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Ten beaches in Mayo retained their blue flag status this year, it was announced by An Taisce this week. However, due to the severe storm damage inflicted on the county in the post Christmas storms, two beaches have lost their blue flag. Both Mulranny and Bertra, which are very popular beaches, lost their blue flag status because of the storm damage. The ten beaches in Mayo that retained their blue flags were Dooega, Carrowmore, Clare Island, Ross (Killala), Golden Strand, Mullaghroe, Silverstrand (Dugort), Keel, Elly Bay and Keem.
Twelve out of 15 beaches in Mayo were found to have good bathing water quality according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and all 15 were found to meet the mandatory values as set out by the EU.
The Mayo County Council has reached an agreement with An Taisce that beaches at Dooega and on Clare Island which get relatively little use will have lifeguard cover at the weekends only. Martin Keating, acting director of services for Mayo County Council, was giving a report on the Blue Flags awarded to beaches in Mayo. He told the meeting that in order to keep a Blue Flag a beach must have an adequate number of life guards on duty, but with some beaches having very low usage there was a difficulty in life-guarding them. Therefore the council came to an agreement with An Taisce for this summer season to have lifeguards on duty at Dooega and Clare Island at weekends only, but both beaches would be monitored and re-assessed at the year end with the other beaches.
Bathing waters in the county achieved ‘good’ status in The Environmental Protection Agency’s Quality of Bathing Water in Ireland report.
Belmullet IWA will holdi a car boot sale on Sunday May 13 in aid of the IWA.
The Environmental Protection Agency is advising people in Mayo to check bathing water quality this summer using the Splash website, www.bathingwater.ie
Parents of secondary school children have been asked to supervise their children by a senior council official following incidents of public concern at Mayo beaches.
Bathing waters in Mayo are among the cleanest in Ireland according to a report published this week.
Mayo has topped the poll for the highest number of blue flags awarded to any one county in Ireland this summer.