03 May 2016
Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2016
Enjoy your beach, enjoy your beach clean!
6th – 15th May 2016
A call for new recruits to join the Island of Ireland’s Largest Coastal Clean Up
Almost 3,000 volunteers took to beaches around the country during Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2015 to remove a staggering 10 tonnes of marine litre from the coastline.
With a target to remove a further 11 tonnes from Irish beaches this year, Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2016 runs from 6 – 15th May and is calling on volunteers across the country to once again get involved in the numerous coastal clean-ups and events taking place throughout the week.
With the theme, ‘Enjoy Your Beach, Enjoy Your Beach Clean’, the 2016 awareness week is run by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce in partnership with Coca-Cola and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. Over 120 beach cleans are planned alongside more than 20 coastal celebration events across island of Ireland in celebration of the beautiful natural resource of the coastline and to raise awareness of the importance of keeping beaches clean from litter.
The United Nation Environmental Programme (UNEP) estimates that 8 million individual litter items enter the marine environment every day. Marine litter includes a range of materials which have been deliberately discarded, or accidentally lost on shore or at sea. It includes materials that are carried out to sea from land, rivers, drainage, sewerage systems and even by the wind.
Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2016 will host a range of fun and informative events with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of protecting our coastline. Coastal celebrations will range from beach fitness activities that incorporate clean-ups, to a seal release in partnership Seal Rescue Ireland at Morriscastle in Wexford, and talks on the role of marram grass planting in halting coastal erosion. Other events include National #2MinuteBeachClean Day, the launch of Love Your Coast photography competition, and Beat the Microbead Day.
In keeping with the theme, an inaugural open-air cinema event will also take place at Sandymount Strand in partnership with Happenings. The summer classic ‘Jaws’ will air at 9.30pm. The event will further raise awareness of the many ways communities can and should enjoy their coastline across the country. More information is available via the Happenings Facebook page.
Speaking about the initiative Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: I am delighted to be associated with an Taisce’s coastal initiatives such as Clean Coasts. This Trojan effort, participated in by so many dedicated volunteers, harnesses the pride and ownership that individuals have for their shared maritime amenity. It provides an opportunity for people to empower themselves to protect and enhance their valued resource – to act as current custodians of a precious entity for the generations to come. It also helps to raise awareness of the broad environmental harm that litter causes and how important is to reduce, reuse and recycle to prevent litter from being generated in the first place.
Speaking at the launch Micheal John O’Mahony, An Taisce said: “We are expecting more than 100 beaches to be cleaned by thousands of volunteers during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week. Every piece of litter removed whether as part of a large beach clean or a #2MinuteBeachClean is one less item that will pollute our oceans or be ingested by marine life. .”
Ciara Cashen, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said, “We are very pleased to support Clean Coast Week once again this year, supporting the many fun and awareness-generating events taking place around the country.
“As a global company, Coca-Cola has proud sustainability credentials and it is a source of great pride for us that Coca-Cola HBC recently topped the Dow Jones World and Europe Sustainability Indices in the beverage category for a 2nd consecutive year. Our local business makes an important contribution to these results, with ambitious 2020 targets to reduce our impact on the environment, focussing on water, waste and energy usage. We are pleased that we are on track to deliver against our commitments, with some already achieved ahead of schedule.
“Our partnership with Clean Coast is a further demonstration of our commitment to sustainability, and I would like to take the opportunity to encourage all community groups across the country to get involved in their local events and clean-ups, supporting the important goal of keeping our marine environment litter-free.”
While all events throughout Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2016 are free, some are ticketed; people are encouraged to check out the website for more details. www.cleancoasts.org.
Clean Coasts Week Events
|Marram Grass Planting Day||Inchnadoney, Cork
|6th May||Meeting pace TBC. Sand dunes act as natural buffers to the forces of the ocean and worth protecting. They are our one of our natural coastal defence mechanisms and protect the land behind the dune area whether agricultural or housing areas. They are also an important habitat for coastal flora and fauna.
If you would like to get involved in a Marram Grass Planting Project please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01 40022210
|All Corners Clean||Dublin
Other Locations to be confirmed
|Saturday 7th May||All corners covered, all corners clean!
Large clean ups are happening all along with coast in cooperation with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
If you would like to get involved please email us on email@example.com
|Love Your Coast Photography Competition Launch||Nationwide||9th May||Clean Coasts Love Your Coast Photography Competition will be launched on May 9th.
