Ireland’s Blue Flag beaches revealed for 2024

Ireland’s Blue Flag beaches have been revealed for 2024.

Ireland’s Blue Flag beaches revealed for 2024.

Though it rarely gets beach-going weather, Ireland is famous for its wealth of pristine beaches and clear waters. Some have made it onto Hollywood films, while others are eternally etched into the holiday memories of locals and visitors alike.

Many of the country’s beaches – 85, in fact – are considered among the best in the world, receiving Blue Flag status for the 2024 bathing season.

Blue Flag – recognising the world’s best beaches

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The famous Blue Flag is synonymous with quality beaches the world over. The scheme aims to connect the public with their surroundings and encourages them to learn more about their environment.

It is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to beaches, marinas, and tourism boats that meet and maintain a series of strict environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria.

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – heads the Blue Flag programme in Ireland. An Taisce also organises the Green Coast Award, a similar national initiative to celebrate natural beauty and clean environments in the country.

The numbers – similar to last year

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A total of 85 beaches and nine marinas in Ireland were given Blue Flag status for 2024.

Three beaches lost their Blue Flag status from last year after their water quality fell from excellent to good. These include Ballymoney Beach in County Wexford, Rush Beach in County Dublin, and Tramore Beach in County Waterford.

Three other locations, however, took their place. Bettystown Beach in County Meath, Enniscrone Beach in County Sligo, and County Galway’s Traught Beach regained the status that they lost in 1996, 2014, and 2021, respectively.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s number of Blue Flag marinas has dropped from ten in 2023. Construction work at Greencastle Marina in County Donegal led to its temporary closure last year.

Ireland’s Blue Flag beaches and marinas – the complete list

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Beaches:

  • Ballycuggeran (Clare)
  • Fanore (Clare)
  • Kilkee (Clare)
  • Lahinch (Clare)
  • Mountshannon (Clare)
  • Spanish Point (Clare)
  • White Strand Doonbeg (Clare)
  • White Strand Miltown Malbay (Clare)
  • Fountainstown (Cork)
  • Barley Cove (Cork)
  • Garretstown (Cork)
  • Garrylucas (Cork)
  • Inhcydoney East (Cork)
  • Inchydoney West (Cork)
  • Owenahincha (Cork)
  • Redbarn (Cork)
  • Tragumna (Cork)
  • Youghal Front Strand (Cork)
  • Youghal Claycastle (Cork)
  • Bundoran (Donegal)
  • Carrickfinn (Donegal)
  • Culdaff (Donegal)
  • Downings (Donegal)
  • Fintra (Donegal)
  • Killahoey (Donegal)
  • Marble Hill (Donegal)
  • Murvagh (Donegal)
  • Naran (Donegal)
  • Portsalon (Donegal)
  • Rossnowlagh (Donegal)
  • Stroove (Donegal)
  • Killiney (Dublin)
  • Seapoint (Dublin)
  • Balcarrick (Dublin)
  • Portmarnock Velvet Strand (Dublin)
  • Salthill (Galway)
  • Silverstrand (Galway)
  • Cill Mhuirbhigh (Galway)
  • Trá Inis Oírr (Galway)
  • An Trá Mór (Galway)
  • Trá an Dóilín (Galway)
  • Bathing Place Portumna (Galway)
  • Loughrea Lake (Galway)
  • Traught (Galway)
  • Baile an Sceilg (Kerry)
  • Ballybunion North Beach (Kerry)
  • Ballybunion South Beach (Kerry)
  • Ballyheigue (Kerry)
  • Banna Strand (Kerry)
  • Doire Fhíonáin (Kerry)
  • Fenit (Kerry)
  • Fionntrá (Kerry)
  • Inch (Kerry)
  • Kells (Kerry)
  • Maharbeg (Kerry)
  • Rossbeigh White Strand (Kerry)
  • Caherciveen White Strand (Kerry)
  • Clogherhead (Louth)
  • Port/Lurganboy (Louth)
  • Shelling Hill (Louth)
  • Clare Island (Mayo)
  • Bertra (Mayo)
  • Dooega (Mayo)
  • Dugort (Mayo)
  • Elly Bay (Mayo)
  • Achill Island Golden Strand (Mayo)
  • Keel Beach (Mayo)
  • Keem Beach (Mayo)
  • Mullaghroe (Mayo)
  • Mulranny (Mayo)
  • Old Head (Mayo)
  • Ross Beach (Mayo)
  • Bettystown (Meath)
  • Enniscrone (Sligo)
  • Rosses Point (Sligo)
  • Ardmore (Waterford)
  • Clonea (Waterford)
  • Billinesker (Wexford)
  • Carne (Wexford)
  • Curracloe (Wexford)
  • Morriscaslte (Wexford)
  • Rosslare Strand (Wexford)
  • Brittas Bay North Beach (Wicklow)
  • Brittas Bay South Beach (Wicklow)
  • Greystones South Beach (Wicklow)

Marinas:

  • Kilrush Marina (Clare)
  • Kinsale Yacht Club (Cork)
  • The Royal Cork Yacht Club (Cork)
  • Rathmullan Marina (Donegal)
  • Fenit Marina (Kerry)
  • Portmagee Seasonal Visitors Pontoons (Kerry)
  • Quigleys Marina, Killinure Point (Westmeath)
  • Kilmore Quay Marina (Wexford)
  • New Ross Marina (Wexford)

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