Volunteer members of the Seapoint Beach management group celebrate achieving Green Flag status.
Much to the delight of the local community in Termonfeckin, Seapoint Beach has been awarded a Green Coast Flag for the very first time which, with hopefully some blue skies, could mean a major boost in efforts to attract visitors.
Green Coast Flags are awarded to beaches of high environmental quality and to achieve the award they must have excellent water quality and effective and appropriate management to ensure the protection of the natural environment.
The Green Coast Award is for beaches which are prized for their natural, unspoilt environment. Seapoint Beach is managed by Louth County Council in partnership with the local community in Termonfeckin.
A group was formed in Termonfeckin with a new to achieving the award and group spokesperson Cllr. Oliver Tully believes that the awarding of the Green Coast Flag is a major boost for Seapoint Beach and the Termonfeckin area.
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“It is one of only 62 beaches who have received the prestigious award for 2019 and should prove to be a major boost for tourism in the area” he said.
Louth has also retained its three Blue Flag Awards for 2019 for its beaches at Clogherhead, Port and Templetown. The Blue Flag is an international award for beach excellence, which is operated in Ireland by An Taisce with support from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
The award is presented to beaches and marinas which have excellent water quality and which achieve high standards across a wide range of other criteria including environmental education, management of the environment, water quality and safety.
Barry Eaton of Louth County Council said that “Louth may be Ireland’s smallest county but we are justifiably proud of our diverse coastline. Tourism is extremely important to Louth and it is important that our beaches are kept clean and litter-free.
“Our new Green Coast beach and our three Blue Flag beaches offer great opportunities for swimming, walking and family fun. The water quality at these beaches is excellent and is ideal for those wishing to get involved in water based activities and provide a safe environment for families and visitors alike to enjoy a great day out”.