Bye-laws controlling the dog walking on Blue Flag beaches have today been adopted by Mayo County Council.
Mayo County Councillors will have to vote on a proposal to ban dogs from beaches between certain hours or face losing Blue Flag status. The directive from An Taisce is part of a new international health and safety standard that applies during bathing dates on Blue Flag beaches.
While originally, the proposed bye-laws on dog walking on Blue Flag beaches would have would have prohibited dogs on Old Head, Clare Island, Carrowmore, Dooega, Dooagh, Mulranny, Keem, Keel, Dugort, Elly Bay, Mullaghroe, Ross Killala, Bertra and Golden Strand between certain hours daily from 1st June to 15th September, it has now been agreed that a section of each beach will now be made available for people to walk their dogs at all times.
Reminder: North Mayo is a beautiful unspoilt part of the world and we really want to keep it that way. If you are a dog owner, please show your love for the area by following Leave No Trace principles in our great outdoors by please picking up your dog poop and disposing of it in a bin.