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Ocean Talks and Ocean Hero Awards – 21st November 2017 2017-11-22T14:16:37+00:00

Media Contact:Sinead McCoy
Email: smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org
Phone: 087 1347950// 01 4002210

 

Clean Coasts Ocean Talks and Ocean Hero 2017

The Clean Coasts programme was delighted to host Ocean Talks with our Ocean Hero Awards on 21st November 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. 

The presence of marine litter in our oceans is a global concern that requires action.  Adequate measures are needed to address the impacts of litter in the marine environment both at sea and on land whereby public awareness and community action plays a vital role. The Clean Coasts Ocean Talks and Ocean Hero Awards will bring together key stakeholders in the area of marine litter such as coastal communities, NGOs, tourism bodies, the science community, business and the fishing industry.

Ocean Talks Speakers:

Dr Easkey Britton, NUI Galway, Pro Surfer: Dr Easkey Britton, founder of Like Water, is a big-wave surfer and marine social scientist at NUIG. Her work explores the relationship between people and the sea, using her passion for the ocean to create social change and connection across cultures. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at NUI Galway co-leading NEAR-Health.

Dr Yvonne Lang, Sligo Institute of Technology: Dr Yvonne Lang is an assistant lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences in IT Sligo. Yvonne’s doctoral research explored the potential use of marine organisms for pharmaceutical industry related applications. Her current research interests include marine microorganisms and microorganism-microplastic interactions.

Soibhan Faulker, Clogherhead Development Group: Siobhan and her family are active members of the Clougherhead fishing industry and community. Siobhan volunteers and chairs the Clougherhead Development Group. The group are the local drivers for participation and award winning local and national success on a number of key initiatives such as Tidy Towns, Louth Looking Good and Pride of Place. The Clougherhead Development

Group work closely with the local fishing fleet on these initiatives as well as industry specific initiatives such as BIM’s Net Recycling and Fishing For Litter.

This year Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards are celebrating eleven years of honouring the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline. The awards, originally known as the ‘Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006, consisting then of only one category, ‘The Clean Coasts’ Group of the Year’. Since then the Clean Coasts’ programme has grown to engage over 600 Clean Coasts groups, becoming embedded in many coastal communities nationwide. In an effort to recognise this growth the number of Ocean Hero categories have also expanded to include, Individual of the Year, Bright Idea of the Year, School of the Year, Business of the Year and Beach Clean of the Year.

Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said “Over the past 11 years the Clean Coasts programme’s Ocean Hero Awards have really brought to the fore the remarkable work and wonderful coastal celebration events that Clean Coasts volunteers have been involved in along the Irish coastline. We hope this year is no different as we look forward to receiving inspirational nominations that show the true dedication of these coastal custodians.”

The Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Award Winners 2017 are as follows:

  1. Maharees Conservation Group, Kerry Ocean Hero Award – Group of the Year
  2. Seamus McGoldrick, Strandhill, Sligo Ocean Hero Award – Individual of the Year
  3. NorthWest Coastal Clean Ups Ocean Hero Award – Idea of the Year
  4. St Colman’s Community College, Cork Ocean Hero Award – School of the Year
  5. Galway Atlantaquaria, Galway Ocean Hero Award – Business of the Year
  6. Creevy Co-Op, Donegal Ocean Hero Award – Beach Clean of the Year
  7. Clean Coasts Ballynamona Ocean Hero Award – Outstanding Achievement Award

For more information on any of the above winners please see the attached Ocean Talks and Ocean Hero Brochure or contact Clean Coasts for more information.

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government and Fáilte Ireland.

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About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main national clean-up drives – Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and the Big Beach Clean. Our volunteering has expanded to include Corporate Volunteering and the Ocean Hero Awards also. Other aspects include the Green Coast Award, the Love Your Coast Photography competition, the Clean Coasts Roadshow for coastal communities and we are continuing to grow the Clean Coasts programme with the likes of Ocean Talks. The programme also operate several campaigns in Ireland including Think Before You Flush and international campaigns #2minutebeachclean and Beat the Microbead.  The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently over 600 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterway. http://www.cleancoastsireland.org/

 

Love Your Coast Awards – 31st October 2017 2017-11-01T09:49:39+00:00

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast
Photography Awards 2017

 

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards were held on 31st October in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 2.  Micheal John O’Mahony, Director of the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, presented the prizes to the winning photographers.  

Ireland has some of the most spectacular and diverse coastline in the world. Now in its eight year, Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Competition is all about capturing the essence of the Irish coast – its extensive beauty and diverse character. Clean Coasts works with communities on the ground to help foster pride in our coastline and we look forward to seeing this reflected in the entries. 

Clean Coasts launched the Love Your Coast Photography Competition in May during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and with a prize fund of €5,000 it attracted huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers. There are five categories in the competition; Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and Underwater.

The difficult task of judging this year’s competition was undertaken by Ken O’Sullivan – Documentary Filmmaker, Naoise Culhane – Professional Photographer, Keith O’Hara – InstaIreland,  Micheal John O’Mahony – Director, Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce, Philip O’Donovan – Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Eoin McDonnell – Failte Ireland.

Clean Coasts would like to wish huge congratulations to Gino Perfetti for taking home ‘Photograph of the Year 2017’ Award for his image ‘Withstanding the Storm’.

Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manger, spoke of the awards, The images submitted to the Love Your Coast Awards this year was of an extremely high standard and illustrating the vast character of our coastline from Fanad in Donegal to the Skelligs in Kerry, from dolphins to surfers and from families enjoying a day out at the beach to dramatic seascapes, these photographs truly captured the essence of the Irish Coastline.”

A gallery of the winning photographs can be found on www.cleancoasts.org or on Facebook/CleanCoasts.

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Housing, Planning and Local Government, and Fáilte Ireland.

 

If you require images in high resolution or any other information, please contact Sinead McCoy

smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org // cleancoasts@eeu.antaisce.org

0871347950

 

WINNERS 2017

People & The Coast      
  Name Title Location
1 Tom Ormond Skelligs Surfer St. Finians Bay, Co. Kerry
2 Bren Whelan Guardians of the Coast Lough Foyle, Co. Donegal
3 Martina Gardiner Flying Horses Omey Island, Connemara, Co. Galway
Wildlife and the Coast      
1 Clodagh Blake Grace of the Dolphins Youghal, Co. Cork
2 Michael Linehan Gull with  Ragworm Broadmeadow Estuary, Malahide, Co. Dublin
3 Christopher Howes Bath Time Wicklow Head, Co. Wicklow
Coastal Landscape      
1 Piotr Machowczyk Co. Clare Beauty Killkee, Co. Clare
2 Jaro Fagan Moonlight at Clogher Head Dingle, Co. Kerry
3 Michael Gavin Sunset at Saddle Head Achill Island, Co. Mayo
Coastal Heritage      
1 Gino Perfetti Withstanding the Storm Blackrock, Co. Dublin
2 Paul Lynch Rockabill Storm Drumanagh, Loughshinny, Co. Dublin
3 John Hall Fanad Wave Fanad Lighthouse, Co. Donegal
Underwater      
1 Alan Cranston Basking Shark Feeding Culldaff, Co. Donegal
2 Nigel Motyer Floating Seal Dalkey Island, Co. Dublin
3 Derek Bolton  Pelagia Noctiluca Skellig Islands, Co. Kerry

 

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Clean Coasts

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 14 years and engages 600 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

 

The Judging Panel:

Ken O’Sullivan, Documentary Filmmaker

Ken O’Sullivan has been a natural history filmmaker, cameraman and ocean conservationist for over twelve years. He has produced, directed and shot natural history series for RTÉ & TG4 and worked as freelance cameraman/director for BBC NHU, CBC Canada, ITV and many TV commercials and docudrama projects. Ken is a passionate marine conservationist and leads conservation projects on sharks, skates and rays in Ireland and continues to be at the forefront of cetacean (whale & dolphin) research in Ireland, working closely with Irish academic institutions, the Marine Institute and various conservation organisations.

Brenda Fitzsimons, Irish Times

Brenda Fitzsimons is a staff photographer and deputy picture editor with The Irish Times. Brenda has won numerous awards including the prestigious AIB/PPAI Photojournalist of the Year Award and the A.T.Cross Photographer of the Year. Her work has brought her on many assignments around the world including Afghanistan, Libya, Bangladesh, Malawi and the earthquake in Haiti where her work was exhibited in the Gallery of Photography. She has worked in Sierra Leone where she contributed to the 1000Days project with Concern. Brenda instigated the book ‘Caught On Camera’ a project where schoolchildren documented their lives in the Dublin Docklands. The publication won the Business to Arts Award.

Naoise Culhane, Professional Photographer

Naoise is a commercial photographer based in Dublin, working in the areas of Press, Public Relations, Corporate and Lifestyle photography.He has built a reputation for quality, style and delivery and works closely with clients to create unique images for national campaigns across all mediums.

Micheal John O’Mahoney, Director of Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce

In his role as Director of the Environmental Education Unit Micheal John O’Mahony oversees the delivery and development of Environmental Education Unit programmes such as Blue Flag, Green-Schools, Clean Coasts, Greening Communities, Neat Streets, Green Home, National Spring Clean, Green Communities and Green Campus. Alongside this, he is a keen wildlife photographer.

Keith O’Hara, InstaIreland

Keith is passionate about the moment of magic when a real-life travel experience collides with the power of the internet. In 2014, he set up instaireland.ie, a little slice of Ireland online that aims to guide people on an Irish road trip that gives birth to a lifetime of memories.

Failte Ireland

Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority is a proud sponsor of the Clean Coasts programme for the past 10 years. The Green Coast Awards and associated Clean Coasts groups act as custodians for the beaches, seas, and marine life in Ireland, ensuring that they are managed appropriately and that they are litter and pollution free for our visitors to enjoy. Local communities are at the heart of Irish tourism and the Clean Coasts groups provide a model for how communities can take a lead in protecting our core tourism assets.

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

As part of its commitments under the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive and OSPAR’s Marine Litter Action Plan, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is proud to support An Taisce’s ‘Clean Coasts Programme’, in its enthusiastic engagement with marine communities in relation to marine litter and in heightening public awareness and influencing positive behaviour among civil society. The Department would also like to acknowledge the tremendous work done by hundreds of local clean coast groups around the coast in protecting the marine environment, for the generations to come.

 

Big Beach Clean 2017 2017-10-18T09:28:29+00:00

Media Contact: Sinead McCoy
Telephone:  087 1347950
Email:smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org
 

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2017 
Join the world’s largest coastal cleanup
@CleanCoasts#BigBeachClean

 

Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean weekend will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of September 2017. We are delighted to team up again with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. In 2016, over half a million volunteers in 112 countries removed 8 million kg of marine litter from the world’s oceans.

Clean Coasts are inviting volunteers to join this global coastal movement for litter free seas and be part of the world’s largest coastal cleanup and marine litter survey. Removing marine litter from our beautiful coastline helps protect our coastal habitats and marine life.

Last year 120 cleanups took place in Ireland during the Big Beach Clean weekend. This year we are on course to surpass that total.

Join the movement for litter free seas and register a cleanup for the Big Beach Clean weekend www.cleancoasts.org . Volunteers receive a free clean up kit containing bags, gloves, health and safety information, data cards and hi-vis vests.

During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are also asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

Speaking about the Big Beach Clean, Sinead McCoy, Clean Coasts National Manager

said, “We are so lucky in Ireland to have such spectacular sandy beaches and rocky shores but each year millions of tonnes of litter enter our seas and oceans causing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. We all have a responsibility in caring for our coastline so the Clean Coasts programme is inviting volunteers to join this global coastal clean-up helping remove marine litter from our beautiful coastline and aid in the protection of our coastal habitats and marine life”.

 

Notes to the Editor:

Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning and Local Government, and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts is made up of two elements; Clean Coasts volunteering and the Green Coast Award. The Green Coast Award is an award for beaches that meet the excellent standard for water quality as set out in the revised Bathing Water Directive (EC 2006/7/EC) but may not have the necessary built infrastructure to achieve Blue Flag status. An important element of this award is that these beaches have a beach management plan in place and that the local community are engaged in this process.

The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently over 500 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.

 

The Marine Litter we find

During Clean Coasts Week in May and The Big Beach Clean in September Clean Coasts volunteers carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the abundance and types of marine litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

We have found that plastic bottle caps tend to be the number one culprit. Plastic bottles, aluminium drinks cans and cigarette butts tend to be amongst the highest ranking litter items found. Other common items generally in the top ten include food packaging, sweet wrappers and fishing litter such as rope and string and sewage related debris/litter such as baby wipes and cotton bud sticks are also often in the top ten litter items found on Ireland’s beaches. We do also find some unusual items like a shopping trolley handle, a computer keyboard, shoes and even a steering wheel!

