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Cranfield, Murlough and Tyrella beaches have been named among the 2024 international Blue Flag Award winners.


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Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful announced that a total of nine local beaches and seven marinas earned the prestigious Blue Flag Award distinction after meeting world-class standards in criteria such as safety, accessibility, cleanliness, environmental education and, for beaches, water quality. 

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Valarie Harte says, “With over 100km of coastline in our Council area, Blue Flag status assures visitors to Cranfield, Murlough and Tyrella beaches of high water quality standards and safe, accessible environments.

“We are very proud of our magnificent coastline and we are pleased that Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has recognised our collective efforts in ensuring that our beaches are among the best anywhere.”

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Six more beaches received Seaside Awards, the UK’s mark of quality that ensures visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive, and well-managed coastal stretch. 

Dr Ian Humphreys, CEO of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, says, “We are incredibly pleased to see so many local beaches and marinas have been successful at this year’s awards.

“Each flag shows the public that these are sites worth visiting and cherishing.

“Keeping our beaches tidy is essential to our environmental and economic future. 

“I want to thank the many workers across winning sites who helped make this happen.

“Their work is critically important in making Northern Ireland a place with the best European beaches and marinas.”

The Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Andrew Muir, says, “I am delighted that once again so many of Northern Ireland’s beaches have received the coveted Blue Flag and Seaside Awards and that our first-class marinas have also been recognised.

“These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of those who manage our beaches.

“The awards let our citizens and people around the world know that Northern Ireland is open for business and that our beaches and marinas are clean, well-managed and safe to enjoy.” 


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Mayors from across councils, and beach and marina operators were invited to collect the awards at a presentation ceremony at the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, on 7 May.

The occasion was organised by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, who manage the accreditations locally.  

This year’s awards ceremony was sponsored by the Slieve Donard Hotel and supported by DAERA. 

The award-winning locations will now have their respective flags in place for the Northern Ireland bathing season, which runs from 01 June to 15 September. 

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