Mayo has been awarded 9 Blue Flags in 2022 for beaches at Dooega, Elly Bay, Keel, Keem, Mullahgroe, Mulranny, Ross Killala, Silver Strand Dugort and Golden Strand.

The county has also been awarded 5 Green Coast Awards including - Tranaun Beach on Inishturk Island, and beaches at Termon, Srah, Portacloy and Rinroe.

The Blue Flag is an international award that recognises beach excellence, and water quality.  The Blue Flag Programme is operated in Ireland by An Taisce. 

While Green Flag Awards are given to beaches which have excellent water quality but may be less developed and less populated than Blue Flag beaches.

Jim Horan, Administrative Office in Environment, Climate Change & Agriculture, at Mayo County Council  has welcomed the Blue Flag Status and Green Coast for the 14 Mayo beaches He admits, however, that it is disappointing news in regards to Carrowmore and Clare Island beaches, as despite the local authority’s best efforts, they fell marginally short on the required standard for Blue Flag.

He says Mayo County Council will redouble its effort over the coming bathing season to retain and restore Blue Flag beaches to the county.

He is urging beach users to assist us by eliminating dog fouling as this has been identified as a potential source of impact on the water quality. For the coming season, and to meet International Blue Flag criteria, Mayo County Council has introduced restrictions on dog access to Blue Flag and Blue Flag candidate beaches between 12am-6.30pm.




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