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

Posted in Connect on June 11, 2019.

Rinroe Beach, near Carrowteige, North Mayo will be celebrating it’s status as Mayo’s newest Green Coast Flag with a flag raising event on Thursday, June 13, from 1.30pm to 3pm.

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.

The Mayo beaches included in the Green Coast Awards are Tranaun Beach on Inishturk Island, Termon Beach, Srah Beach, Cross Beach in Belmullet, Carrowniskey, Portacloy Beach and Rinroe Beach.

Martin Keating, Head of Head of Environment, Climate Change & Agriculture, at Mayo County Council welcomed the Blue Flag Status and Green Coast for the 17 Mayo beaches outlining “The Green Coast Awards, global recognition of high standards of Mayo Beaches”. This event is to celebrate the work by communities countywide: “I would like to acknowledge the work of this communities efforts in ensuring that the beaches being awarded for the 2019 bathing season have achieved the excellent standards required by An Taisce”.

The event on Rinn Rua Beach, Ceathrú Thaidhg on Thursday, June 13 from 1.30pm to 3pm, is in collaboration with Scoil Náisiúnta Cheathrú Thaidhg, Comhar Dún Chaocháin Teo & Cill Chomáin Rural Social Scheme.

The Green Coast Flag will be raised on the day with guided walks and talks on Seaweed Identification, Dune Protection, Protection of Bathing Water and the Leave No Trace ethos, the day will finish a Rinroe Community Beach Clean. Partners on the day are Ballycroy National Park, Clean Coasts An Taisce, Leave No Trace and BIM (Bord Iascaigh Mhara).

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, County Mayo was voted ‘The Best Place to Go Wild’, in Ireland 2014 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.

Anne-Marie Flynn, Manager, Mayo North Promotions Office, said: “We are delighted that Mayo County Council is marking beautiful Rinroe Beach’s Green Coast Award with this flag raising event. An award like this is a prestigious accolade and it is only with the help and commitment of the community that areas like Rinroe can maintain the high environmental standards for which it has been recognised, and which will continue to make it such an appealing destination for visitors North Mayo in the months and years to come. It is great to see their input being acknowledged, and that of our young people, who will have such a vital role to play in ensuring our environment is protected and sustained in the years ahead”.

Plans to make provision for disabled access to bathing waters with Beach Wheelchairs are also underway with further details to be announced shortly.

Green Flag presentation: Eoin McDonnell, Fáilte Ireland; Maura Murphy, Mayo County Council; Anita Berney, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; and Ian Diamond  An Taisce.

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