Blue Flags have been awarded to 87 beaches and marinas – the largest number in the history of the scheme.
The 84 beaches and three marinas that achieved the accolade had to meet criteria relating to water quality, information provision, environmental education and beach management.
There was good news for Dollymount in Dublin, which regained its Blue Flag after losing it last year. Also in Dublin, Skerries south and Donabate were awarded the Blue Flag for the first time since 1995 and 2007 respectively. Downings in Donegal was given it for the first time since 1999 and the Three Sisters Marina in
New Ross, Co Wexford, for the first time.
Skerries South Strand