Tyrella and Murlough retain their Blue Flag beach status

Tyrella and Murlough retain their Blue Flag beach status

9 June 2021

TYRELLA and Murlough beaches have retained their prestigious Blue Flag status but Newcastle beach has missed out again.

Beaches are awarded blue flag accreditation for their water quality, with Tyrella and Murlough continuing to meet high standards.

The stunning local beaches are among a number across the province which are included in a select list confirmed by Keep Northern Beautiful in its annual beach and marina awards.

Internationally recognised, the awards highlight how Northern Ireland’s blue beaches are something to take pride in, look after and enjoy, with the awards also providing an opportunity to celebrate the key workers who maintain local beaches and marinas to such high standards. 

This year, the focus is also on raising awareness of the benefits of a healthy marine environment and the positive connection between the outdoors, our physical and mental health.

Newry, Mourne and Down Council chairwoman, Laura Devlin, said it was “fantastic” that so many of the districts’ beautiful seaside locations have been recognised in this year’s awards. 

“It is a fitting tribute to the work of both the council employees and the many groups of volunteers who together strive to keep our coastline clean, tidy and welcoming for visitors,” she said.  

“This summer, we hope people will be able to visit the area and take the opportunity to explore our beaches and beauty spots. However, I would make the plea to everyone to do so responsibly and, critically, in line with Public Health Agency guidelines.”

Cllr Devlin highlighted the importance of ensuring that local beaches are safe, with the local authority intent on doing everything it can — with the help of the public — to maintain the prestigious accreditation.

She added: “I would ask that everyone respects social distancing while out and about and take all their litter home with them.”

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful chief executive Ian Humphreys said the past year had restricted people’s ability to travel and meet others. 

“We are fortunate to have such great local blue spaces right on our doorstep,” he continued.

“All of us can be rightly proud of this beautiful place we call home. Behind every one of these special places are dedicated key workers whose effort all year round keeps these blue spaces in such excellent condition.”

Mr Humphreys added: “These awards are a small way of saying thank you and recognising that we have so much to be proud of in our community”.

Information on the award-winning blue spaces can be found at www.beachni.com and www.liveherelovehere.app.