of awards recognising the Blue Flag and Green Coast recipients of Cork County on Thursday, May 25th 2016 at the Quality Hotel Redbarn Youghal.  Cllr Linehan Foley was joined by Elected Members of Cork County Council, Council Officials, representatives of the emergency services (RNLI and Coast Guard) together with a number of representatives of local community groups.

The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognisable eco – labels, flying at beaches from Canada to New Zealand.  The Blue Flag confirms waters adhere to 33 stringent requirements and are identified as bathing areas.  Flags are awarded to areas with excellent facilities for visitors and for compliance with strict criteria in relation to water quality and safety, while the Green Coast award is given to areas of natural beauty and are considered ‘exceptional places to visit’. 

The Green Coast Award is a symbol of excellence with a strong emphasis on community and environmental activities.  These awards are not easily achieved and represent to the public, locations which have been rigorously assessed.

Cork County Council was awarded a total of 7 Blue Flags, up from 5 in 2016 and 12 Green Coast Awards, up from 10 last year at the National Presentation on May 23rd.  Cork County Blue Flags are Barleycove, Tragumna, Ownahincha, Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Garretstown and Redbarn.  12 Green Coast Awards were awarded in Ardnahinch/Shanagarry, Ballyrisode, Sheepshead, Galleycove, Garnish, Inch, Inchydoney East, Oysterhaven, RedStrand and Ring Beach Youghal, Rocky Bay and Fountainstown.

Cork County Council can also confirm that a full time Beach Lifeguard service has been made available at Fountainstown beach, ensuring the safety of visitors to a Green Coast beach within Metropolitan Cork.

Speaking at the presentation, Cllr Linehan Foley praised the efforts of all in meeting the standards of excellence required for a Blue Flag or Green Coast Award, ‘I would like to congratulate everyone involved in achieving these wonderful accolades for our County beaches.  The Blue Flag and Green Coast are awards to be cherished.  They recognise the real endeavour of Cork County Council to work toward the highest standards in beach management together with the commitment of our communities to promote the high standards and incredible pride we take in our coastal areas, both for ourselves and for our visitors.’

At the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal were (front, left to right): Enda O’Halloran, Acting MDO, Bandon/Kinsale, Bernard O’Sullivan, Goleen District Community Council, Sarah Sinnott, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council and Ed Coleman, Cork County Council. (Back, left to right): Sean O’Callaghan SEO, Cork County Council, Paul Murray, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council, Mary Ryan, Director of Services, CCC., Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley (deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Chairperson Environmental Strategic Policy Committee and Michael Tobin, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council. Photo: Martin Walsh.
At the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal were (Front row, left to right): Susan Vickers, An Tasice, Mike Walsh, Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge Community Counci, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley (deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork, Dave Clarke, SEO, Cork County Council, Mary Ryan, Director of Services, CCC., and Enda O’Halloran, Acting MDO, Bandon/Kinsale. Middle row (left to right): Dave Campbell, West Cork Municipal District, Paul Murray, Executive Engineer, CCC. (Youghal), Michael Tobin, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council (Clonakilkty) and Ed Coleman, Cork County Council, Kinsale. Back (left to right): Damien Murphy, Cork County Council (Bantry), Sarah Sinnott, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council (Schull), Jacinta Reynolds, Environment Dept, CCC, Bernard O’Sullivan, Goleen District Community Council and Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Chairperson Environmental Strategic Policy Committee. Photo: Martin Walsh.
Damien Murphy, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council accepts the Green Coast flag for Garnish and Doneen Pier from (left) Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley (deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork) and Mary Ryan, Director of Services, Cork County Council at the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal. Also included is Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Chairperson Environmental Strategic Policy Committee. Photo: Martin Walsh.
Michael Tobin, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council accepts the Green Coast flag for Red Strand beach from Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley (deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork) and Mary Ryan, Director of Services Cork County Council at the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal. Also included are (left to right): Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Chairperson Environmental Strategic Policy Committee and Dave Campbell, West Cork Municipal District. Photo: Martin Walsh.
Bernard O’Sullivan, Goleen District Community Council accepts the Green Coast flags for Ballyrisode and Galley Cove from Mary Ryan, Director of Services Cork County Council at the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal. Also included are (left to right): Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Chairperson Environmental Strategic Policy Committee, Sarah Sinnott, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council (Schull), Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley (deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork) and Susan Vickers, An Taisce. Photo: Martin Walsh.
Ed Coleman, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council accepts the Blue Flag for Garrettstown and Garrylucas beaches from (left) Mary Ryan, Director of Services, Cork County Council and Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley (deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork) at the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal. Also included (left to right): Enda O’Halloran, Acting MDO, Bandon/Kinsale, Claire Levis, Kinsale M.D,, Julian Renault, Harbour Master Kinsale, Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Chairperson Environmental Strategic Policy Committee and Claire O’Donovan, Kinsale M.D. Photo: Martin Walsh.
Michael Tobin, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council accepts the Blue Flag for Inchydoney and Ownahincha beaches from (left) Mary Ryan, Director of Services, Cork County Council and Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley (deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork) at the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal. Also included is Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Chairperson Environmental Strategic Policy Committee. Photo: Martin Walsh.
Sarah Sinnott, Executive Engineer, Cork County Council accepts the Blue Flag for Barley Cove & Tragumna beaches from Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley (deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork) and Mary Ryan, Director of Services, Cork County Council at the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal. Also included are Bernard O’Sullivan, Goleen District Community Council (extreme left) and Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Chairperson Environmental Strategic Policy Committee. Photo: Martin Walsh.
At the Blue Flags and Green Coast Beaches Awards ceremony that was held at the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Youghal were (left to right): Claire Levis, Kinsale Municipal District, Ed Coleman, Cork County Council, Kinsale and Claire O’Donovan, Kinsale Municipal District. Photo: Martin Walsh.
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