Blue Flag status given to three local beaches

Blue Flag status given to three local beaches

5 June 2019

THREE Co Down beaches have achieved coveted Blue Flag status.

Tyrella and Murlough and Cranfield beaches were awarded Blue Flag status at the 2019 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in Bangor last Thursday.

The awards, which were presented by Ian Humphreys Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, are bestowed to coastal destinations, which have met strict criteria and meet the highest quality in water, safety and environmental management. 

Attending the ceremony was Cllr Charlie Casey, chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down Council.

He said: “Blue Flag status is such an important selling point for our district as we strive to become a premier tourism destination.

“I am delighted that Cranfield, Tyrella and Murlough beaches have been recognised in these prestigious awards.  

“Cleanliness, safety and assured water quality are key factors in deciding which beach to visit and the Blue Flag acts as a guarantee to our tourists that these beaches are some of the best in Ireland.”