For more information see cleancoasts.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Seaweed Talk||Brother Hubbard, Dublin City||10th May @7pm||On Monday May 9th of Coca Cola Clean Coast week the Clean Coast team will run a seaweed evening in Brother Hubbarbs on Capel Street Dublin 7. This intimate event will highlight the benefits and potential of seaweed in our food and cosmetics. The evening will feature speakers spreading their knowledge about how they use seaweed in their business. The event will run from 6.30-8.30pm. Spaces are limited so ensure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.|
|Open Air Cinema
|12th May @ nightfall
|Clean Coasts are delighted to be screening ‘Jaws’ as part of Clean Coasts Week.
We would like to engage the public with this special screening at this remarkable coastal location. Information on marine litter and Clean Coasts will kick start the event.
This will be a leave no trace event organised in conjunction with Happenings.
|Beat the Microbead Day||Nationwide||11th May||Clean Coasts will be holding their annual Beat the Microbead Day on May 11th. Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic are ingredients in thousands of personal care products sold around the world. These microbeads, hardly visible to the naked eye, flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewage system. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out microbeads and so they end up in our oceans. Sea creatures absorb or eat microbeads. These microbeads are passed along the marine food chain. Since humans are ultimately at the top of this food chain, it is likely that we are also absorbing microbeads from the food we eat. Microbeads are not biodegradable and once they enter the marine environment, they are impossible to remove.
|Mick Mackey Lunchtime Talk||Museum of Archaeology, Dublin||12th May @ 1pm||Mick is a Marine Biologist that graduated from the Institue of Antarctic & Southern Ocean Studies (Tasmania) in 1995. As a part of his studies, Mick travelled to Antarctica studying the productivity of sea ice algae during the southern winter. Mick went on to spend a further three months with Australian Antarctic Division participating in a landmark marine mammal survey of the Southern Ocean. He then travelled to Europe in 1996 where he worked at University College Cork (UCC) researching marine mammal strandings, the bycatch of marine mammals in a variety of Irish gillnet fisheries. and the abundance and distribution of cetaceans and seabirds off the Irish west coast. Mick then returned to the Antarctic in 2009, where he worked on Bird Island, South Georgia for the British Antarctic Survey. During his 30 months on Bird Island, Mick researched the summer breeding biolgy of the Antarctic Fur Seals and the winter feeding biology of the Leopard Seals. After spending a winter in Northern Norway photographing the northern lights, Mick is now the Cruise Leader with UCC’s ObSERVE Aerial project that investigates the offshore distribution and abundance of cetacean and seabird populations in Irish territorial waters. Mick is also an experienced photographer that has hosted a number of solo seascape and wildlife photographic exhibitions.
|Fitness on the Beach||Various Locations||13th May||Clean Coasts will team up running clubs to organise beach cleans and encourage them to add beach cleans to their training session. We will also provide free yoga classes along the coast on this day. Kite-surfing talks/workshops will be carried out in schools in Wexford. More events will be added to this day as planned.
o Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty
· Lighthouse Walk
o Mindfulness walk along the Dingle coast
· Kite-Surfing Club
· Fitness on beach
|National #2minutebeachclean Day||Nationwide||14th May||Celebrate by donating 2 minutes of your time to Clean Coasts by doing a 2 minute beach clean! Our aim is to engage as many people as possible in this BIG IMPACT initiative. On May 14th we are asking everyone who goes to the beach whether it’s for a surf, swim or walk to do their very own #2minutebeachclean. Take a snap of the litter collected and post your snap on instagram/twitter/facebook with the tags @cleancoasts #2minutebeachclean. It’s as easy as that and be in with a chance to win a Clean Coasts #2MinuteBeachClean t-shirt!
Release of #2minutebeachclean video
|Seal Release and Beach Clean||Wexford, Morriscastle Strand||15th May||This event will be run in partnership with Seal Rescue Ireland. First we will ask attendee to take part in beach clean to ensure the beach is clean and safe for the seal release, then we watch and the seal is released back to it’s natural habitat. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Clean Coasts and Seal Rescue to learn about seals, the danger to seals and how we can protect wildlife along our coastline.|
Registered Clean Ups to date:
|Coastcare Group Name||County||Where is clean-up||Date of clean-up||Time of Clean up||Meeting point|
|Oceanics||Co. Clare||Lahinch Beach||06/05/2016||12pm||Dive Academy base Lahinch SEAWORLD|
|Neighbours of Mulroog East||Co. Clare||Lahinch Beach and the surrounding area||08/05/2016||10.30am||West Coast Surf Club Van by Seaworld, Lahinch prom|
|WISKA||Co. Clare||Goleen Bay. about 10k South of Kilkee||13/05/2016||6:30pm||6pm in front of St Joseph’s Community College on left on Loop Head road on outskirts of Kilkee
6:30pm at Goleen Bay.
