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Waterford Blue Flag and Green Coast Beach Awards 2018

Press Release

At a recent An Taisce awards ceremony, County Waterford’s beaches were awarded with 5 Blue Flag awards and 6 Green Coast awards for 2018.  These awards are only made to bathing areas with excellent water quality and beach management.

Clonea Beach, Dunmore East Main Strand, Dunmore Councillors Strand, Tramore and Ardmore were confirmed Blue Flag status.  Of particular satisfaction is the award of the Blue Flag to Ardmore after a gap of 21 years, following the recent commissioning of a new wastewater treatment plant for the village.

Green Coast awards were achieved for beaches at Guillamene, Newtown Cove, Ballyquin, Curragh, Goat Island, and Annestown.

County Waterford is renowned for its 100 km long stunning coastline.  For those wishing to walk, jog, swim, explore rock-pools, surf, scuba dive, fish, kite surf, observe wildlife or just relax, there is a place for you!  As part of its efforts to enhance this natural tourism attraction and provide amenities to the public and ensure good water quality, Waterford City & County Council is committed to ongoing management and stringent monitoring of the many bathing water areas dotted along the coast.  Lifeguards are provided at Dunmore, Tramore, Bunmahon, Clonea and Ardmore.

Waterford City and County Council collaborate with many bodies to manage the bathing areas, including the HSE, Irish Water, the EPA and Irish Water Safety.  Special credit must be paid to the Tidy Towns and Coastcare groups which, through their commitment to voluntary and community activities, play an essential role in caring for local bathing areas.

Keep an eye out at beach notice boards for water test results and other beach information and advice.  Results and information are also posted on the council’s website and on the EPA’s website

Members of the public and interest groups are encouraged to provide suggestions on beach and coastal management in the county. Anyone interested should send their suggestions by email to  Remember, when you visit a beach, stay safe and leave no trace!

Let’s get out there and enjoy our beautiful coast!




For Press Queries please contact

Claire Hartley     Administrative Officer, Communications and Customer Services

Clár Ní hArtgaile Oifegeach Cumarsáide & Seirbhísí Custaiméara,

Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge, Hall na Cathrach, An Meal, Port Láirge,

Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford. X91 PK15

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