Cllr Pat Vance, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Bray has regained the Blue Flag status for 2019. This is the third consecutive year that our bathing waters have achieved 100% compliance with EU standards and not to mention that our stunning beach is well managed, safe and accessible for beach users”.
“A massive thanks to many local voluntary community organisations like Bray Tidy Towns and Bray Coastcare as well as Wicklow County Council outdoor staff, council executive and local councillors who have always been committed to ensuring high standards are maintained along Bray seafront which is a major asset to the town”.
About Bray Beach
The beach is located in the north of County Wicklow, adjacent to the border with County Dublin. The beach is on the seafront of Bray Town and is a 10-minute walk from Bray Main Street and 2 minutes from Bray Dart Train Station. The Beach stretches between Bray Head to the South and Bray Harbour to the North. The designated Blue Flag area makes up the Southern half and is 1000m long. The first 20 metres of beach seaward is shingle and steep sloping. Closer to the water’s edge, the beach is gently sloping with sand and pebbles.
80 beaches and eight marinas in Ireland have received the prestigious Blue Flag award for 2019
A total of 80 beaches and eight marinas in Ireland have received the prestigious Blue Flag award for 2019, reflecting their excellence in environmental education, management, water quality, safety and services.
The awards were announced by An Taisce, the governing body of protected sites for Ireland, at a ceremony in The Armada Hotel, overlooking Spanish point Blue Flag beach in Miltown Malbay in Clare, on Monday, May 20th 2019).
The number of sites receiving the award is down two on last year’s record total.
An Taisce coastal awards manager Ian Diamond said: “The Blue Flag is an award of excellence, the beaches and marinas that have achieved this accolade today have complied with strict criteria relating to water quality; safety, facilities for visitors, beach management, environmental education and the provision of information. It is a privilege to be awarding a record number of sites with blue flags this year”.
About the Blue Flag
The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels. The Blue Flag originated in France in 1985 when French coastal Local Authorities were awarded with the Blue Flag for compliance with sewage treatment and bathing water quality criteria. It was launched as an International programme as part of the “European Year of the Environment in 1987. In 1988, the first year sites were awarded outside of France 19 beaches and 2 marinas received the Blue Flag in Ireland.
The programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and eco-tourism boats around the world. The 80 Irish beaches and 8 marinas that have achieved this accolade must adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management.
An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland is responsible for the operation of the Blue Flag programme in Ireland on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE). 49 Countries operate the Blue Flag programme globally and more than 4500 sites and eco-tourism boats will be awarded in 44 countries this year.
The Blue Flag programme in Ireland is supported by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
See beachawards.ie/blue-flag/ for more information.
Blue Flag Map