|Doonbeg Community Development Ltd.||Co. Clare||Doughmore Beach, doonbeg||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Freagh Coastal Group||Co. Clare||White Strand Miltown Malbay||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Mount Saint Michael Secondary School||Co. Cork||Owenahincha or the Warren Beach||02/06/2016||10am||We will depart from the school|
|Belgooly Tidy Villages||Co. Cork||Inchydonnay Beach||06/05/2016||10am – 1pm||Inchydonnay Hotel|
|Cappa Marter Disability Group||Co. Cork||TBD||07/05/2016||TBD||TBD|
|St. Josephs Girls National School||Co. Cork||Clonaklity||07/05/2016||TBD||TBD|
|Capel Villa||Co. Cork||Greenlands Strand, Ballmacoda||07/05/2016||11am||Greenlands Strand|
|Prison Cove Clean Coasts Group||Co. Cork||Prison Cove||07/05/2016||3pm||Prison Cove|
|Oysterhaven and Nohoval Residents Association||Co. Cork||Oysterhaven beaches||12/05/2016||7:30pm||beach car park|
|Sutton Dinghy Club CE Project||Co. Cork||Garnish Beach||07/05/2016||11.00||Garnish beach|
|Carrigaloe Clean Coast Group||Co. Cork||Carrigaloe, Cuskinny||07/05/2016||10am||Whitepoint Playground|
|Long Strand Beach Clean Up||Co. Cork||The Long Strand , Rosscarbery
, Co Cork
|08/05/2016||11am||At the car park|
|Carrignafoy Community College||Co. Cork||White Point, Cobh||09/05/2016||4.00||White Point, Cobh|
|Blackrock Tidy Towns||Co. Cork||Warren Beach Rosscarbery||10/05/2016||10.30am||Warren Car Park|
|St Colman’s College||Co. Cork||Garryvoe or Ardmore||11/05/2016||TBC||Beach car park|
|Glounthaune Tidy Towns||Co. Cork||Shore line along the walkway||11/05/2016||6.00||Walkway|
|St. Colmans Community College||Co. Cork||Roches Point||11/05/2016||9.30||Roches Point|
|Lehanmore Coastcare Group||Co. Cork||Cork Estuary beside Glounthaune Village||14/05/2016||10.30||Childrens Playground|
|Eyeries Tidy Towns||Co. Cork||Eyeries Seawall and The Strand, Eyeries, Beara , Co. cork||15/05/2016||12 noon||The Strand, Eyeries|
|Ballynamona Clean Coast Group||Co. Cork||Ballynamona Beach||23/05/2016||9.30||Ballynamona beach|
|Inchydoney Island Residents Association||Co. Cork||Inchydoney beaches x 2. Surrounding car parks, beach walk ways, dunes.||28/05/2016||9.30am||Outside Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa hotel|
|Carrignafoy Community College||Co. Cork||Cuskinny Beach||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|St Colmans College||Co. Cork||Garrylucas, Ardmore, Whiting Bay||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Lee River Conservation Group||Co. Cork||Dutch Man’s Cove||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Skibbereen Tidy Towns||Co. Cork||Tragumna Beach Skibbereen||14/05/2016||10am||Car park near beaach|
|Bunlacky Clean Coasts Group||Co. Donegal||bunlacky shore||23/04/2016||12.00||bunlacky shore|
|St. Nicolas||Co. Donegal||Shore Front||07/05/2016||10.00am||Sundial, Shore Front, Buncrana|
|Bundoran Tidy Towns||Co. Donegal||Main Beach, Bundoran, Co Donegal||07/05/2016||11am||Main Beach car park, Bundoran|
|Arranmore Crew||Co. Donegal||Arranmore Island ( 6 Beaches)
Aphort, Screg, lebgarrow, Fallagowan, Chapel Srand, Balacreich
|Glenbeigh Community Council||Co. Donegal||Carrigart Strand – all sides.||07/05/2016||11am to 1pm||At the lamppost on the Island of Roy road.|
|Keep Cruit Clean||Co. Donegal||Beaches on Cruit Island and surrounding Cruit/Kincasslagh/Keadue bay area||08/05/2016||12pm||Cruit Island Bridge (parking available). Group will split up from there to cover the various areas.|
|Cósta Glan agus Glas An Fhál Charraigh||Co. Donegal||Drumnatinny Beach||11/05/2016||5.00||Beach Car Park|
|West Coast Surf Club||Co. Donegal||Buncrana shore front||11/05/2016||9am||Crana College|
|Killybegs Tidy Towns Committee||Co. Donegal||Loughead Shoreline Killybegs||14/05/2016||10 depends on tides||Loughhead, Killybegs|
|Strandhill Clean Coasts||Co. Donegal||Killyhoey Beach, Dunfanaghy||14/05/2016||10am to noon||Car Park|
|Inver Coastal clean up||Co. Donegal||Inver Beach||15/05/2016||2pm||Inver beach car park|
|Iasc na Mara Swimming club||Co. Donegal||From Boatquay to Thrupenny Pool, Bundoran||21/05/2016||12 o clock||Thrupenny Pool|
