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.’