Retention of 14 Blue Flags is Fantastic News for Kerry

Inch Beach – one of Kerry’s most popular – is among those to retain its Blue Flag Status. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Sheahan has warmly welcomed the news that Kerry has retained its 14 Blue Flags at 13 of the county’s beaches as well as Fenit Marina.

Blue Flag Jury

The decision of the Blue Flag jury announced on Monday sees the following beaches retain their flags for 2018: Rossbeigh; Ballybunion North; Ballybunion South; Ballyheigue; Fenit; Maherbeg; Kells; Derrynane; White Strand; Ballinskelligs; Banna; Ceann Trá, Ventry and Inch. Fenit Marina also retains its Blue Flag this year.

Important Indicator

Four Green Coast awards have also been announced for Béal Bán, Castlegregory, Littor and Ballinskelligs.

Blue Flags are an important indicator of the quality of our beach environment and it is encouraging that Kerry is continuing to set a very high standard in this regard,” said Cllr Sheahan in welcoming the announcement.

Really Positive News

To retain all 14 Blue Flags and to hold the highest number of flags in the country is really positive news for the local economy and our tourism industry.

These flags are a result of a collaborative approach between Kerry County Council, local community groups and beach users who work together to maintain our beautiful beaches and bathing waters.

Magnificent Beaches

Kerry County Council invests tremendous effort in working to keep Kerry at the top of the Blue Flag Awards Programme, and will continue to invest the necessary resources to ensure the sustainable management of the magnificent beaches along the Kerry coast,” said Cllr. Sheahan.

Leave No Litter

As beaches become busier over the coming months, Kerry County Council asks all users to ensure they leave no litter on the beaches of Kerry or damage the wonderful coastal areas in any way so that the county can maintain and improve on its Blue Flag complement.


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