|Buncrana Tidy Towns Initiative||Co. Donegal||Shore Front incl Ladies Bay||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Costa Glan||Co. Donegal||Druimnatinney||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Raghley Clean coasts||Co. Donegal||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|33 Gortmore Road||Co. Dublin||Donabate and Portrane Beaches.||07/05/2016||TBC||Donabate: Fingal Co Co Car park next to the Waterdside Hotel Car park
If we have enough volunteers: Portrane: next to the Brook Pub
|Donabate Beach Buddies||Co. Dublin||Donabate Beach, North County Dublin||07/05/2016||2pm||Fingal County Council Car park next to Waterside Hotel car park|
|Portmarnock Community Association||Co. Dublin||Portmarnock Beach||07/05/2016||10am||Kiosk on the seafront in Portmarnock|
|Coill Dubh Malahide||Co. Dublin||Malahide, Portmarnock||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Brooks Hotel||Co. Dublin||Sandymount Beach||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Hampton Cove Resident’s Association||Co. Dublin||Hampton Cove Beach and The Bower||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Rosscarbery Tidy Towns||Co. Dublin||Coast in the vicinity of Sutton Dinghy Club||09/05/2016||11.30am||Sutton Dinghy Club|
|Cobh Tidy Towns||Co. Dublin||Balbriggan beach||TBC||all day||Balbriggan beach|
|Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns||Co. exford||Morriscastle Beach, Ballynamona Beach||14/05/2016||11am||Morriscastle carpark|
|Aran Islands Business Network / Coop Inis Mor||Co. Galway||Claddagh Beach, South Park,||15/05/2016||TBC||Claddagh Community Hall|
|Rang 5, Soil na bhForbacha||Co. Galway||Furbo Beach||28/04/2016||TBC||TBC|
|St. Brendan’s N.S.||Co. Galway||Mulroog East coastal area||02/05/2016||10am||Mulroog East|
|A Team||Co. Galway||Streamstown Point/Clifden ecoBeach Campsite||08/05/2016||TBC||Clifden ecoBeach Campsite|
|School Group||Co. Galway||Ballyloughane Strand||10/05/2016||TBC||Holy Trinity National School|
|St Mary’s Primary School||Co. Galway||Inis Mor, Aran Islands||11/05/2016||6pm||crois I gcill ronain / cross in kilronan|
|NUIG GMIT Sub Aqua||Co. Galway||Grattan Beach|
|Scoil Mhuire||Co. Kerry||Rossbeigh||27/04/2016||4-6pm||Rossbeigh Beach|
|Fenor National School||Co. Kerry||Fenit||07/05/2016||11 to 2||Playgound|
|Carrigart Development Ass.||Co. Kerry||Lockes Beach, Fenit||22/06/2016||10am||St Brendans NS|
|MFV Emma Lou T450||Co. Kerry||beaches around Cahirciveen||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Maharees Conservation||Co. Kerry||Maharees: Brandon Bay,Tralee Bay||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Littor Strand CCG||Co. Kerry||Littor Strand||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Derrymore Clean Coasts Group||Co. Kerry||Derrymore||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Northern Trust Clean Coasts Group||Co. Limerick||Lahinch Beach||10/05/2016||4.00||Lahinch Promenade|
|Glin Development Tidy Towns||Co. Limerick||Glin Pier||14/05/2016||11am||Gin Town Park|
|Dive Academy – Scuba Diving School||Co. Louth||Blackrock, Louth||09/05/2016||10am||Lower Car Park, Blackrock village|
|PayPal Green Team||Co. Louth||Greenore Co Louth||14/05/2016||11.30am to 1pm||Greenore Port|
|Carlingford Tidy Towns||Co. Louth||Carlingford||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Dunfanaghy Tidy Towns Committee||Co. Mayo||The beach at Port a’ Chlóidh||06/05/2016||11am||At the car park nearest Port a’ Chlóidh beach|
|Dookinella (Thulis) Residents Association||Co. Mayo||Dookinella Beach,
|Kilcummin Community Group||Co. Mayo||Kilcummin Back Strand||14/052016||10.00||Parking area above beach|
|Claggan Island Clean Coasts Group||Co. Mayo||Claggan Island||09/05/2016||12 to 4||Claggan strand|
|Lissadell Coast Care Group||Co. Sligo||Lissadell Beach||07/05/2016||2pm||Coilte carpark at the main beach Lissadell|
|Skreen Dromard Coastal Care Group||Co. Sligo||Dunmoran Strand||07/05/2016||0.15||Car Park at Dunmoran Strand|
|School Group||Co. Sligo||Rosses point||09/05/2016||12.30||Rosses point|
|Holy Trinity National School||Co. Sligo||Strandhill beach||13/05/2016||7pm||The Canon, Strandhill beach|
