First ever Blue Flag for Carne beach

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

THERE were sat­is­fied smiles all round when a crowd gath­ered at Carne Beach for the rais­ing of the area’s first ever Blue Flag which recog­nises a high qual­ity of bathing wa­ter and key safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

The hon­our of rais­ing the flag was left to the Mayor of Wex­ford Cllr. Jim Moore who was joined at the cer­e­mony by lo­cal res­i­dents, coun­cil­lors and lo­cal author­ity of­fi­cials in­clud­ing mem­bers of Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s coastal team.

In or­der to qual­ify for the pres­ti­gious award, a beach must com­ply with a series of strin­gent en­vi­ron­men­tal, ed­u­ca­tional, safety and ac­cess cri­te­ria while the bathing wa­ter must reach a stan­dard in ac­cor­dance with the 2006 EU Bathing Wa­ter Di­rec­tive.

Blue Flags are uni­ver­sally ac­cepted as the mark of ex­cel­lence fo beaches and mari­nas around the world.

It’s the first time since the awards scheme was es­tab­lished in 1988 that Carne was an­nounced as the re­cip­i­ent of a Blue Flag by the Min­is­ter for Hous­ing, Plan­ning and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Eoghan Mur­phy.

The aim of the scheme is to en­sure safety and ac­cess for beach users and to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion and sus­tain­able tourism devel­op­ment.

In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Ger Carthy said he is de­lighted that Carne Beach, in the heart­land of his con­stituency, has fi­nally been awarded a Blue Flag.

‘The award is down to the hard work, sup­port and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s coastal team un­der se­nior en­gi­neer Gerry Forde and George Colfer’, he said.The flag rais­ing cer­e­mony was fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments at Carne Hol­i­day Park.

County Wex­ford re­ceived a to­tal of nine Blue Flags this year for Balli­neskar Beach, Carne, Cour­town, Cur­r­a­cloe, Mor­ris Cas­tle, Ross­lare, Ballymoney North Beach, Kil­more Quay Ma­rina and New Ross Ma­rina along with eight Green Coast awards. Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices John Car­ley con­grat­u­lated every­one in­volved in main­tain­ing the county’s beaches to ex­act­ing stan­dards and en­sur­ing that they con­tinue to at­tract large vis­i­tor num­ber. He also praised the work of Coast­care Vol­un­teer Groups who play an im­por­tant role in achiev­ing Green Coast sta­tus for lo­cal beaches.

A proud mo­ment at Carne Beach as the first ever Blue Flag is raised.

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