The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney has raised one of Kerry’s 15 Blue Flags at the Ladies’ Beach in Ballybunion this week to coincide with lifeguards taking up their duties on the county’s beaches this weekend.
The high standard of the coastal environment in Kerry was recognised recently with the awarding of 15 Blue Flags for Kerry beaches and coastal amenities for 2022, the highest number in the country.
Kerry retained its existing 14 Blue Flags, including 12 at beaches and one each at the Portmagee Seasonal Pontoon (Operated by Kilrush Maritime Ltd) and Fenit Marina as well as regaining the Blue Flag at Ballybunion North, bringing the total to 15.
‘I was delighted to raise the flag at Ladies’ Beach which regained its Blue Flag for 2022,’ said Cllr Moloney. ‘Blue Flags are a very important internationally recognised indicator of the quality of a beach environment, and it is very encouraging that Kerry has emerged as the national leader in this regard.’
The decision of the International Blue Flag jury was announced recently sees the following beaches and marinas awarded Blue Flags for 2022: Rossbeigh, Ballybunion South, Ballybunion North, Ballyheigue, Fenit, Maherbeg, Kells, Doire Fhíonáin (Derrynane), White Strand, Baile an Sceilg (Ballinskelligs), Banna, Fionntrá (Ventry), Inch, Fenit Marina and Portmagee Seasonal Pontoon.

Pictured are Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, Moira Murrell Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Niall O’Sullivan Kerry County Safety Officer and Noah Kiely Lifeguard from Ballybunion. Photo By: Domnick Walsh – Eye Focus LTD – 0872672 033