Kerry has received the most Blue Flags in the An Taisce International Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards for 2017.
13 beaches in Kerry and Fenit Marina were awarded Blue Flags, recognised internationally as a symbol of bathing water quality and environmental standards.
An additional 4 Kerry beaches have received Green Coast Awards.
The 13 Kerry beaches to receive Blue Flags in the 2017 awards are Inch, Ballybunion North, Ballybunion South, Ballyheigue, Banna, Fenit, Kells, Magherabeg, Rossbeigh, Ventry, Ballinskelligs, Derrynane and White Strand, Caherciveen.
Fenit Marina also retains it’s Blue Flag status for the coming season.
Kerry has retained the Green Coast Award for Beal Ban, and 4 additional beaches have received the same award for the first time – Castlegregory, Littor, Waterville and Ballinskelligs, which is a dual award site.
The programme promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas, and challenges local authorities and beach operators to achieve high standards in water quality, environmental management and education, and safety.