Mayo County Council host Green Coast Award flag raising event on Rinroe Beach

Posted in Connect on June 14, 2019.

Rinroe Beach, near Carrowteige, North Mayo celebrated the raising of Mayo’s newest Green Coast Flag with a community event on Thursday, June 13th. Nearly 100 locals gathered on the beach as the eldest pupil, Alan Ó Flannghaile, and the youngest, Darragh Ó Dochartaigh, raised the flag into the wind to be displayed with pride for all to see.

Caroline Goucher of Mayo County Council, on the day commended the community on their ‘continuous efforts to advocate and care for their community and especially this Green Coast Beach of Rinn Rua’, while honouring the collaboration of the event with the pupils Scoil Náisiúnta Cheathrú Thaidhg, Comhar Dún Chaocháin Teo agus Cill Chomáin Rural Social Scheme.

Engaging demonstrations were given on ‘Think before you flush’, ‘How long does it last’, A display of amphibian skulls, identification of species, sand dune protection, bathing water quality and the Leave No Trace ethos. The day finished with a Beach Clean which saw the collection 10 bags of the litter. Thanks was extended to the event partners involved on the day; Marina Mulligan, Ballycroy National Park; Olivia Jones, Clean Coasts An Taisce; Sorcha Kennedy, Leave No Trace; and Mick Kane, Community Water Officer with Waters and Communities.

The Green Coast Award, operated by An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit with the support of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Fáilte Ireland, is a symbol of environmental excellence and has been established to acknowledge, promote and protect the environment of our beaches. This award is for beaches which have excellent water quality, but which are also prized for their natural, unspoilt environment. Visitors and users of the area are encouraged to be aware of the special value these locations have to our biodiversity and the sensitivity of the habitats.

The beaches of Mayo are great escapes to be enjoyed by everyone in a safe and sustainable manner.  Users are encouraged to enjoy their visit, with the ethos of ‘Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints’.

Erris, Co Mayo was voted ‘The Best Place to Go Wild’, and Mayo now boasts an enviable number of Green Coast beaches – Tranaun Beach on Inishturk Island; Termon Beach, Srah Beach, Cross Beach in Belmullet, Carrowniskey, Louisburgh, Portacloy Beach and now Rinroe Beach. North Mayo is the ideal location to savour and explore these beaches, many of which are beautifully remote and almost undiscovered.

This year An Taisce awarded 62 Beaches The Green Coast Award for 2019. Mayo achieved Ten Blue Flag beaches and Seven Green Coast Award with Rinroe the newest edition to the awarded beaches of County Mayo.

Raising the First Green Coast Flag at Trá Rinn Rua, Carrowteige: Pupils and staff of Scoil Náisiúnta Cheathrú Thaidhg; Fr. Joe Hogan; Treasa Ni Ghearraigh of the local Clean Coast Group; Cllr Gerry Coyle and Cllr Sean Carey; with Mayo County Council staff Martin O’Grady, Pamela Bergin, and Caroline Goucher.

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