 

Ocean Hero Awards 2017 – 31st August 2017 2017-10-18T09:28:18+00:00

Media Contact: Olivia Jones
Email: ojones@eeu.antaisce.org
Phone: 087 2045259

 

Clean Coasts – Ocean Hero Awards 2017
‘A Call to Nominate Ireland’s Ocean Heroes’

Friday 31st August 2017 The call for Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards nominations is now open.

Clean Coasts are asking the public to nominate volunteers who they believe have made an outstanding contribution to Ireland’s coastal environment.

The Clean Coasts programme, which is Ireland’s foremost community-based coastal education programme works with over 540 volunteer groups nationwide. These inspirational groups work collectively to create a cleaner and more sustainably managed coastline. In an effort to recognise these volunteers, Clean Coasts has been running ‘Ocean Heroes’ for over a decade and in that time have awarded groups and individuals from all walks of coastal life.

This year we are looking for entries to the following 6 categories: Group of the Year, Individual of the Year, School of the Year, Business of the Year, Idea of the Year and Beach Clean of the Year.

Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said, “There are so many dedicated groups and individuals working to protect the Irish Coastline, as a result, we are delighted to be in position to hold these awards. The awards have really brought to the fore the remarkable work and wonderful coastal celebration events Clean Coasts’ volunteers have been involved in to date. Once again we are really looking forward to receiving inspirational nominations that show the true dedication of these coastal custodians.”

If you would like to recognise an individual, Clean Coasts’ group, school, business, beach clean or idea that made a difference to our coast, you can nominate them at: www.cleancoasts.org.

For the ‘Idea of Year Award’ we are looking for volunteers who have raised the profile of coastal protection in their community through awareness raising events and interesting initiatives.

The nomination process only takes a few minutes and we would love to hear your voice. Please make your nominations on www.cleancoasts.org by Friday October 20th for inclusion in the selection process.

Nominations are invited in the following categories:

  1. Ocean Hero Award – Group of the Year
  2. Ocean Hero Award – Individual of the Year
  3. Ocean Hero Award – School of the Year
  4. Ocean Hero Award – Business of the Year
  5. Ocean Hero Award – Idea of the Year
  6. Ocean Hero Award – Beach Clean of the Year

The winning entries will be invited to attend an award ceremony and celebration luncheon on the 21st of November, in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2.

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government and Fáilte Ireland.

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About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government, and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main national clean-up drives – Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and the Big Beach Clean. Our volunteering has expanded to include Corporate Volunteering and the Ocean Hero Awards also. Other aspects include the Green Coast Award, the Love Your Coast Photography competition, the Clean Coasts Roadshow for coastal communities and we are continuing to grow the Clean Coasts programme with the likes of Ocean Talks. The programme also operates several campaigns in Ireland including ‘Think Before You Flush’ and international campaigns ‘#2minutebeachclean’ and ‘Beat the Microbead’.  The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 549 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterway. http://www.cleancoastsireland.org/

 

Beach Rescue Project – 8th July 2017 2017-10-18T09:32:07+00:00

Media Contact: Olivia Jones, Coastal Programmes, An Taisce
Telephone: 087 2045259
Email: ojones@eeu.antaisce.org
Twitter: @CleanCoasts
Website: www.cleancoasts.org

 

Clean Coasts & Barefoot Wine
Presents
‘Beach Rescue Project’
Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Saturday 8th July 2017

The Clean Coasts Programme and Barefoot Wines are delighted to bring you the ‘Beach Rescue Project’ on the 8th of July in Strandhill, Co. Sligo.

The event is part of Barefoot’s ‘World Beach Rescue Day’, a campaign which has supported over 14,000 volunteers since its launch 11 years ago, in several countries including the US, Mexico and Germany.

The event is being held in Ireland for the first time and it aims to create a fun and festive atmosphere whilst drawing attention to coastal issues such as marine litter and dune erosion.

The day’s activities are free and open to the public; they include, beach yoga, beach games, face-painting, sand sculpting, marram grass planting, ‘Talks in the Park’, and most importantly a Big Beach Clean.

We will also be throwing an after-party in The Strand Bar to thank everyone who takes part in the beach clean. The party will include a BBQ, live music from soul singing sensation ‘Buck Taylor’ and for those over 18, a glass of Barefoot wine to toast a job well done!

There will also be plenty of giveaways on the day, including prizes for those who collect the most litter.

Olga Senkina, Marketing Director EMEA at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, commented:At Barefoot Wine our mission is to make the world a better place through wine and the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project is a great example of how we do this. We are delighted to be part of Ireland’s first Beach Rescue Project event, and we encourage Co. Sligo’s Coastal community to come and help us clean local beaches and make local areas a better place for everyone to enjoy. Of course, one of the day’s highlights is raising a toast with a glass of Barefoot Wine to celebrate the hard work of all the volunteers – cheers to that!”

Olivia Jones, Coastal Programmes Officer with An Taisce said, “We are really excited to be working with Barefoot on the ‘Beach Rescue Project’. We know how dedicated our Clean Coasts groups are to conserving and protecting the Irish Coastline and for that reason we are thrilled to be able to celebrate that enthusiasm with such a fun and positive event.

For more details on this event and how to get involved please contact, Olivia Jones, Coastal Programme Officer, email: ojones@eeu.antaisce.org

www.cleancoasts.org

 

About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning Community & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland.

 

About Barefoot Wine & Bubbly:

Barefoot Wine started up in California in the 1960s. Its founders believed that wine should be more fun and less serious; and created a wine that could be enjoyed by everyone from first-time wine drinkers to hard-core aficionados. Barefoot Wine is the most awarded and #1 wine brand in the US and was introduced to the UK in 2009.  Staying true to its grassroots beginnings Barefoot Wine gives back to local non-profit groups through charitable wine donations. For more information visit www.barefootwine.co.uk

Annual Love Your Coast Photography Competition is Now Open for Entries 2017 2017-10-18T09:28:40+00:00

Clean Coast’s Annual Love Your Coast Photography Competition is Now Open for Entries.

Prize fund of €5,000 up for grabs across 5 Categories. Get your entries in by August 18th to be in with a chance of winning.

Ireland has some of the most spectacular and diverse coastline in the world. Now in its 8th year, Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Competition is all about capturing the essence of the Irish coast – its extensive beauty and diverse character. Clean Coasts works with communities on the ground to help foster pride in our coastline and we look forward to seeing this reflected in your entries.  

With this in mind we ask entrants to be respectful of protected habitats in your search for the perfect snap. Please do not disturb any nesting or breeding grounds – A handy guide for nest photography can be found here and we ask all entrants to respect Clean Coasts’ own conservation and ethics principles

For more information on the competition and how to enter please see here

Speaking about the competition, Sinead McCoy, An Taisce’s Clean Coast Manager said, “This competition is about capturing the essence of the Irish coast – its extensive beauty and diverse character. The photographs will serve as a reminder of the responsibility that we all have in protecting the beauty and diversity of our coastal environment.

Ciara Cashen, Public Affairs & Communications Manager Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said; “Previous winners of the Love Your Coast photography competition have brilliantly captured the wondrous beauty of our beaches, as well as the special relationship the people of our island nation have with our coastline. I look forward to seeing this celebrated in the entries once again this year.

“Coca-Cola is proud to partner with Clean Coast Week and the Love Your Coast competition to help foster pride in our coastline, while supporting the goal of keeping our marine environment litter-free.”

 

For more information about the Love Your Coast photography competition please visit www.cleancoasts.org.

 

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Clean Coasts

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 15 years and engages 520 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

Coca-Cola
“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 in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). 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, minimizing 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.”

New research launched ahead of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2017 2017-10-18T09:23:14+00:00

New research launched ahead of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week reveals that 95% of people experience litter on our coastline, but just 15% admit to littering

Thursday, 1 June 2017: Research released by Coca-Cola at the launch of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week (2nd – 11th June) revealed that 95% of people across Ireland and Northern Ireland have encountered litter at the island’s coastline, with four in ten people naming litter as the greatest deterrent in visiting the coast. While the majority of respondents have experienced litter on our coastline, just 15% of people admit to having dropped litter themselves.

Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week aims to educate, and foster pride in our precious coastline, while empowering community groups across the country to get involved in one of the hundreds of coastal clean-ups and events taking place.

Drawing over eight million international visitors to our shores annually, the Irish tourism economy is reported to be worth €7.7 billion[1], with the coastline estimated to contribute €2 billion alone2. While a lot of us have experienced litter while at the beach, as a nation we take a lot of pride in our coastlines. Almost three quarters (73%) of people have celebrated our stunning coastline on social media, with Facebook the most widely used platform followed by Instagram.

To celebrate the world’s love of our coastline Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week has teamed up with popular Instagram account InstaIreland to showcase the beauty of the island’s coastline over the course of the week.

Speaking at the launch of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week, musician, TV presenter and avid surfer Kian Egan said; “Together with Coca-Cola, An Taisce and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, I’m delighted to help generate awareness of the importance of protecting our beaches. Ireland has some of the most beautiful coastlines in world and we really don’t realise how lucky we are. As a keen surfer, I see first-hand the benefits of looking after our coasts and unfortunately also the damage that can be done by littering. I’m encouraging everyone to take stock of their own contribution to keeping our beaches clean, and I also want to celebrate the volunteers up and down this island who give a huge amount of their time and energy to protect our coast. Last year during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week, more than 10 tonnes of marine litter was removed from the coastline and with a little help, we can make as much of an impact again in 2017.”

The research released today also reveals that a significant number of people are discarding items they do not consider litter. Four in ten people do not consider fruit to be litter as it is biodegradable, however although organic it still takes time to break down and can cause damage to the coast and marine-life. Previous research by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful shows a lack of knowledge on the consequences of littering and the effect this has on our coastline, which in turn promotes littering3.

Michael John O’Mahony from An Taisce’s Educational Unit said, “Litter and particularly marine litter has a huge long term negative impact on our environment. Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week aims to demonstrate to everybody the importance of protecting our coasts. Furthermore we want to acknowledge the volunteer work of the hundreds of Clean Coasts groups across the country. We hope this Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week will be the most successful yet, with something for everyone.

Speaking at this year’s launch Matthieu Seguin, General Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland said, “Our investment the Clean Coasts programmes spans 14 years, and we are very proud of our long-standing partnership An Taisce and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. As leaders in sustainability, we strive to minimise our impact on the environment and a key element of our efforts is focused on environmental stewardship within communities; encouraging people to act responsibly when it comes to disposing of waste. With Clean Coasts Week 2017, we aim to foster pride in our coastline, while reminding beach-goers of the importance of keeping our coasts litter free.”

Irish artist Daragh Muldowney, speaking on his experience exploring Ireland’s rock pools for his exhibition ‘Jewellery Box – Ireland’s Hidden Gems’, said “I have travelled all over the world and nothing compares to the Irish coastline. People flock from all over the world and draw inspiration from its beauty, so as the residents of Ireland it is up to us to do our part to protect and celebrate that beauty. With our online exhibition in partnership with InstaIreland, I hope we will encourage everyone to be mindful of litter when enjoying the coast.”

There are 26,000 volunteers, over 700 volunteer groups and 300 events already planned for Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week.  There are many ways to get involved, from taking personal litter home to helping out at a local beach clean event, or becoming more informed at one of the many educational events held around the country. Information of key events can be found on www.cleancoasts.org and www.liveherelovehere.org .

 

Join the conversation #CleanCoasts

On Instagram: @InstaIreland @CleanCoasts @LiveHere.LoveHere

On Twitter: @CleanCoasts @isupportlhlh

On Facebook: CleanCoasts | KeepNorthernIrelandBeautiful

 

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For further information, please contact Eimhear Breen, Edelman:

Email: eimhear.breen@edelman.com

Phone: 01 678 9333 / 087 098 7893

 

Notes to Editor

Research

Research conducted by Ignite research – 19/05/2017 – 25/05/2017

1,200 adults 18+ (1,000 in the Republic of Ireland and 200 in Northern Ireland)

 

References

  1. Fáilte Ireland tourism facts 2015 – http://www.failteireland.ie/Research-Insights/National/Failte-Ireland-preliminary-tourism-facts-2015-(pdf.aspx
  2. http://www.failteireland.ie/Utility/News-Library/Growing-tourism-in-marine-and-coastal-areas.aspx
  3. ‘Qualitative Research into Littering Attitudes and Behaviours’ report by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, July 2016

 

About Coca-Cola in Ireland

The Coca-Cola Company, together with bottling partners Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland manufactures, distributes and responsibly markets a full range of beverages, including 20 brands and 49 different products that are sold in thousands of retail outlets across the country.

The Coca-Cola Company is responsible for creating demand through consumer marketing and brand development and Coca-Cola HBC as bottling partner manufactures, sells and distributes products to more than 9,000 outlets across the island of Ireland. Together, the Coca-Cola system employs 1,750 people across the island of Ireland.

