Bundoran’s Main Beach has once again been awarded Blue Flag status, ensuring bathers a safe and clean environment in which to swim and enjoy one of the seaside town’s top free amenities.
A total of 13 Blue Flags were awarded to Donegal which places the county at the top of the rankings with the most Blue Flags in the country.
The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels and only beaches that meet specific criteria relating to water quality, beach management, environmental information and safety services achieve this accolade. The Main Beach in Bundoran has been awarded the Blue Flag for each of the 26 years that the system has been in place.
Chairman of Bundoran Town Council Philip McGlynn said: “It is vital for us as Ireland’s Premier Seaside resort that visitors and locals alike have a safe place to bathe during the summer months and can be guaranteed a pleasant bathing experience. “Bundoran Town Council are delighted that once again the Main Beach has been passed fully compliant with water quality standards this year. When people see the Blue Flag flying they can be assured that the beach and water has undergone and passed stringent testing.”
Mr McGlynn went on to pay tribute to the council staff who work all year round to ensure the standards are maintained on the beach. He said: “A lot of factors like safety equipment, lifeguards and water quality are taken for granted – all play a vital part in keeping the beach standards as high as they are.”
The classification of the bathing water is now based on water samples from a four year period instead of the monitoring results from a single bathing season, and gives stronger focus to the protection of public health and promotes a proactive approach to the management of bathing water quality.
Donegal County Cllr. Martin Harley is Chairman of the Water & Environment Strategic Policy Committee . He commented: “At a time when the council is actively promoting Donegal as a tourism destination, having the highest number of Blue Flags can only assist in promoting Donegal as an excellent destination for visitors.”
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, who presented the flags this year, commended Donegal County Council staff and the members of the SPC for their Trojan work in maintaining the highest number of blue flags awards in the country.