Alliance welcome Blue Flag status and Seaside Award for Murlough Beach

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Friday, May 25th, 2012
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has warmly welcomed the awarding of Blue Flag Status and the Seaside Award to Murlough Beach by awarding body TIDY NI in association with Northern Ireland Tourist Board, which announced that 11 beaches and 2 marina’s will fly the prestigious International Blue Flag and 11 beaches will fly the Seaside Award. The awards, announced on Thursday 24th May, comprise of the highly prized international Blue Flag award for beaches and marinas, as well as the rural and resort Seaside Awards. Blue Flag beaches must meet 32 criteria, including Guideline bathing water quality as set by the EU Bathing Water Directive. Clarke stated: “I very much welcome the awarding of the prestigious Blue Flag Status to Murlough Beach by TIDY NI and the awarding also of the Seaside Award which is a great testament to the beautiful cleanliness of the coastline and beach at Murlough. In terms of tourism promotion and attracting visitors to Murlough beach to be awarded the Blue Flag status and Seaside award shows the very high standards of facilities, water quality and bathing waters which is attributed to the management of Murlough beach.” “When people and beach users see the Blue Flag status they know that they are visiting a beach like Murlough that has attained the very highest bathing water quality as set by the EU Bathing Water Directive. I also look forward to Newcastle in the very near future also attaining Blue Flag status which would make a huge difference to welcoming people and tourists to Newcastle beach.” Clarke also welcomed the launch of the new beach web site for Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency. “The launch of the new beach website by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency is an excellent way to give better public information on beaches in Northern Ireland which have been designated as EU Bathing Waters. The new website also has information on Murlough, Newcastle and Tyrella beaches as well as the facilities, activities, directions, maps, weather forecast and tide times for these beaches.” He added, “I particularly welcome on the new website additional information on the walking and cycling routes around Dundrum, Murlough, Tollymore, Donard, Slieve Donard, the Mournes, Slieve Croob, and Castlewellan Forest Park.”
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