Our products range from Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke through to Sprite, Fanta, Powerade, Oasis, Schweppes, Fruice and Deep RiverRock. 97% of everything that we sell across the island of Ireland is manufactured from our plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

 

About An Taisce – Environmental Education Unit

An Taisce is the National Trust for Ireland working to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage.The Environmental Education Unit is responsible for developing and operating some of Ireland’s most popular and successful environmental and sustainability programmes. It is the National Operator for all international environmental education programmes of FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), including the Blue Flag Award for Beaches and Marinas and Green-Schools, the international environmental education programme in operation across 93% of Irish schools.

The Environmental Education Unit also operates a number of national programmes including: Green Campus, Neat Streets, National Spring Clean (Ireland’s largest anti-litter campaign), Green Home, Green Communities, and the Irish Greening Community Award Programme.

Our products range from Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke through to Sprite, Fanta, Powerade, Oasis, Schweppes, Fruice and Deep RiverRock. 97% of everything that we sell across the island of Ireland is manufactured from our plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

 

About Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Live Here Love Here

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful remains the province’s leading authority on litter issues, and provides a unique service to communities, businesses, councils and schools throughout Northern Ireland. Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful runs Live Here Love Here, the Northern Ireland Borough Cleanliness Survey, Live Here Love Here Green Business Award, Eco-Schools, the Blue Flag, Seaside Awards and Clean Coast Programme, the Green Flag Award for parks and open spaces and Adopt A Spot.

The charity also runs the BIG Spring Clean (now part of Live Here Love Here), the largest volunteer clean-up campaign in Northern Ireland, which involved over 107,000 volunteers in 2016.

Live Here Love Here, is a national campaign aimed at promoting civic pride and a community can-do attitude by improving environmental quality in Northern Ireland. Tackling issues such as littering, dog fouling and dilapidation, this campaign encourages volunteers to take practical action in their local communities. Live Here Love Here is an inspiring partnership between the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs; Tourism Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Housing Executive; Choice Housing; Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and local councils, working alongside Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

 

Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards – 22nd May 2017 2017-05-22T11:24:28+00:00

 Media contact: Ian Diamond (unavailable during awards 12pm to 2pm approx): 085 7480874, idiamond@eeu.ataisce.org       

Sinead McCoy 01 4002210; smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org          

 

2017 Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards Recognise Ireland’s Best Beaches and Marinas

A Record 88 Blue Flags and 61 Green Coast Awards awarded for the 2017 Season

Today, An Taisce announced the International Blue Flag and Green Coast Award recipients for 2017. The awards were presented by Senator Jerry Buttimer at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Co. Cork at 12 noon this afternoon.

 

Speaking at the awards Senator Buttimer said:

“On this, the 30th anniversary of Blue Flag awards in Ireland, I am happy to announce that a total of 149 Blue Flag and Green Coast awards will be made today, which is an increase of 8 awards from last year and represents a record high.”

“The Blue Flag has become a truly global symbol with an ever-increasing number of countries participating in the programme.   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, environmental education and safety. Over the years, the programme has become a highly respected and recognised eco-label working to bring together the tourism and environmental sectors.  There are also very tangible economic benefits to be derived from our marvellous coastal environment and quality facilities, both at local, regional and national levels.  I am very honoured to be associated with the prestigious Blue Flag programme on its 30th anniversary and to present the awards to this year’s very worthy recipients.” 

 

Dr. Michael John O’Mahony, Director at An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit speaking at the awards said:

“I would like to thanks and acknowledge the work of the Local Authorities and marina operators here today for all their efforts in ensuring that the sites being awarded for the 2017 bathing season have achieved the excellent standards required by the Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards. I would also like to commend the many thousands of Clean Coasts volunteers who participate in community clean-ups and coastal enhancement projects in their local areas throughout the year. It is the work of the Local Authorities and Clean Coasts Volunteers that ensures that Ireland’s fantastic beaches remain clean and safe for everyone to enjoy”.

 

Blue Flag

The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels. The Blue Flag originated in France in 1985 when French coastal Local Authorities were awarded with the Blue Flag for compliance with sewage treatment and bathing water quality criteria. It was launched as an International programme as part of the “European Year of the Environment in 1987. In 1988, the first year sites were awarded outside of France 19 beaches and 2 marinas received the Blue Flag in Ireland. This year is the 30th year of the Blue Flag as an international programme, more than 4250 beaches, marinas will be awarded in 47 countries globally.

The programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world. The 81 Irish beaches and 7 marinas that have achieved this accolade adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management.

The number of sites receiving the award is up 3 on 2016, whilst 3 of the beaches awarded in 2016 did not retain Blue Flag status, the Blue Flag will be raised for the first time at both Portumna in County Galway and at Greencastle Marina in County Donegal. Bray South Promenade regains Blue Flag status, having not flown the Flag since 2000. Redbarn and Garretstown in Cork and Ross in County Mayo regained Blue Flag status lost in 2016.

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland is responsible for the operation of the Blue Flag programme in Ireland on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE).

 

Sites not retaining Blue Flag status for the 2017 season

The Blue Flag requires applicants to achieve an annual classification of ‘Excellent’, the highest rating achievable under current bathing water legislation. The following beaches did not retain Blue Flag status for the 2017 as a result of the annual bathing water classification being downgraded from Excellent to Good status based on samples taken over the previous 4 bathing seasons:

  1. Lisfannon in Donegal,
  2. Killiney in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
  3. Balcarrick, Donabate in Fingal.

 

61 Beaches receive the Green Coast Award for the 2016 Bathing Season 

The Green Coast Awards were presented back in 2003 to four beaches in County Wexford, it was rolled out nationally in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. The award recognises beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty. An important aspect of the Green Coast Awards is the involvement of Clean Coasts groups of which there are now over 500 comprised of thousands of volunteers throughout the island. These volunteers participate in community clean-ups and coastal enhancement projects at their local beaches throughout the year.

61 beaches in Ireland were awarded the Green Coast Award representing an increase in 5 awards since 2016. Ballyallia Lake in Clare has been awarded a Green Coast Award for the first time. Castlegregory; Littor; Waterville and Ballinskelligs in Kerry received Green Coast Awards for the first time. Fountainstown and Rocky Bay in Cork have regained the award for 2017 and Cullenstown Strand in Wexford has been awarded for the first time since 2011

Having not met the excellent water quality standard required Mullaghmore in Sligo failed to retain the award for 2017. Applications were not received from Balcarrick, Donabate in Fingal, Boatstrand in Waterford and Ballymoney in Wexford.

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Full Press Release with extensive explanatory notes available here. 

Portrane & Donabate Clean Coasts Group – 4th March 2017 2017-10-18T09:27:19+00:00

Media Contact: Sinead McCoy
Email:cleancoasts@eeu.antaisce.org
Phone: 014002002

Portrane & Donabate
Clean Coasts Group

Approximately 10 million tonnes of litter end up in the world’s oceans and seas each year. (European Commission, 2013).

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland. Clean Coasts is made up of two main elements; Clean Coasts Volunteering and the Green Coast Award.

Early in 2017, Clean Coasts were contacted by Olive, a regular beach user who grew up next to Donabate’s Balcarrick Beach. Olive (like many of us) had seen the evidence of marine litter along Ireland’s coastline and took the opportunity to do something about it.

After getting in touch with An Taisice’s Clean Coasts Programme’s Dublin Regional Officer and registering as a Clean Coasts Group, the group’s first beach cleanup was planned for the 4th March with the aim to create a tangible and immediate improvement on areas coastal environment.

Almost 30 volunteers attended the beach cleanup ranging in back ground and age, many had seen details of the cleanup on social media whilst other had read the posters on the Fingal County Council beach information boards. Over 60 bags of marine litter ranging from fishing ropes to socks and shoes were removed, the bulk of which were plastic single use items! Fingal County Council collected the bagged litter immediately after the beach clean, and the Waterside House Hotel provided all volunteers with a well earned and much needed tea and coffee.

The Portrane & Donabate Clean Coasts Group will be hosting their next beach clean on The Brook Portrane Beach this Saturday 1st April, from 11am to 1pm, all volunteers are welcome to us for as long as they can. All beach cleaning equipment will be provided on the day.

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About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts is made up of two elements; Clean Coasts volunteering and the Green Coast Award. The Green Coast Award is an award for beaches that meet the excellent standard for water quality as set out in the revised Bathing Water Directive (EC 2006/7/EC). An important element of this award is that these beaches have a beach management plan in place and that the local community are engaged in this process.

The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 560 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.

Clean Coasts Symposium and Ocean Hero Awards 2016 – 1st December 2016 2016-12-06T13:10:24+00:00

Media Contact:    Sinead McCoy
Email: smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org
Phone:    087 1347950

Clean Coasts Symposium and  Ocean Hero Awards 2016
‘Celebrating Ocean Heroes’ 10th Anniversary’

1st December 2016,

2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme’s ‘Ocean Hero Awards’. The awards, originally called the ‘Clean Coasts’ Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006 to honour the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline. The awards started out from humble beginnings with only one category, ‘The Clean Coasts’ Group of the Year’.

Since then the Clean Coasts’ programme has grown from strength to strength, with the addition of several new initiatives and the engagement of over 500 Clean Coasts groups. This steady increase has lead to the programme becoming embedded in the majority coastal communities nationwide. In an effort to recognise this growth Ocean Heroes has also expanded to comprise seven categories, Individual of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, School of the Year, Business of the Year, Beach Clean of the Year and the ‘Think Before You Flush’ Awareness Raising Award.

Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards. The awards have really brought to the fore the remarkable work and wonderful coastal celebration events that Clean Coasts volunteers have been involved in over the past decade along the Irish coastline.”

Clean Coasts made an open call for nomination for the Ocean Hero Awards in September. Nominations were made over 7 different categories.

  1. Ocean Hero Award – ‘Think Before You Flush’ Awareness Raising Award, supported by Irish Water
  2. Ocean Hero Award – Individual of the Year
  3. Ocean Hero Award – Newcomer of the Year
  4. Ocean Hero Award – School of the Year
  5. Ocean Hero Award – Business of the Year
  6. Ocean Hero Award – Beach Clean of the Year

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Communication and Local Government, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

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About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Communities and Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main national clean-up drives – Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and the Big Beach Clean. Our volunteering has expanded to include Corporate Volunteering and the Ocean Hero Awards also. Other aspects include the Green Coast Award, the Love Your Coast Photography competition, the Clean Coasts Roadshow for coastal communities and we are continuing to grow the Clean Coasts programme with the likes of Ocean Talks. The programme also operates several campaigns in Ireland including ‘Think Before You Flush’ and international campaigns ‘#2minutebeachclean’ and ‘Beat the Microbead’.  The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 503 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterway.  http://www.cleancoastsireland.org/

Love Your Coast Photography Awards 2016 2016-10-17T11:42:18+00:00

Sinead McCoy
smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org
01 4002228
0871347950

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast
Photography Awards 2016

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards were held on Thursday 6thth October in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 2. Micheal John O’Mahony, Director of the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, presented the prizes to the winning photographers.

Ireland has some of the most spectacular and diverse coastline in the world, Clean Coasts engages communities in protecting these beaches, seas and marine life now and for future generations. Clean Coasts launched the Love Your Coast Photography Competition in May during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and with a prize fund of €5,000 it attracted huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers. There are five categories in the competition; Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and Underwater.

The difficult task of judging this year’s competition was undertaken by Jim Wilson – writer/photographer/broadcaster, Philip Donovan and Conal O’Connor – Department of Housing, Community and Local Government, Ciara Cashen – Coca-Cola,   Eoin McDonnell – Failte Ireland and Micheal John O’Mahony – Director, Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce.

Clean Coasts would like to wish a huge congratulations to Reuben Fields for taking home ‘Photograph of the Year 2016’ Award for his image ‘Safe Haven’.

Ciara Cashen, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland remarked, The photography entered to the Love Your Coast Awards this year was of an incredibly high standard and really captured the unique charm of the Irish coastline. The winning images depict a sense of pride in our coastline and celebrate the beauty and enjoyment the people of our island nation get from this cherished natural resource.”

Speaking about the event, Eoin McDonnell, Failte Ireland said ‘These excellent photographs showcase not only the beauty but variety of our Irish coastline which resonates strongly with both locals and visitors alike. The value of the Irish seascape and nature are highly prized as an attraction to visit and enjoy for everyone and Fáilte Ireland fully encourages the competition to capture these stunning images.’

An electronic exhibition of Love Your Coast will be displayed at various locations nationally and internationally over the coming months. A gallery of the winning photographs can be found on www.cleancoasts.org or on Facebook/CleanCoasts. 

