These are the 88 cleanest beaches in Ireland
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These are the 88 cleanest beaches in Ireland

WITH summer just around the corner, it’s that time of year when you start planning a trip to the Irish seaside.

But with over 200 beaches to choose from along the Irish coast, it can be hard to whittle them down.

Now a record number of seaside spots have been awarded a coveted Blue Flag Award - celebrating its 30th anniversary this year - which recognises the highest level of cleanliness and water quality across the world.

Rosses Point in Co. Sligo was one of just five Irish beaches to achieve both awards. Picture: Sligo Tourism
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88 Irish beaches were selected at the Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards in Cork on Monday – eight up on last year’s number.

Just five beaches were awarded both Blue Flags and Green Coasts – Portmarnock in Fingal, Salthill and Silver Strand in Galway, Rosses Point in Sligo and Ballinskelligs in Kerry.

Portmarnock in Fingal. Picture: Tourism Ireland

Three beaches awarded a Blue Flag in 2016 – Lisfannon in Donegal, Killiney in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and Balcarrick, Donabate in Fingal – did not retain their blue flag status this year after falling short of water quality standards.

Salthill in Co. Galway. Picture: Galway Tourism
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Meanwhile, three beaches that lost Blue Flag status in 2016 - Redbarn and Garretstown in Cork and Ross in County Mayo – regained their status.

Ballinskelligs in Co. Kerry. Picture: Failte Ireland

From Keel strand in Achill Island, to Dunmore Strand in Waterford and White Strand Doonbeg in Kerry, there's a place for everyone to enjoy the summer sun this year on some of the best beaches in Europe.

Silver Strand in Co. Galway. Picture: Wild Atlantic Way

Here’s the full list of Blue Flag beaches and marinas in Ireland...

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Clare

Ballycuggeran (Killaloe)

Cappa pier

Fanore

Kilkee

Lahinch

Mountshannon

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Spanish Point

White Strand Doonbeg

White Strand Miltown Malbay

Cork      

Redbarn Beach

Barleycove

Garrylucas

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Inchydoney

Owenahincha

Tragumna

Garretstown

Kinsale Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht club

Donegal

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Downings

Rossnowlagh

Greencastle Marina

Bundoran

Carrickfinn

Culdaff

Fintra

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Killahoey

Magherawarden (Portsalon)

Marblehill

Murvagh

Portnoo/Naran

Shroove

Dun Laoghaire

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Seapoint

Fingal   

Portmarnock/Velvet Strand

Galway

An Trá Mhór (Inverin)

Cill Mhuirbhigh (Aran)

Loughrea Lake

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Salthill

Silverstrand

Trá an Dóilin

Traught

Portumna

Kerry    

Inch

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Ballybunion North

Ballybunion South

Ballyheigue

Banna

Fenit

Kells

Magherabeg

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Rossbeigh

Ventry

White Strand Caherciveen

Fenit Marina

Ballinskelligs

Derrynane

Louth

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Port/Lurganboy

Shellinghill/Templetown

Clogherhead

Mayo

Bertra

Carrowmore

Clare Island

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Dooega

Elly Bay

Golden Strand

Keel

Keem

Mullaghroe

Mulranny

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Silverstrand Dugort

Ross Killala

Westmeath     

Killinure Point

Sligo      

Rosses Point

Waterford

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Clonea

Councillors Strand Dunmore East

Dunmore Strand

Tramore

Wexford     

Ballinesker Beach

Courtown

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Curracloe

Morriscastle

Rosslare

Ballymoney North Beach

Kilmore Quay Marina

New Ross Marina

Wicklow

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Brittas Bay North Beach

Brittas Bay South Beach

Greystones

Bray South Promenade