On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, An Taisce has announced that eleven beaches across Mayo were awarded the highly recognised Blue Flag accolade and six beaches were awarded the Green Coast Award.

The Blue Flag is an international award that recognises beach excellence, and water quality, and the programme is operated in Ireland by An Taisce.  90 Blue Flags were awarded nationally.  Mayo has been awarded 11 Blue Flags for the following beaches: Bertra, Carrowmore, Clare Island, Mulranny, Dooega, Keel, Keem, Silverstrand Dugort, Mullaghroe, Elly Bay and Ross Killala.

Mayo was also awarded 6 Green coast awards. Rinroe, near Carrowteige in North Mayo has been awarded for the second time. These awards are given to beaches which have excellent water quality but may be less developed and less populated than Blue Flag beaches. The Mayo beaches included in the Green Coast awards are Tránaun Beach on Inishturk Island, Termon Beach, Srah Beach, Cross Beach in Belmullet, Portacloy Beach and Rinroe beach.

The Green Coast Award is a symbol of environmental excellence and has been established to acknowledge, promote and protect the environment of our beaches. The award is for beaches which have excellent water quality, but which are also prized for their natural, unspoilt environment. These sites must be managed in partnership with the local community to be considered for the Green Coast Award.

Blue Flag Maura Murphy,Mayo County Council; Susan Murphy, Department of Housing,Planning and LocalGovernment; Ian Diamond,An Taisce; Sophie Bachet Granados, International BlueFlag
Maura Murphy, Mayo County Council; Susan Murphy, Department of Housing,Planning and Local Government; Ian Diamond, An Taisce; Sophie Bachet Granados, International Blue Flag.

Here at Mayo North, we’re thrilled to hear that beautiful Rinroe has been recognised for its clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty. Alongside Portacloy, which has retained its Green Coast Award, it further proves that our beaches here in North Mayo are among the very best in Ireland. We hope this year that more visitors travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way take some time to explore North Mayo between Ballina and Belmullet and enjoy discovering our stunning hidden gems.