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of Housing, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

 

If you require images in high resolution please contact Sinead McCoy

smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org

01 4002228

 

WINNERS 2016

People & The Coast
1 Derek Balfe Dodging the Waves in Tramore
2 Conor McEneaney Swimming in Salterstown
3 Bren Whelan Rock Climbing
Wildlife
1 Clodagh Blake Dance of the Dolphins
2 Micheal Linehan Gull with Crab
3 Donal Power Island for One
Landscape
1 John Hall Great Pollet Arch
2 Sean De Hoichtuin Stars at the Cliffs
3 Egita Feldberg Keel Strand
Heritage
1 Reuben Fields Safe Haven
2 Hubert Leszczynski The Bailey Lighthouse
3 Andrew Keegan The Old Crocked Castle
Underwater
1 Nick Pfeiffer The Little Cuttlefish
2 Andrew Keegan Castles in the Air
3 Maja Stankovski Peekaboo
Ocean Hero Awards – 28th September 2016 2016-10-17T11:42:19+00:00

Media Contact:    Olivia Crossan
Email: ocrossan@eeu.antaisce.org
Phone:    087 2045259

Clean Coasts – Ocean Hero Awards 2016

‘Celebrating Ocean Heroes’ 10th Anniversary’

Thursday 29th September 2016 The call for nominations is now open for the Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards.

2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme’s ‘Ocean Hero Awards’. The awards, originally called the ‘Clean Coasts’ Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006 to honour the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline. The awards started out from humble beginnings with only one category, ‘The Clean Coasts’ Group of the Year’.

Since then the Clean Coasts’ programme has grown from strength to strength, with the addition of several new initiatives and the engagement of over 500 Clean Coasts groups. This steady increase has lead to the programme becoming embedded in the majority coastal communities nationwide. In an effort to recognise this growth Ocean Heroes has also expanded to comprise seven categories, Individual of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, School of the Year, Business of the Year, Beach Clean of the Year and the ‘Think Before You Flush’ Awareness Raising Award.

Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards. The awards have really brought to the fore the remarkable work and wonderful coastal celebration events that Clean Coasts volunteers have been involved in over the past decade along the Irish coastline. We hope this year is no different as we look forward to receiving inspirational nominations that show the true dedication of these coastal custodians.”

If you would like to recognise an individual, Clean Coasts group, school, business or beach clean that made a difference to our coast, you can nominate them at www.cleancoasts.org. For the ‘Think Before You Flush’ Awareness Raising Award, supported by Irish Water, we are asking the you to nominate an individual or a group who you feel has gone above and beyond to promote this campaign. ‘Think Before You Flush’ is a public awareness campaign, supported by Irish Water.  The initiative aims to highlight the problem sanitary products and other items can cause in our marine environment and wastewater systems if they are flushed down the toilet.

The nomination process only takes a few minutes and we would love to hear your voice. Please make your nominations on www.cleancoasts.org by Friday November 4th for inclusion in the selection process.

Nominations are invited in the following categories:

  1. Ocean Hero Award – Group of the Year, supported by Coca Cola
  2. Ocean Hero Award – ‘Think Before You Flush’ Awareness Raising Award, supported by Irish Water
  3. Ocean Hero Award – Individual of the Year
  4. Ocean Hero Award – Newcomer of the Year
  5. Ocean Hero Award – School of the Year
  6. Ocean Hero Award – Business of the Year
  7. Ocean Hero Award – Beach Clean of the Year

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Communication and Local Government, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

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About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main national clean-up drives – Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and the Big Beach Clean. Our volunteering has expanded to include Corporate Volunteering and the Ocean Hero Awards also. Other aspects include the Green Coast Award, the Love Your Coast Photography competition, the Clean Coasts Roadshow for coastal communities and we are continuing to grow the Clean Coasts programme with the likes of Ocean Talks. The programme also operates several campaigns in Ireland including ‘Think Before You Flush’ and international campaigns ‘#2minutebeachclean’ and ‘Beat the Microbead’.  The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 503 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterway.  http://www.cleancoastsireland.org/

 

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2016 2016-08-31T10:08:09+00:00

Media Contact:  Sinead McCoy
Telephone:  087 1347950 / 01 4002210
Email:smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org

 

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2016

Join the world’s largest coastal cleanup

@CleanCoasts #BigBeachClean

 

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 16th, 17th & 18th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is once again teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Join us by registering your beach clean on Clean Coasts website, and receive your free Beach Clean pack! www.cleancoasts.org

Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and oceans, resulting in environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. Clean Coasts are inviting volunteers to join this global coastal clean-up helping remove marine litter from our beautiful coastline and in turn protecting our coastal habitats and marine life.

In 2015, Nearly 100 events were organise as part of Big Beach Clean weekend, involving 1,542 volunteers. An estimated 800,000 volunteers participated internationally with more than 8 million kilograms of litter being collected during this International Coastal Cleanup event.

During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola.

 

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Notes to the Editor:

Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola.

Clean Coasts is made up of two elements; Clean Coasts volunteering and the Green Coast Award. The aim of the Green Coast Award is to recognise beaches of high environmental quality.  To achieve the award, beaches must have excellent water quality and have effective and appropriate management to ensure the protection of the natural environment.

The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently over 500 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.

 

The Marine Litter we find

We estimate that in 2015 Clean Coasts groups removed over a half a million pieces of marine litter from the coast of Ireland. During Clean Coasts Week in May and The Big Beach Clean in September Clean Coasts volunteers carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the abundance and types of marine litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

We have found that plastic bottle caps tend to be the number one culprit. Plastic bottles, aluminium drinks cans and cigarette butts tend to be amongst the highest ranking litter items found. Other common items generally in the top ten include food packaging, sweet wrappers and fishing litter such as rope and string and sewage related debris/litter such as baby wipes and cotton bud sticks are also often in the top ten litter items found on Ireland’s beaches. We do also find some unusual items like a shopping trolley handle, a computer keyboard, shoes and even a steering wheel!

 

 

 

Beach Tag Rugby / #2minuteBeachClean Event – 20th August 2016 2016-10-17T11:42:20+00:00

Press Release;

Beach Tag Rugby / #2minuteBeachClean Event

Take Care of Our Oceans in Just 2 Minutes!

Look out for your local #2minutebeachclean station on a beach near you.

 

An Taisce Clean Coasts programme are delighted to co-host the D4 Strand Tag Blitz with TagRugby.ie, August 20th 2016. What better way to enjoy an active day by the beach than to play in front of the iconic Poolbeg Towers?

Clean Coasts staff will be on hand to assist the running of the event and to spread the word of the #2minutebeachclean initiative.

#2minutebeachclean stations act to raise public awareness of the marine litter on our coastline and how all beach users can make a positive impact in just 2 minutes. #2minutebeachclean campaign has the added incentive of sharing your beach clean which includes you into a beach clean community on instagram/twitter/facebook with the hashtags #2minutebeachclean and #cleancoasts. It’s as easy as that!

The #2minutebeachclean initiative is sponsored by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

Whether you are an experienced tag player or someone who is taking part in their first tag tournament, the D4 Strand Tag Blitz is the perfect event to participate in as it is located on Sandymount Strand in the heart of Dublin 4.

All teams are guaranteed at least 4 x 15 minute matches where they have a chance of winning the Cup, Plate, Bowl or SuperBowl trophies. On top of all that, the Apres Tag Party will take place in later that evening. You can register for this Beach Tag event through the TagRugby.ie web page www.tagrugby.ie/D4StrandTagBlitz.html

Ireland’s National #2minutebeachclean Day was held on the 14th May 2016 during Coca Cola Clean Coast Week. Clean Coasts teamed up with Colm O’Regan (comedian and @irishmammies’ author) to help promote this initiative. Colm O’Regan, stars as empowerment and engagement guru, Benicio Sandz. This video itself is 2 minutes long and was viewed 10,000 times within 24hours of its release online. This added to the popularity of another widely successful Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week; in which over 150 community groups/schools/businesses around Ireland registered to lead a beach clean in their local area. On top of this Clean Coasts organised over 30 coastal celebration events which ranged from Beach Yoga to Marram Grass planting events. Clean Coasts groups lifted unprecedented 16 tonnes of marine litter from the Irish Coastline during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2016. Clean Coasts would like to thank all Clean Coasts volunteers who took part during this week all call-to-action, of which there were over 2,5000 volunteers!

The ambition is these #2minutebeachclean stations will enable more beach users to help keep our coastline litter free by giving just 2 minutes of their time before leaving the beach! www.cleancoasts.org

The #2minutebeachclean initiative is sponsored in Ireland by Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

 

Media Contact:

Sinead McCoy

0871347950

www.cleancoasts.org

The Clean Coasts programme is owned and operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola. If you would like to get involved in or learn more about An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Programme please log onto www.cleancoasts.org.

Images can be found here: cleancoasts.org/photo-galleries/beach-tag-rugby-2minutebeachclean/

National #2MinuteBeachClean Day – May 14th 2016 2016-10-17T11:42:22+00:00

National #2MinuteBeachClean Day – May 14th

Releasing of our #2minutebeachclean Video starring Colm O’Regan as empowerer and motivational speaker Benicio Sandz

 #cleancoasts #2minutebeachclean

We have all seen the evidence of marine litter along Ireland’s coastline and now for all you beach lovers out there here’s an opportunity to do something about it in just 2 minutes! An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme is delighted to hold Ireland’s third National #2minutebeachclean day as part of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week. On May 14th we are asking everyone who goes to the beach to do their very own #2minutebeachclean. Take a snap of the litter you collect and post your snap on instagram/twitter/facebook with the hashtags #2minutebeachclean and #cleancoasts. It’s as easy as that and be in with a chance to win a Clean Coasts #2MinuteBeachClean baseball top!

Calling all beach users to do a #2minutebeachclean!

This year Clean Coasts have teamed up with Colm O’Regan (comedian and @irishmammies’ author) to help promote this initiative. Colm O’Regan, stars as empowerment and engagement guru, Benicio Sandz.

Link to video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5l5hitNr8

Speaking about the #2minutebeachclean, Colm O’Regan (comedian and ‘Irish Mammies’ author) said, “I really love this initiative, it’s just something small we can all do but if you add up all the 2 minutes we can have a incredibly positive effect on our beaches.”

Speaking about the #2minutebeachclean, Sinead McCoy, Clean Coasts Manager said, “The #2minutebeachclean idea is simple and inspiring. You just pick up a few bits of litter when you go to the beach, take a picture of the litter and post on social media, then put it in the bin, it’s as simple as that. Every piece of litter removed from the marine environment is a piece of litter that won’t pollute our oceans or be ingested by marine life. We are extremely excited to be able to work with Colm O’Regan on the campaign this year.”

 

How to take part in Clean Coasts National 2 Minute Beach Clean Day?

  • Follow Clean Coasts – @cleancoasts on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook
  • Do a 2 minute beach clean on May 14th
  • Take a snap of the marine litter you collect
  • Post your snap on Instagram/Twitter using the hashtag #2minutebeachclean @CleanCoasts or post your picture to our Clean Coast Facebook page including the hashtags in the post – don’t forget to tell us where you took your snapped your shot.
  • Dispose of the waste you collected properly, recycle it/bin it!
  • Be in with a chance to win a Clean Coasts baseball top!
  • Be safe when you do your #2minutebeachclean

Clean Coasts – protecting Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life.

Shorter Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5l5hitNr8

 

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Media Contact:

Sinead McCoy

0871347950

www.cleancoasts.org

http://www.colmoregan.com/

The Clean Coasts programme is owned and operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola. If you would like to get involved in or learn more about An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Programme please log onto www.cleancoasts.org.

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Clean Coasts Launch 7th Annual  

Love Your Coast Photography Competition

Clean Coasts launched their annual Love Your Coast Photography Competition today as part of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and with a prize fund of €5,000 it is expected to attract huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers. There are five categories in this year’s competition; Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast and Wildlife & the Coast and Underwater.

Speaking about the competition, Sinead McCoy, An Taisce’s Clean Coast Manager said, “This competition is about capturing the essence of the Irish coast – its extensive beauty and diverse character. The photographs will serve as a reminder of the responsibility that we all have in protecting the beauty and diversity of our coastal environment.

Ciara Cashen, Public Affairs & Communications Manager Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said; “Previous winners of the Love Your Coast photography competition have brilliantly captured the wondrous beauty of our beaches, as well as the special relationship the people of our island nation have with our coastline. I look forward to seeing this celebrated in the entries once again this year.

“Coca-Cola is proud to partner with Clean Coast Week and the Love Your Coast competition to help foster pride in our coastline, while supporting the goal of keeping our marine environment litter-free.”

 

For more information about the Love Your Coast photography competition please visit www.cleancoasts.org.

 

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Clean Coasts

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

Coca-Cola
“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 in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). 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, minimizing 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.”

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Media Release

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.

 

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Clean Coasts Week Events

Event Location Date Details
Marram Grass Planting Day Inchnadoney, Cork

Portmarnock, Dublin

Cruit Island

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 cleancoasts@eeu.antaisce.org or call us on 01 40022210

All Corners Clean Dublin

Blennerville

Fanore

Maharees

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 cleancoasts@eeu.antaisce.org

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 cleancoasts@eeu.antaisce.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

 

‘Jaws’ Screening

 

 

Sandymount Beach

 

 

 

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.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1015788285176399/

 

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.

