It’s Official – Summer’s Here as Blue Flag is raised in Youghal
Beach Guard David Quill, Aileen Ahern, Youghal Tourism Development Officer, David Savage Mayor Of Youghal, Aengus, Seamus and Deirdre Galvin visiting from Glasgow and Cllr. Barbara Murray MCC
Youghal’s Claycastle Beach was once again confirmed as one of the best beaches in the world when it was awarded ‘Blue Flag Status’ by An Taisce on Monday 9th June 2008.
Blue Flag is a prestigious, international award scheme, which acts as a guarantee to tourists that the beach they are visiting is one of the best in the world. It is awarded to coastal destinations which have achieved the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
Speaking at the Flag raising ceremony at Claycastle Beach, Aileen Ahern Tourism Development Officer for Youghal said: “The beach here at Claycastle is a fabulous place to visit and that’s now official. For the first time ever in Ireland Youghal was chosen to play host to the Thundercat European Beach Challenge from 20th – 22nd June – international recognition of Youghal’s status as the finest coastal resort in Ireland.
Local and County Councillor Barbara Murray, in welcoming the Blue Flag award to Claycastle Beach commented “Its unfortunate that we have just one blue flag beach this year, but we expect our loss to be short term. One test (out of 10 taken), on one day cost us the flag. But we fully support the decision of An Taisce, it only serves to motivate us to work towards our target for Youghal of having 3 blue flags, in Claycastle, Front Strand and Redbarn.”
Redbarn beach has entered a pilot phase which will make it eligible for the blue flag award in 2009 providing it maintains its excellent water quality.
Blue Flag Flying at Claycastle
A series of tests carried out in May on behalf of Cork County Council on the water in Youghal’s Front Strand are also set to reassure bathers that the beach is safe for swimming. Results confirm water quality is firmly back to Blue Flag standards, a further indication that the one negative test in July of last year was due to unprecedented levels of rainfall in the area.
Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group,