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Donegal tops Blue Flag awards 05.06.14

At an awards ceremony in Dublin yesterday thirteen of Donegal’s beaches were awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award by Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. The 13 Blue Flags awarded to Donegal places the County at the top of the rankings with the most Blue Flags in the country. The Council is delighted with this outcome considering the difficulties arising from the severe winter storms.
Culdaff beach.
The 13 Blue Flags were awarded to Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Murvagh, Fintra, Naran (Portnoo), Carrickfinn, Killahoey (Dunfanaghy), Marblehill, Portsalon (Magherawarden), Lisfannon, Shroove, Culdaff and Downings.
"At a time when the Council is actively promoting Donegal as a tourism destination, having the highest number of Blue Flags can only assist in promoting Donegal as an excellent destination for visitors.
“The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels and only beaches that meet specific criteria relating to water quality, beach management, environmental information and safety services achieve this accolade. As a pre-requisite the bathing water at Blue Flag beaches must meet the highest standards of bathing water quality." said Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council.
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