·       Yoga

o   Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty

o   Strandhill

o   Skerries

·       Lighthouse Walk

o   Mindfulness walk along the Dingle coast

·       Kite-Surfing Club

o   Wexford

·       Fitness on beach

o   Galway

 

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

07/05/2016 1pm Community Hall
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
Garrybreeda Co. Galway Loughrea 04/05/2016 TBC TBC
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,
Dookinella,
Achill,
Co. Mayo.
08/05/2016 12pm 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

 

 

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Clean Coasts

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
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.

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Media Contact:Sinead McCoy, Coastal Programmes, An Taisce
Email: smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org
Twitter: @CleanCoasts

 

Clean Coasts Symposium & Ocean Hero Awards
#OceanHero

An Taisce’s annual Clean Coasts Symposium & Ocean Hero Awards were held on Wednesday 18th November at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin. The Clean Coasts symposium was officially opened by Mr. Conall O’Connor, the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government.

The year’s Clean Coasts Symposium focussed on coastal protection in relation to eco–tourism and well-being. The symposium brought together key stakeholders in the areas of marine litter, eco-tourism, policy-making, NGOs, tourism bodies, the science community, mental healthcare professionals, eco-adventure groups and coastal volunteer groups. During the eco-tourism aspect of the symposium attendees listened to talks from tourism bodies, cultural heritage experts and local communities who are actively promoting what their coastline has to offer through environmentally sustainable tourism initiatives. Following this several talks took place during the well-being session, exploring the positive effect volunteering and recreational activities can have on coastal communities’.

Following the symposium, the Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Awards took place. Clean Coasts is about engaging communities in the protection of our beaches, seas and marine life and currently there are 456 Clean Coasts groups participating in the programme. The prestigious Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Awards are about recognising the invaluable work done by these committed volunteers across the country on a daily basis to protect Ireland’s beautiful coastline.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Michael John O Mahony, Director of An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said, “The Ocean Hero Awards recognise the remarkable work being carried out by Clean Coasts groups and volunteers all along the Irish coast. This is achieved through several award categories which celebrate creative initiatives in coastal conservation and the wide variety of newly established and long-term groups who contribute to the programme.  Over the past number of years Clean Coasts has grown in such a way that the programme is now embedded in the majority of coastal communities in Ireland,  as a result we f1eel it is necessary to acknowledge this dedication and the positive impact these communities have on the coastline.”

Ciara Cashen, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said: “Through the support of the Clean Coast programme, Coca-Cola is committed to fostering pride in beaches across the country and encouraging active community participation in the preservation of our local environmental.

“These awards are an important celebration of the groups and individuals who protect our marine environment. I commend An Taisce for highlighting the work that is done by these Ocean Heroes and for bringing us all together in appreciation of the wonderful natural resource that is our coastline.”

Speaking at the Ocean Hero Awards Annabel Fitzgerald with Irish Water said “We are delighted to award Mean Scoil Muire, Newtownsmith, Galway City with the Think Before Your Flush Ocean Hero Award for their efforts in raising awareness about the problems wet wipes can cause when they are flushed down the toilet

The Clean Coasts Programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola, and Fáilte Ireland.

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Ocean Hero Awardees

Award Awardee Information about the group/person
1.    School of the Year Award St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton Co.Cork The students of St. Colman’s have been fantastic and key in the removal of over 12 tonnes of marine litter in the East Cork area, particularly near Ballycotton where they have been dealing with the ongoing issue of fly tipping. They have shown a keen interest in protecting their local beaches and promoting environmental issues in their school and throughout the local community. This has been achieved through awareness raising projects and a website they have put together documenting their action.

 

Proinsias Ó Tuama and students from St Colman’s collected the Ocean Hero School of the Year Award 2015 for St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton Co.Cork.

 

2.   Event of the Year Sandycove Tidy Towns/South African Embassy As a celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, Sandycove Tidy Towns teamed up with Clean Coasts and the South African Embassy to carry out a cleanup of Sandycove and its environs. Clean Coasts gave a short introduction on coastal biodiversity and marine litter alongside a talk from the ambassador to South African embassy. The clean up was very successful and with assistance from Dun Laoghaire -Rathdowney County Council the collected litter was removed from the clean up sites. This high-profile, collaborative event, has led to a great working partnership between the South African embassy and Sandycove Tidy Towns.

 

Margaret Brown collected the Ocean Hero Event of the Year Award 2015 for Sandycove Tidy Towns

 

 

3.   Newcomer of the Year Award Clean Coasts Ballynamona Clean Coasts Ballynamona is a newly formed group in East Cork and is made up of local community members and students from St. Colman’s Community College. Since the group formed this year they have carried out numerous beach cleans and have tackled an ongoing litter issues caused by illegal dumping. The group have also taken part in numerous Clean Coasts events to date, including a publicity photography shoot for the Big Beach Clean weekend in September. They have also started a website documenting their actions and special points of interest in the area.

 

Proinsias Ó Tuama collected the Ocean Hero Newcomer of the Year Award 2015 for Ballynamona Clean Coasts

 

4.   ‘Think Before You Flush’ Ocean Hero Award, supported by Irish water Students from transition year launched an awareness campaign highlighting the issue of flushing wet wipes down the toilet.   The project came about following an interest taken by a former Transition Year class who, during a beach clean two years ago, discovered a large number of wet wipes entangled in seaweed on a local beach.   The students decided to carry out an awareness survey based on the flushing habits of students in the school. They found that 51% of students regularly flushed wet wipes down the toilet and 55% did not know the results of flushing wet wipes. These results led to the development of awareness workshops to be given to students by students. A follow up survey revealed 87% of students who attended the workshop agreed to stop flushing the wipes. The students carried out a further study of the beach which was initially cleaned. They found an average 60 wet wipes washed up per square metre, equivalent to one standard pack of wipes. This resulted in the commencement of a social and local media campaign highlighting the issue. The students also visited a local primary school to inform them about the issue and filmed an awareness video clip for Clean Coasts.
5.   Business of the Year Award Seatrails, Co. Sligo Seatrails is a Sligo based company that offers tours of coastal cultural heritage sites in Co Sligo. Seatrails and its founder Auriel Robinson have been involved with the Clean Coasts programme since May 2013. During that time she has organised several cleans ups on beaches in Co. Sligo including Streedagh, Strandhill and Culleenamore. In addition to incorporating good environmental practices and encouraging tour groups to take part in Clean Coasts activities. Auriel also gave an impressive talk about coastal archaeology at our most recent Clean Coast Roadshow in Sligo.

 

Auriel Robinson collected the Ocean Hero Business of the Year Award 2015 for Seatrails

 

6.   Individual of the Year Caroline Coleman -Kilrush Youth Group and Kilrush Tidy Towns Caroline is a member of Kilrush Youth Group and Kilrush Tidy Towns. She works tirelessly around Cappa and Kilrush protecting it from the effects of marine litter. She has engaged in every aspect of the Clean Coasts programme since joining in 2013 and has been fundamental in organising the Clean Coasts Roadshow, as well as taking part in Clean Coasts Week, Big Beach Cleans and promoting the #2minutebeachclean station at Cappa Pier.
7.   Group of the Year Award Mulranny Environmental Group Mulranny Environmental Group carry out a wide range of environmental projects in their locality and raise awareness on natural heritage through multimedia & guided walks. They carry out several beach cleans throughout the year and work hard to protect and conserve the fragile dunes system and machair habitats in the area. The group assisted greatly in the organisation of the Co. Mayo Clean Coasts Roadshow in March, by offering a venue to hold the event, giving an engaging talk on their experience in coastal protection and providing home-made scones with local seaweed for all those in attendance.

 

Sean Carolan and Carol Loftus Ocean Hero Group of the Year Award 2015 for Mulranny Environmental Group

 

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Sinead McCoy
smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org
01 4002228
0871347950

 

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast

Photography Awards 2015 

A Breathtaking Photographic Display – Stunning Images of Ireland’s Coastline Projected onto Bolands Mills

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards were held on Thursday 14th October in Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Docklands, Dublin. Patricia Oliver, former Director of the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, presented the prizes to the winning photographers. The top images from this year’s competition were projected onto Boland Mills in a stunning photographic display that illustrated the wonder of our coast.

Ireland has some of the most spectacular and diverse coastline in the world, Clean Coasts engages communities in protecting these beaches, seas and marine life now and for future generations. Clean Coasts launched the Love Your Coast Photography Competition in May during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and with a prize fund of €5,000 it attracted huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers. There are five categories in the competition; Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and Underwater.

Speaking at the Clean Coasts Awards Ceremony, Patricia Oliver said, “Ireland is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. This competition encourages people to look anew at the beaches and coastal landscapes we sometimes take for granted. The overall mission of the Clean Coasts programme is to celebrate and preserve Ireland’s spectacular coast, and this competition is central to that effort as it gives people a chance to show their local coastline at its best.”

The difficult task of judging this year’s competition was undertaken by Easkey Britton – pro surfer/Clean Coasts Ambassador, Jim Wilson – writer/photographer/broadcaster, Philip Donovan – Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Ciara Cashen – Coca-Cola,   Eoin McDonnell – Failte Ireland and Micheal John O’Mahony – Director, Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce.

Ciara Cashen, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland remarked, The photography entered to the Love Your Coast Awards this year was of an incredibly high standard and really captured the unique charm of the Irish coastline. The winning images depict a sense of pride in our coastline and celebrate the beauty and enjoyment the people of our island nation get from this cherished natural resource.”

An electronic exhibition of Love Your Coast will be displayed at various locations nationally and internationally over the coming months. A gallery of the winning photographs can be found on www.cleancoasts.org or on Facebook/CleanCoasts.

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

 

If you require images in high resolution please contact Sinead McCoy
smccoy@eeu.antaisce.org
01 4002228

 

WINNERS 2015

People & The Coast
1 Pat Carey The Bull Wall
2 Nigel Motyer A Dolphins Welcome
3 Breda Diggins Watching Ballybunion
Wildlife
1 Donal Power Seagull fishing on the shore after stormy weather
2 Pat Carey Swanlake at Malahide
3 Bren Whelan Basking Shark Breaching
Landscape
1 Kieran Russell Tra Na Mbo Lightning
2 John Collins First Light, Bandon Estuary
3 Pawel Zygmunt The Cave
Heritage
1 Reuben Fields Baltray Shipwreck
2 Ronan McLaughin Knockadoon Milkyway
3 Brendan Cullen Doonagore Castle
Underwater
1 Nigel Motyer A Common Seal explores the Island Shallows
2 Andrew Keegan Inner Space
3 Maja Stankovski The Beauty of Bluefire Jellyfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Media Contact: Olivia Crossan
Email: ocrossan@eeu.antaisce.org
Phone: 087 2045259

 

Clean Coasts – Ocean Hero Awards 2015

Celebrating Ireland’s Coastal Custodians

 

Wednesday 23th September 2015 Clean Coasts have launched their annual Ocean Hero Awards with a call for nominations for Ireland’s coastal champions.

The Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Awards are an annual initiative run by An Taisce which recognises the invaluable contribution that individuals, community groups, businesses and schools make in protecting and conserving Ireland’s spectacular coastline. These prestigious awards form part of the Clean Coasts programme which encourages the public to care for, and celebrate Ireland’s coastal environment.

Dr. Michael John O Mahony, Director of An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said: The Ocean Hero Awards recognise the remarkable work being carried out by Clean Coasts groups and volunteers all along the Irish coast. This is achieved through several award categories which celebrate creative initiatives in coastal conservation and the wide variety of newly established and long-term groups who contribute to the programme.  Over the past number of years Clean Coasts has grown in such a way that the programme is now embedded in the vast majority of coastal communities in Ireland,  as a result we feel it is necessary to acknowledge this dedication and the positive impact these communities have on the coastline.”

If you would like to recognise an individual, Clean Coasts group, school or business that is making a valuable contribution to protecting our coast, you can nominate them at www.cleancoasts.org. The nomination process only takes a few minutes and we would love to hear your voice. Nominations must be received by Friday October 23rd for inclusion in the selection process.

Nominations are invited in the following categories:

  1. Ocean Hero Award – Group of the Year supported by Coca Cola
  2. Ocean Hero Award – Individual of the Year
  3. Ocean Hero Award – Newcomer of the Year
  4. Ocean Hero Award – School of the Year
  5. Ocean Hero Award – Business of the Year
  6. Ocean Hero Award – Event of the Year

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

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About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts is made up of two elements; Clean Coasts volunteering and the Green Coast Award. The Green Coast Award is an award for beaches that meet the excellent standard for water quality as set out in the revised Bathing Water Directive (EC 2006/7/EC) but may not have the necessary built infrastructure to achieve Blue Flag status. An important element of this award is that these beaches have a beach management plan in place and that the local community are engaged in this process.