|Rosses Point Clean Coasts Group||Co. Sligo||Rosses Point Beach, Sligo||15/05/2016||30||TBC|
|Seatrials Beachclean||Co. Sligo||Strandhill||22/05/2016||12.00||Cannon at promenade in Strandhill|
|St. Cecilia’s School||Co. Sligo||Rosses Point Beach||14/06/2016||30-40||TBC|
|Seatrails Beach Cleans||Co. Sligo||Strandhill / Streedagh / Rosses Point||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Fourth Sligo Beavers||Co. Sligo||Rosses Point||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Sligo Fossickers||Co. Sligo||Now Wild Atlantic Way||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Easkey Community Council Limited||Co. Sligo.||Along the coastline of Easkey and Rathlee. Along the Wild Atlantic Way||15/05/2016||2 to 4||We will meet at Easkey Castle and at Rathlee shoreline.|
|Claddagh Beach Clean-Up||Co. Waterford||Kilfarrissey Beach||06/05/2016||11 to 1||Kilfarrissey Beach,|
|Park Hotel Leisure Centre||Co. Waterford||Clonea Strand||08/05/2016||10||TBC|
|Crana College||Co. Waterford||Tramore||14/05/2016||2pm||Lifeguard Hut (at the end of the prom, across from Brooklyn)|
|Ardmore Clean Coasts||Co. Waterford||Ardmore Beach||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Hook Residents Association||Co. Wexford||Slade/ Hook peninsula||05/05/2016||TBC||Slade harbour|
|Hooked kitesurfing||Co. Wexford||Duncannon Beach||13/05/2016||3pm||Hooked Kitesurfing Centre|
|Comhar Dún Chaochain Teo||Co. Wexford||Rosslare||15/05/2016||11.15am||school|
|Rosslare Strand Tidy Towns Group||Co. Wexford||Rosslare Strand||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Seal Rescue Ireland||Co. Wexford||Courtown Beach; Dodds Rock Beach||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|13th Wexford Scouts, Clonard, Wexford||Co. Wicklow||Currecloe, Wexford||07/05/2016||11am||Blackwater for Scouts, Ballinesker for Cubs and Beavers
to Raven point and back through the Woods.
|Greystones Coast Care||Co. Wicklow||Greystones South & North Beaches||10/05/2016||6 to 8pm||Car Park beside South Beach|
|National Sea Life Centre||Co. Wicklow||Bray Beach||14/05/2016||TBC|
|Arklow Coastcare||Co. Wicklow||Ennareilly Beach, Co Wicklow||19/04/2016||TBC||Carpark to Ennareilly Beach|
Clean Coasts Ireland is owned and operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland. It is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland. It has been operating in Ireland for 11 years and engages 437 Clean Coasts groups and thousands of beach users. The Green Coast award is also part of the Clean Coasts programme and is an award for beaches that have excellent water quality but may not have the necessary built infrastructure to be eligible for the Blue Flag award. www.cleancoasts.org
Clean Coast, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
The Clean Coast Programme is operated by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and sponsored by Coca-Cola. The Clean Coast supports local people who are passionate about caring for Northern Ireland’s coastline and inland waterways. The Clean Coast Programme is one of the volunteering opportunities delivered through Live Here Love Here. www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org
Coca-Cola HBC Ireland is part of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group, named by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as the industry leader amongst beverage companies for a second consecutive year in 2015. Since 2001, it has also listed in the FTSE4Good Index, the London Stock Exchange’s index of companies that meet environmental and social criteria. The company won the award for Green Manufacturer of the Year at the 2015 Green Awards. Investing in the community, minimising environmental impact and ensuring resource sustainability in areas such water, energy and packaging is a key focus for Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola has also invested in an innovative green-tech Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at its Irish production facility in Lisburn – the first quad-generation CHP plant in Britain or Ireland.