Kerry beaches singing the blues for summertime

flying high: At the raising of a blue flag on the beach in Ballybunion this week, to coincide with lifeguards taking up their duties this weekend, Mayof of Kerry Cllr Jimmy Moloney, Kerry County Council chief executive Moira Murrell, council safety officer, Niall O’Sullivan.
Picture: Domnick Walsh

Dogs might be few and far between on Kerry’s premier beaches between when new control measures are implemented later this month but there will be no shortage of blue flags or lifeguards as the popular bathing locations get ready for the summer influx.

With 15 accolades, Kerry has again received the highest number of blue flags in the country, 12 for beaches and one each at the Portmagee seasonal pontoon and Fenit marina as well as regaining the Blue Flag at Ballybunion North, bringing the total to 15.

The decision of the international jury also saw blue flag accreditation awarded to Rossbeigh, Inch, Derrynane, Ballybunion South, Ballybunion North, Ballyheigue, Fenit, Maherbeg, Kells, White Strand, Ballinskelligs, Banna and Ventry.

Rossbeigh Beach has retained its blue flag

In addition, five Green Coast Awards have been approved for Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Béal Bán, Castlegregory and Littor beaches.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, remarked: “Blue flags are a very important internationally recognised indicator of the quality of a beach environment and it is encouraging that Kerry emerging as the national leader in this regard”.

It was also confirmed in recent days that there will be lifeguards on duty on all blue flag beaches in Kerry at weekends for the month of June, commencing this weekend, and the period of cover will extend to seven days a week on all of those beaches from the beginning of July.

Beachgoers are reminded that lifeguards are only on duty during specific times which are advised locally on each blue flag beach and that lifeguards cover only designated patrolled areas which are indicated by the presence of lifeguard flags.

A total of 41 lifeguards, who are fully trained, will be on duty on Kerry beaches over the summer.

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