The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 403 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways. http://www.cleancoasts.org/

 

Think Before You Flush

‘Think Before You Flush’ is a public awareness campaign about the problem sanitary products and other items can cause in our marine environment and our wastewater systems if they are flushed down the toilet. The campaign is operated by An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme and is supported by Irish Water. The Think Before You Flush campaign invites you to join us in making small changes in your bathroom behaviour like never using the toilet to dispose of sanitary products. http://thinkbeforeyouflush.org/

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Media Contact:  Olivia Crossan
Telephone:  087 2045259
Email: ocrossan@eeu.antaisce.org

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean

Join the world’s largest coastal cleanup

@CleanCoasts #BigBeachClean

 

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 18th, 19th & 20th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is once again teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries removed 7,257 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans.

Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and oceans, resulting in environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. Clean Coasts are inviting volunteers to join this global coastal clean-up helping remove marine litter from our beautiful coastline and in turn protecting our coastal habitats and marine life.

103 clean-ups took place in Ireland during the 2014 Big Beach Clean, involving 1,442 volunteers who removed an amazing 33,442 pieces of litter.

During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

This year we are delighted to be supported by Dee’s Wholefoods, who will be donating a percentage of sales to the Clean Coasts programme and promoting the Big Beach Clean on packs of her vegan sausage range.

Speaking about the Big Beach Clean, Dee said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Clean Coasts #BigBeachClean 2015 initiative this September and we want you to join us!

At Dee’s we believe that food should not only be tasty, but good for your body and good for the planet too. We’re proud to use organic hand harvested Irish Dulse Seaweed from the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean in our delicious Vegan Sausages, but sadly every year millions of tonnes of litter ends up in the world’s oceans posing major environmental challenges. We want to help keep our precious oceans and beaches litter free, that’s why we’re stickering all our packs to support the #BigBeachClean from the 18th – 20th September and this year we want you to join us!”

Join the movement for litter free seas and register a cleanup for the Big Beach Clean weekend www.cleancoasts.org

 

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola.

 

Notes to the Editor:

Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts is made up of two elements; Clean Coasts volunteering and the Green Coast Award. The Green Coast Award is an award for beaches that meet the excellent standard for water quality as set out in the revised Bathing Water Directive (EC 2006/7/EC) but may not have the necessary built infrastructure to achieve Blue Flag status. An important element of this award is that these beaches have a beach management plan in place and that the local community are engaged in this process.

The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 403 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.

 

The Marine Litter We Find

We estimate that in 2014 Clean Coasts groups removed a half a million pieces of marine litter from the coast of Ireland. During Clean Coasts Week in May and The Big Beach Clean in September Clean Coasts volunteers carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the abundance and types of marine litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

We have found that plastic bottle caps tend to be the number one culprit. Plastic bottles, aluminium drinks cans and cigarette butts tend to be amongst the highest ranking litter items found. Other common items generally in the top ten include food packaging, sweet wrappers and fishing litter such as rope and string and sewage related debris/litter such as baby wipes and cotton bud sticks are also often in the top ten litter items found on Ireland’s beaches. We do also find some unusual items like a shopping trolley handle, a computer keyboard, shoes and even a steering wheel!

 

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Media Contact: Annabel FitzGerald 087 6169727

@BlueFlagIreland  #BlueFlag15

 Photographs:   Valerie O’Sullivan, 087-6169727 / valerieosullivanf8@gmail.com

Naoise Culhane, 087-2979739 / naoise@naoiseculhane.com

 

144 Reasons to visit Ireland’s Award Winning Coastline 

86 International Blue Flag and 58 National Green Coast Awards for Ireland 

Today, An Taisce announced the International Blue Flag Award and the National Green Coast Award recipients for 2015. A total of 144 awards were presented by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D, at an awards ceremony held on Ballinskelligs Beach in Kerry. Ireland’s diverse coastline with long sandy beaches, bustling promenades and rocky shores have something for everyone.

Speaking at the awards ceremony Minister Kelly said, “Blue Flags represent excellence. They are a clear signal of quality and are something to be cherished. I am delighted to announce that today we will be awarding a total of 86 Blue Flags; 81 for beaches and five for marinas.  A blue flag flying at a particular location means that it has achieved excellent water quality to standards set by European and national Regulations, and a very high grade across a wide range of other criteria”

He added that, “This is testament to the sterling efforts of local authorities, An Taisce and of local communities in ensuring that their beaches meet the standards of excellence required for a Blue Flag or Green Coast Award’,

81 beaches and 5 marinas were awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award representing an increase in 6 Blue Flag awards since 2014.

Ms Annabel FitzGerald, Coastal Programmes Manager said that, “The Blue Flag is an award of excellence, the beaches and marinas that have achieved this accolade today have complied with strict criteria relating to water quality, safety, facilities for visitors, beach management, environmental education and the provision of information.”

In Cork, Redbarn and Garretstown have regained the Blue Flag status and in Wexford, Ballinesker is being awarded the Blue Flag for the first time. 5 beaches that failed to comply with the requirements of Blue Flag in 2014 because of storm damage have regained their Blue Flag status, they are Bertra and Mulranny in Mayo, Rossbeigh in Kerry and Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point in Clare.

 

Brittas Bay North in Wicklow, Enniscrone in Sligo and Skerries in Fingal have lost their Blue Flags due to failure to comply with water quality requirements for the Blue Flag.

 

58 beaches in Ireland were awarded the Green Coast Award representing an increase in 4 awards since 2014. Bishopsquarter and Seafield in Clare and Inchydoney East in Cork are being awarded for the Green Coast Award for the first time. In Wexford, Ballyhealy, Ballymoney, Booley Bay, Grange and St Helens Bay have also achieved the accolade.

Having not met the excellent standard required, Skerries in Fingal, Rathmullan in Donegal, Enniscrone in Sligo and Ballycastle in Mayo did not regain the Green Coast Award for 2015.

“The Green Coast Award recognises beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty. These beaches may not have the necessary built infrastructure required to meet the criteria set for Blue Flag status however they are exceptional places to visit and enjoy our rich coastal heritage and diversity.”

An important aspect of the Green Coast Awards is the involvement of Clean Coasts groups of which there are now 440 comprised of thousands of volunteers throughout the island. Ms FitzGerald, paid tribute to these groups stating that, “Clean Coasts groups contribute significantly to the protection of Irelands coast, in 2014 over 800 beach cleans took place and these groups removed over 500,000 items of marine litter from the marine environment.”

“Local Authorities, Marina Operators and local communities should be commended for their efforts in achieving Blue Flag and Green Coast award status today” Ms FitzGerald concluded.

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Editors Notes 

SUMMARY OF AWARDS

  • 144 awards presented today, an increase of 10 on last year’s number.
  • 86 Blue Flags are being awarded today in the Republic of Ireland, 81 to beaches and 5 to marinas.
    • This is an increase of 6 Blue Flags since 2014, representing an increase of 5 Blue Flag beaches and 1 Blue Flag marina.
  • 58 Green Coast Awards are being presented today representing an increase of 4 Green Coast Awards since 2014.
  • 6 beaches will be presented with both the Blue Flag & Green Coast Award achieving dual award status. These are Portmarnock, Portrane and Donabate in Fingal County Council; Salthill and Silver Strand in Galway and Rosses Point in Sligo.

 

BLUE FLAGS GAINED

Beaches (+8)

  • Wexford: A Blue Flag is being awarded to Ballinesker for the first time.
  • Cork: 2 Blue Flags were regained in Redbarn and Garretstown.
  • Kerry: A Blue Flag was regained in Rossbeigh.
  • Clare: 2 Blue Flags were regained in Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point.
  • Mayo: 2 Blue Flags were regained in Mulranny and Bertra.

Marinas (+1)

  • Kinsale Yacht Club has been awarded the Blue Flag for the first time.

 

BLUE FLAGS NOT AWARDED

Beaches (-3)

Blue Flag applications were received for the following beaches but we were unable to award the Blue Flag.

  • Wicklow: Brittas Bay North did not comply with water quality requirements for the Blue Flag.
  • Sligo: Enniscrone did not comply with water quality requirements for the Blue Flag.

Blue Flag applications were not received for the following beaches which did have the Blue Flag in 2014.

  • Fingal: Skerries South Beach did not meet the excellent standard required for Blue Flag status.

GREEN COAST AWARDS GAINED (+9)

  • Clare:  Bishops Quarter and Seafield are being awarded the Green Coast Award for the first time.
  • Wexford: Ballyhealy, Ballymoney, Booley Bay, Grange and St Helen’s Bay are being awarded the Green Coast Award.
  • Fingal: The Burrow is being awarded the Green Coast Award for the first time.
  • Cork: Inchydoney East is being awarded the Green Coast Award for the first time.

 

GREEN COAST AWARDS NOT AWARDED (-5)

  • Donegal: Rathmullan failed to comply with the water quality standards required for the Green Coast Award.
  • Sligo: Enniscrone failed to comply with the water quality standards required for the Green Coast Award.

Green Coast Award applications were not received for the following beaches which did have the Green Coast Award in 2014.

  • Mayo: Ballycastle in Mayo did not comply with water quality standards for the Green Coast Award.
  • Fingal: Skerries did not comply with water quality standards for the Green Coast Award.
  • Wexford: Ballinesker did not apply for the Green Coast Award but is in receipt of the Blue Flag in 2015.

Notes:

  • The Blue Flag is administered in Ireland by An Taisce on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Foundation for Environmental Education is an international organisation that has been promoting environmental education for sustainable development since 1981. FEE is an umbrella organisation with members in around 60 countries world-wide.

 

  • Blue Flag beaches must be identified bathing waters and are judged against a total of 33 criteria blueflagireland.org.

 

  • The Green Coast Award can be awarded to non-identified bathing waters and so expands water quality assessment beyond the legislative requirements set out by the new Bathing Water Directive. These awards go to beaches that have excellent water quality, a five year beach management plan and where the local communities are encouraged to engage in the management of the beach. These beaches may not have the suite of facilities required for Blue Flag status but they are exceptional places to visit. The Green Coast Awards were originally operated as a partnership between some of the east counties and the authorities in Wales.  In 2008 the programme was extended to embrace the whole coastline of Ireland.

 

  • Water Quality
  • For the evaluation of an applicant beach for Blue Flag/Green Coast Award purposes, the beach must comply with the 95th percentile compliance of the above limit values over a 4 year period. This is in accordance with the EU Bathing Water Directive 2006 as well as the recommendation of the World Health Organisation.
  • The percentile has to be calculated for each parameter and also met for each parameter. For example, if the 95th percentile is below the limit values for Escherichia coli but not for Intestinal Enterococci then the beach cannot be awarded with the Blue Flag.

 

Parameter Coastal Limit Values Inland Limit Values
E Coli 250 cfu /100ml 500 cfu/100ml
Intestinal Enterococci 100 cfu/100ml 200u/100ml

 

  • The Blue Flag programme in Ireland has been the driving force behind improvements in water quality for many years and as an award of excellence the Blue Flag implemented the stricter standards in Ireland in 2012. The microbiological standards of the 2006 EU Directive are almost twice as strict as the 1976 EU Directive band representing a lowering of the risk threshold for bathers to ca. 3% with the more stringent category of “Excellent” water quality being applied.

 

  • The Blue Flag programme is funded in Ireland by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government. The Green Coast Award in funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government and is supported by Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola.

 

BLUE FLAG AWARDEES 2015

 

Local Authority/Marina Operator Awarded Beach/Marina Details
Louth Port Louth retains 3 Blue Flags
Louth Templetown
Louth Clogherhead
Fingal Balcarrick, Donabate Fingal retains 3 Blue Flags having lost the Blue Flags having lost the Blue Flag for Skerries.

Skerries was classified as Good

Fingal Portrane
Fingal Portmarnock
DLR Killiney DLR retains 2 Blue Flags.
DLR SeaPoint
Wicklow Brittas Bay South Wicklow retains 2 Blue Flags and loses 1 Blue Flag for Brittas Bay North due to failure to comply with water quality requirements.
Wicklow Greystones South Beach
Wexford Curracloe Wexford will be awarded 5 Blue Flags having retained 4 Blue Flags for Curracloe, Courtown, Morriscastle and Rosslare Strand and being awarded the Blue Flag for the first time to Ballinesker.
Wexford Courtown
Wexford Morriscastle
Wexford Rosslare Strand
Wexford Ballinesker
Waterford Clonea Waterford has retained the Blue Flag for 4 beaches Tramore, Clonea, Councellor’s Strand and Dunmore Strand.
Waterford Councellors Strand
Waterford Dunmore Strand
Waterford Tramore
Cork Garrylucas Cork is awarded 7 Blue Flags. Cork has retained the Blue Flags for 5 beaches and regained the Blue Flag for Garretstown and Redbarn
Cork Inchydoney
Cork Owenahincha
Cork Barleycove
Cork Tragumna
Cork Redbarn
Cork Garretstown
Kerry Ballinskelligs Kerry has been awarded 13 Blue Flags retaining 12 Blue Flags from last year.

 

Rossbeigh beach has regained its Blue Flag having lost out in 2014 due to construction works on the beach.

