ur dogs may be decidedly unimpressed every June 1st, but Greystones’ swingin’ South Beach has been awarded its annual Blue Flag.
One of three flags awarded Wicklow beaches this year, the other two were Brittas Bay North and, hey, Brittas Bay South.
This latest flag in our cap should go rather nicely with our record high-five from the Environmental Protection Agency.
With a record 95 beaches across Ireland being awarded Blue Flag status, 62 Green Coast Awards were also handed out for 2022.
The Blue Flag – which hereextends from the second arch to the old lifeguard steps – is one of the world’s most recongised eco-labels, originating in France in 1985, and going European-wide two years later.
Since then, Ireland has come on in leaps and bounds, with 19 beaches and marinas receiving the Blue Flag in 1988 compared to 95 this year.
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