Donegal receives the most Blue Flags in the country

Donegal receives the most Blue Flags in the country
The hidden gems in Donegal receive international recognition

Donegal County Council welcomes this week’s announcement by An Taisce that 12 beaches and 2 marinas in the county are receiving Blue Flags.  As a result Donegal now tops the charts as the county with the most Blue Flags for 2020.  In addition 4 other beaches will also receive Green Coast awards.

These internationally recognised awards aim to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan said, ’ We are delighted  with the announcement from An Taisce.  Donegal’s beaches and coastal amenities attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  As we reopen society and business we look forward to welcoming visitors who wish to enjoy all that Donegal has to offer.’

In welcoming the announcement Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely said ‘I would like to acknowledge the role played by local communities and council staff in ensuring that Donegal secured these awards.  The international recognition that comes with the Blue Flag is extremely important for the County in terms of the role that these beaches play in the County’s economy.’

Beaches in Donegal which received Blue Flags are Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Murvagh, Fintra, Portnoo/Narin, Carrickfinn, Killahoey, Marblehill, Downings, Portsalon, Culdaff, Stroove, in addition to marinas at Greencastle and Rathmullan.

Beaches at Dooey, Magheroarty, Drumatinney and Ballyheirnan have received Green Coast awards in 2020.

Donegal County Council encourages the public to enjoy our award winning beaches this year.  However, it asks that all are mindful of the ongoing need to respect social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette in relation to COVID-19.   Similar to previous years the public are also asked to leave no trace on our beaches, other than footsteps, by disposing of waste and litter in a responsible manner.  Restrictions due to COVID-19 have delayed the deployment of lifeguards for the summer season and Donegal County Council plans to commence lifeguarding in the coming weeks.