 

Kerry Ballybunion North
Kerry Ballybunion South
Kerry Ballyheigue
Kerry Banna
Kerry Derrynane
Kerry Fenit
Kerry Inch
Kerry Kells
Kerry Maherabeg
Kerry Ventry
Kerry White Strand
Kerry Rossbeigh
Clare Ballycuggeran Clare will be awarded 9 Blue Flags having retained 7 Blue Flags since last year. Miltown malbay and Spanish Point have regained their Blue Flags having lost out last year due to ongoing construction works at the beach.
Clare Kilkee
Clare Whitestrand Doonbeg
Clare Mountshannon
Clare Cappa
Clare Fanore
Clare Lahinch
Clare Spanish Point
Clare Miltown Malbay
Galway Traught Galway retains 5 Blue Flags.
Galway Cill Mhuirbhigh
Galway Loughrea
Galway Tra an Doilin
Galway Tra Mhor, Indreabhan
Galway City Salthill Galway City retains 2 Blue Flags.
Galway City Silverstrand
Mayo Dooega Mayo will be awarded 12 Blue Flags for 2015.

Mayo has retained 10 Blue Flags since last year and regained Blue Flags for

Mulranny and Bertra.

Mayo Carrowmore
Mayo Clare Island
Mayo Ross Killala
Mayo Golden Strand
Mayo Mullaghroe
Mayo Silverstrand, Dugort
Mayo Keel
Mayo Elly Bay
Mayo Keem
Mayo Bertra
Mayo Mulranny
Sligo Rosses Point Sligo retains a  Blue Flags for Rosses Point. Enniscrone has lost its Blue Flag due to failure to comply with water quality requirements for Blue Flag.
Donegal Bundoran Donegal retains its 13 Blue Flags.
Donegal Culdaff
Donegal Fintra
Donegal Downings
Donegal Killahoey
Donegal Marblehill
Donegal Lisfannon
Donegal Murvagh
Donegal Naran
Donegal Magherawarden
Donegal Shroove
Donegal Rossnowlagh
Donegal Carrickfinn

 

County Marina  
Westmeath Killinure Marina Retained
Wexford Kilmore Quay Retained
Wexford New Ross Marina Retained
Cork The Royal Cork Yacht Club Retained
Cork Kinsale Yacht Club Kinsale yacht club is being awarded the Blue Flag for the first time.

 

 

GREEN COASTS AWARDEES 2015

 

Beach Name Award Details
Clare Bishops Quarter Clare is being awarded 2 Green Coast Awards for the first time.
Clare Seafield
Cork Ardnahinch Cork is being awarded 10 Green Coast Awards. Cork has retained 9 Green Coast Awards since 2014 and Inchydoney East is being awarded the Green Coast Award for the first time.
Cork Ballyrisode
Cork Dooneen Pier
Cork Galley Cove
Cork Garnish
Cork Inch
Cork Oysterhaven
Cork Ring
Cork Rocky Bay
Cork Inchydoney East
Donegal Ballyhernan Donegal has retained 5 Green Coast Awards since 2014 but has lost the Green Coast Award for Rathmullan due to failure to comply with water quality requirements.
Donegal Dooey Beach
Donegal Drumnatinney
Donegal Magheroarty
Donegal Port Arthur
Fingal Balcarrick Fingal will be awarded 4 Green Coast Awards. Fingal has retained the Green Coast Award for 3 beaches.

These 3 beaches are dual award achieving Blue Flag status also. The Burrow is being awarded the Green Coast Award for the first time.

Skerries  has lost its Green Coast Award due to failure to comply with water quality requirements.

Fingal Portrane
Fingal The Velvet Strand Portmarnock
Fingal The Burrow
Galway Aillebrack Galway has retained 6 Green Coast Awards.

 

Galway Dumhach
Galway East End Inisbofin
Galway Renvyle
Galway Trá Inis Oirr
Galway Trá gCaorach Inis Oirr
Galway City Salthill Galway City has retained 2 Green Coast Awards. These 2 beaches are dual award achieving Blue Flag status also.
Galway City Silver Strand
Kerry Béal Bán Kerry has retained the Green Coast Award for Béal Bán
Mayo Carrowniskey Mayo has 8 Green Coast Awards. Mayo did not apply for a Green Coast Award for Ballycastle as it did not meet excellent bathing water classification required to be awarded the Green Coast Award.
Mayo Cross, Belmullet
Mayo Cross, Louisburgh
Mayo Portacloy
Mayo Silver Strand
Mayo Srah
Mayo Termon
Mayo Whitestrand
Sligo Dunmoran Sligo has retained 4 Green Coast Awards. Sligo has lost the Green Coast Award for Enniscrone.

Rosses Point has dual award status.

Sligo Mullaghmore
Sligo Rosses Point
Sligo Streedagh
Waterford Guillamene Waterford has retained 7 Green Coast Awards.
Waterford Annestown
Waterford Ballyquin
Waterford Curragh
Waterford Goat Island
Waterford Kilfrassey
Waterford Newtown Cove
Wexford Old Bawn Wexford will be awarded 8 Green Coast Awards in 2015 having retained 3 Green Coast Awards for Cahore, Culleton’s Gap and Old Bawn. Ballyhealy, Ballymoney, Booley Bay, Grange and St Helens Bay are being awarded the Green Coast Award for 2015 also.

 

Wexford Cahore
Wexford Culleton’s Gap
Wexford Ballyhealy
Wexford Ballymoney
Wexford Booley Bay
Wexford Grange
Wexford St Helens Bay
Wicklow Arklow Wicklow has retained the Green Coast Award for Arklow

 

 

 

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Media Contact: Annabel FitzGerald
afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org
0876169727

Clean Coasts Launch 6th Annual

Love Your Coast Photography Competition

Clean Coasts launched their annual Love Your Coast Photography Competition today as part of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and with a prize fund of €5,000 it is expected to attract huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers. There are five categories in this year’s competition; Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and Underwater.

Speaking about the competition, Annabel FitzGerald, An Taisce’s Coastal Programmes Manager said, “This competition is about capturing the essence of the Irish coast – its extensive beauty and diverse character. The photographs will serve as a reminder of the responsibility that we all have in protecting the beauty and diversity of our coastal environment. She added, “Underwater is a new category in this year’s competition, I am really looking forward to getting a glimpse of our underwater world!”

Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs & Communications Manager Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland said “I am looking forward to being on the judging panel again this year, it is a difficult task, however the stand-out images over the past years brilliantly captured the scenic beauty and wilderness of our beaches and the unique and special relationship the people of our island nation have with our coastline. I can’t wait to see this year’s entries”

For more information about the Love Your Coast photography competition please visit www.cleancoasts.org.

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Clean Coasts

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 

Coca-Cola
“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 in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). 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, minimizing 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.”

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Media Contact: Annabel FitzGerald
afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org
0876169727

 

Join Ireland’s Largest Coastal Clean Up 

Clean Coasts Ambassador & Pro Surfer Easkey Britton Urges Us to Tackle Marine Litter

A call for volunteers to join Ireland’s largest coastal cleanup was made today by Clean Coasts Ambassador Easkey Britton. Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2015 takes place from May 8th to May 17th and everybody is invited to get involved in protecting and celebrating a beach they love.

A recent United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) report estimated that 8 million individual litter items enter the marine environment every day. This is certainly evident along Ireland’s coastline. In 2014 Clean Coasts groups removed a staggering 500,000 marine litter items from our beaches. 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.

Speaking at the launch Easkey Britton, Clean Coasts Ambassador said “Clean Coasts Week is about the power of the ocean to connect. Through coming together to celebrate our coasts at Clean Coasts events around the country and by joining local groups for beach clean-ups we create a stronger sense of community, a community connected by the sea. No matter how challenging the problem of marine litter might seem, together, even a small act can lead to positive change.”

Speaking at the launch Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts Manager, An Taisce said: We are expecting more than 100 beaches to be cleaned by thousands of volunteers during 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.”

Speaking at the launch, Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland said, “While Clean Coasts activities take place all year round, the impact during Clean Coast week is significant. Year on year more and more volunteers are joining Ireland’s largest coastal cleanup.  The week is a great opportunity to connect with your local Clean Coasts group and to take part in events all over Ireland.”

In addition to the many beach cleans that will be taking place there are also Coastal Celebration events, including the National #2MinuteBeachClean Day, launch of Love Your Coast photography competition, film screenings, Coastal talks, Beat the Microbead Day and lots more. While all events are free, some are ticketed; people are encouraged to check out the website for more details. www.cleancoasts.org

Clean Coasts Week Events

Event Location Date Details
Explore the Shore Grattan Beach 9th May 3pm Clean Coasts have teamed up with Galway Atlantaquaria to bring you Explore the Shore where you can enjoy and learn more about your local shoreline, explore topics like marine life, invasive species and marine litter from experts. Families are welcome to take part but all children most be accompanied by an adult.

 

Clean Coasts Talk with Donegal County Council  

Gweedore Library, Co Donegal

 

11th May 2pm Dr. Trish Murphy, Celebrate Water‘Community ownership of our local coasts’
Screening of ‘Into the Sea’  

 

 

The Annex Lecture Theatre, Martine Ryan Building, NUIG

 

 

 

 

12th May @6.30pm

 

 

 

Clean Coasts are delighted to be screening ‘Into the Sea’ as part of Clean Coasts Week. The documentary follows the story of the first surfers in Iran, a story shaped by three young women – Irish pro surfer, co-founder of Waves of Freedom and Clean Coasts Ambassador Easkey Britton, Iranian pro snowboarder Mona Seraji and Iranian diver Shalha Yasini. Together they planted the seed for new opportunities and made history, becoming the first women to surf in Iran. It is the recognition of the power of surfing to transcend social, cultural and gender barriers that inspired Easkey and director Marion Poizeau to found the non-profit organisation, Waves of Freedom which uses the power of surfing as a creative medium for positive social change.

 

Clean Coasts Talk with Donegal County Council Buncrana Library Co Donegal  12th May 2pm Michael Cosgrove, Loughs Agency‘Meet your Donegal Shoreline neighbours’

 

Screening of ‘Into the Sea’  

Dublin IFI Cinema, Dublin 1

 

 

 

 

13th May 6pm

 

 

 

 

Clean Coasts are delighted to be screening ‘Into the Sea’ as part of Clean Coasts Week. The documentary follows the story of the first surfers in Iran, a story shaped by three young women – Irish pro surfer, co-founder of Waves of Freedom and Clean Coasts Ambassador Easkey Britton, Iranian pro snowboarder Mona Seraji and Iranian diver Shalha Yasini. Together they planted the seed for new opportunities and made history, becoming the first women to surf in Iran. It is the recognition of the power of surfing to transcend social, cultural and gender barriers that inspired Easkey and director Marion Poizeau to found the non-profit organisation, Waves of Freedom which uses the power of surfing as a creative medium for positive social change. 
Clean Coasts Talk with Donegal County Council Dungloe Library, Co Donegal 13th May 2pm Olivia Crossan from An Taisce’s Clean Coast programme will be giving a   lunchtime talk on Coastal Awareness as part of a series of lunchtime talks run by Clean Coasts and Donegal County Council during Clean Coasts Week

 

Screening of ‘Into the Sea’  

Sligo, The Model Cinema

 

 

 

 

17th May @5pm

 

 

 

Clean Coasts are delighted to be screening ‘Into the Sea’ as part of Clean Coasts Week. The documentary follows the story of the first surfers in Iran, a story shaped by three young women – Irish pro surfer, co-founder of Waves of Freedom and Clean Coasts Ambassador Easkey Britton, Iranian pro snowboarder Mona Seraji and Iranian diver Shalha Yasini. Together they planted the seed for new opportunities and made history, becoming the first women to surf in Iran. It is the recognition of the power of surfing to transcend social, cultural and gender barriers that inspired Easkey and director Marion Poizeau to found the non-profit organisation, Waves of Freedom which uses the power of surfing as a creative medium for positive social change.

 

Love Your Coast Photography Competition Launch Nationwide 13th May Clean Coasts Love Your Coast Photography Competition will be launched on May 13th.

 

Marram Grass Planting Day Carrickfinn 13th May 6pm Meeting place 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 cleancoasts@eeu.antaisce.org or call us on 01 40022210

 

Coastal Blooms Poulsallagh, Burren 13th May 2pm As part of the Burren in Bloom Festival there will be a walk looking at the stunning coastal blooms that can be found in the Burren led by biodiversity expert Lynda Weekes with a short talk about the work of Clean Coasts included

 

Beach Clean and Clean Coasts Talk Murrevagh beach, Mullraney. Co. Mayo 14th May 6pm The Mullarney Environmental group are organising a Beach clean on Murrevagh beach and Clean Coasts are going to be there to talk about our work on marine litter and some of the interesting wildlife found on this beautiful beach beach.

 

Clean Coasts Talk with Donegal County Council  

Ballyshannon Library, Co Donegal

 

14th May 2pm Lorna Siggins, Irish Times Marine Correspondent‘Our Irish Marine Environment’

 

A Trip to the Frozen Continent with Jim Wilson Science Gallery, Dublin 1 14th May 6pm Jim Wilson works as a wildlife tour guide on small cruise ships in polar regions. This talk will describe in words and pictures aspects of the wildlife, history and scenery from his most recent season in the Antarctic (Nov 2014 – Jan 2015).JIM WILSON is a wildlife writer, international wildlife tour guide and broadcaster. He acts as a wildlife tour guide on small cruise ships specialising in the Polar Regions. He is a former chairman of BirdWatch Ireland and a former director of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. His publications include the best-selling The Birds of Ireland, A Field Guide (2013) and Ireland’s Garden Birds (2008). He established BirdWatch Ireland’s long-running Garden Bird Survey in 1987, he also filmed and produced two educational DVDs Whales and Dolphins of Ireland (2005) for the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and The Bats of Ireland (2009) for Bat Conservation Ireland. He has been involved in the study and conservation of Ireland’s natural heritage for over 40 years, with a strong emphasis on education. He is a regular contributor to The Mooney Show on RTE Radio 1.

 

Clean Coasts Talk with Donegal County Council Carndonagh Library, Co Donegal 15th May 2pm Dr. Maurice Clarke, Marine Institute‘The Donegal Herring Fishery: history, threats to survival and looking to the future.’

 

Beat the Microbead Day Nationwide 16th May Clean Coasts will be holding their annual Beat the Microbead Day on May 16th. 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.

 

National #2minutebeachclean Day Nationwide 17th 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 17th 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!

 

Marine LitterWatch Surveys Nationwide All week Clean Coasts are partnering with the European Environment AgencyMarine litter is recognised as a growing pressure on coastal and marine environments. It has cross border impacts on wildlife and habitats as well as on human activities and health. It is a societal problem that needs our engagement. Reflecting on the need to fill data gaps as well as the aims of involving citizens in environmental issues such as marine litter, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has in conjunction with Clean Coasts and other eNGOs developed the Marine LitterWatch (MLW) app. This approach combines citizen engagement and technology to help tackle the problem of marine litter. Clean Coasts will be carrying out marine litter monitoring on 20 beaches during the week using the app.

Registered Clean Ups

Clean Coasts Group Name County Where is clean-up Date of cleanup Time of Clean up Meeting point
Accenture Business Group Dublin Bull Island 18/05/2015 10am
On behalf of Balseskin Reception Centre for assylum seekers Dublin Portmarnock beach 13/05/2015 1pm Balseskin Reception Centre
Clare Outdoor Club Clare Cregg Beach, Lahinch 18/04/2015 TBC TBC
Inchydoney Residents Association Cork Inchydoney Beaches 13/06/2015 10am to 12pm Meet up at front of hotel
Cork Glouthaune 16/05/2015 10:30 The Rising Tide
Glounthaune Tidy Towns Cork Glounthaune village quay and environs (Lee estuary) 16/05/2015 10:30 The Rising Tide Restaurant
Cork Schull 13/05/2015
Blackrock Clean Up Group Cork Amenity Walks in and around Blackrock Village Cork 09/05/2015 10 – 12 am Car Park in Blackrock Village
Lehanmore Clean Coasts Group Cork Garnish Beach 27/04/2015 11am Garnish Beach
Rosscarbery Tidy Towns Association Cork The Warren beach, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork 13 or 14/5/2015 11:30am Warren Car Park
Cobh Tidy Towns Cork Cuskinny Beach, Carrigaloe beach, Cobh town cambers 09/05/2015 10am Five Toot Way Carpark
Ardmore Tidy Towns Cork Whiting Bay and Ardmore beaches TBD TBD TBC
Scoil Bhríde Cork Ballydehob 15/05/2015 11:30am school
Castletownbere Tidy Towns Cork Tom O Brien beach and shore around Castletownbere 08/05/2015 12 noon Square Castletownbere
Lehanmore Coastcare  Group Cork Garnish Beach 06/05/2015 11am Garnish Beach
1st Year and Green Schools Cork Long Strand, Owenahincha, Rosscarbery, West Cork 05/05/2015 Morning Secondary School
Walterstown School Cork Ballybrassil beach, Cobh 29/04/2015 9:30pm School
Downings Tidy Town Donegal Trá Beg, Downings and Tramore Beach, Downings 09/05/2014 11am Public Car Park, Downings
Community For A Clean Estuary Donegal Pocket beaches in the townland of Glenburnie between Moville and Green castle 02/05/2015 10am bottom of Lafferty’s Lane, Carnagarve
Arranmore Island Donegal All beaches on Island 12/05/2015 12 noon Community Centre
Iasc na Mara Swim Club Donegal Main Beach Bundoran to McGoverns car park 19/04/2015 1 to 3pm Thrupenny pool
Carrickfinn environmental Donegal Carrickfinn beach area 03/05/2015 2 – 4pm Carrickfinn Car Park
Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada Donegal Leabgarrow Beach, Arranmore Island 15/05/2015 09:15 Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada
Rathmullan Clean Coasts Group Donegal Rathmullan & Kinnegar Beach 16/05/2015 12 noon Rathmullan Beach Car park
Keep Cruit Island Clean Donegal Cruit Island, Co Donegal 10/05/2015 12pm Cruit Island Bridge
Annagry Tidy Towns Donegal Carrickfinn Blue Flag Beach 17/05/2015 10am Beach Car Park Carrickfinn Beach
Dunfanaghy Tidy Towns Donegal Killyhoey Beach 12/05/2015 6pm Car Park, Killyhoey
Bundoran Tidy Towns Donegal Bundoran Mian beach, Bundoran Co. Donegal 09/05/2015 1 – 4pm Main Beach, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Inver Clean Beach Donegal Inver beach 10/05/2015 11am Car Park at the beach
Killybegs Community Council Donegal Lough Heada and Fintra Beach, Killybegs 02/05/2015 dependent on tide Lough Head, Killybegs
Forbartha Port Arthus Donegal The Pier at Port Arthur TBC 11am The Pier at Port Arthur
Dublin Balbriggan Town TBD TBD n/a
Sandycove Clean Coasts Group Dublin Sandycove TBC 11am – 1pm Sandycove
Portmarnock Community Association Dublin Velvet Strand, Portmarnock 16/05/2015 10am Meet at Kiosk on seafront Portmarnock, directly beforehand. Watch out for people in yellow bibs. All Welcome
Bull Island Action Group Dublin North Bull Island , Dublin Bay 16/05/2015 11am – 1pm entrance to Dollymount beach. Cross from the mainland over the wooden bridge
Da Green Frogs Dublin Sandymount 15/04/2015 2 hours Forget The Gym Sandymount, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Scoil Mhuire Dublin Howth Strand 08/05/2015 9am Scoil Mhuire
Skerries Adopt-a-Beach Dublin Skerries south strand and Skerries North Strand 10/05/2015 2 – 4pm Lifeguard hunt on the south beach
Port Malahide Sea Scouts Dublin Malahide Outer Estuary / Malahide beach 16/05/2015 10am Malahide Scout Dean
The Burrow Residents Association Dublin Portrane Beach 17th May Afternoon Carpark area opposite the Brook Pub
Donabate and Portrane Tidy Towns Dublin Donabate beach adn Portrane Beach 26/04/2015 2pm Supervalu Car park
Sandymount and Poolbeg Clean Coasts Group Dublin Sandymount Beach 09/05/2015 11am South Wall car park
Headway Dublin Bull Island 22/05/2015 10am Bull Island Interpretive Centre
The A Team Galway Streamstown Point, Connemara 10/05/2015 3pm Clifden ecoBeach camping & caravanning Park
Duirling Centre Galway Spiddal/ Carraraoe 08/05/2015 2pm Spiddal beach or Carroraoe beach
Loughrea Tidy Towns Galway The shorline of Loughrea Lake, Co Galway 09/05/2015 11am Car Park of Childrens Playground, Gort Rd, Loughrea, Co Galway
Inishbofin Clean Coasts Group Galway Inishbofin Island Beaches TBC 23/24/25 April 3- 6pm Community Centre
24th Galway Sea Scouts – Cub Section Galway Dead Man’s beach near the Harbour Enterprise park 11/05/2015 7pm Scout Unit in Harbour Enterprise Park
Comhar Caomhán Teo Galway An Trá Inis Oírr 06/05/2015 11am An Trá
Maharees Clean Coasts Group Kerry Castlegregory beach; Maherabeg Cut; Brandon Bay; Kilhannig 09/05/2015 10am/11am/1pm Castlegregory beach; Maherabeg Cut; Brandon Bay; Kilhannig
Coiste Bhaile na nGall Kerry Mirioch Beach, Ballydavid beaches 16/05/2015 12 noon Carpark, Ballydavid
Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium Clean Coasts & Maharees Clean Coasts Kerry The Warren, Maharees, Co. Kerry 10/05/2015 11am Sandy Bay Car Park
Baile an Reannaigh Kerry Muiríoch Beach
Baile an Reannaigh
Ballyferriter
Co.Kerry.
17/05/2015 10am Baile an Reannaigh
PayPal Dundalk Green Team Louth Blackrock Beach 16/05/2015 2pm Meeting at the large car park beside the Bring Banks just past Centra. Lower slip road .
Blackrock Tidy Towns Louth Beaches and foreshore in Blackrock, Co. Louth 13/05/2015 10am Lower car park, Blackrock
Clogherhead Development Group Louth Little Strand, Clogherhead, Co. Louth 13/05/2015 7pm to 8:30pm Car park of Little Stand
Costa Aláinn Louth Termonfeckin to Baltray 09/05/2015 2pm Car Park
Belmullet Tidy Towns Mayo The Docks and end of Quay Street TBA TBA The Square, Belmullet
Ardagh residents Mayo Shoreline at Ardagh, Newport 9, 10/05/2015 TBC Bourkes Cottage
Kildanat Gleaners Mayo Achillbeg 16/05/2015 10am Achillbeg – Rocky beach
Mayo Port a’ Chlóidh Beach 17/04/2015 10am – 2pm At Port a’ Chlóidh beach head
Mayo Carramore, Louisburgh Co. Mayo 09/05/2015 10am Carramore beach carpark
Kilcommon RSS Mayo Rinroe beach 07/05/2015 10am Entrance to Rinroe point
Baile Slachtmhar Bhéal an Mhirthead Mayo Quay Street and surrounding area, Belmullet TBC TBC Office
Kilcummin Community Group Mayo Lacken Strand 17/05/2015 10am Lacken Back Strand, Kilcummin side.
Keep Keel Clean Coastcare group Mayo Keel beach, Achill 02/05/2015 noon Keel beach carpark
Claggan Island Clean Coasts Group Mayo Claggan Island 09/05/2015 12 – 4pm Claggan Strand
Ballina Beverages Mayo Ross beach Killala / Moy River Ballina TBC TBC Ballina Beverages
St Mary’s Primary Trim Meath Mornington beach 14/05/2015 10:45am Mornington beach
Clean Coasts Raughley Sligo Raughley area, Sligo 17/05/2015 10:30am Raughley cross Road
North West Sea Kayaking Clean Coast Group Sligo Rosses Point Sea Channel / Scenic Route water edge 15/05/2015 7;30pm NWSKA club base at Sligo Yacht Club
North Sligo Playground Sligo Streedagh Beach 24/04/2015 2pm Streedagh Beach
Lissadel Clean Coasts Group Sligo Lissadell Beach, Co. Sligo 16/05/2015 2pm Coilte carpark at the main beach Lissadell
Sligo Strandhill and Cullenamore 16/05/2015 11am Meeting at the Cannon Strandhill
Rosses point Tidy Towns Sligo Rosses Point Beach 17/05/2015 2:30pm Rosses Point Beach Car Park
LEAP Project Sligo Easkey Shoreline/ Beach 02/05/2015 12 noon Easkey/Roslee Castle
Abbott Nutrition Sligo Strandhill Beach 15/05/2015 1pm Meet at Canon on Strandhill Prom
Bonmahon Tidy Towns Waterford Bonmahon Beach & Tra na Mho headland & beach 06/05/2015 7pm Top beach entrance
Ring Peninsula Community Group Waterford Beach on the Ring Peninsula 02/05/2015 11am – 1pm The car partks of the Cunnigar, Baile na nGall, Polla Phúca Helvick
Poulshone Coast Care Wexford Poulshone Beach and Road 10/05/2015 3pm At the beach
St Ibars NS Wexford Curry lie beach and the Raven 23/05/2015 12noon The Raven Point
St Kearns Rowing Wexford St Kearns shoreline, Saltmills 15/052015 7pm approx. St Kearns shoreline at training session
Hook residents Committee, Hook Head Wexford Wexford Slade village and beach During the week 8to 17 May (15th ? ) Tide Dependent Village castle
Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns Wexford Morriscastle Beach, Co. Wexford 15/05/2015 6pm Morriscastle Carpark, Co. Wexford
Wicklow Coast Care Wicklow Broad Lough / The Murrough / Wicklow Town 16/05/2015 4pm The Murrough Car Park Wicklow Town, beside the new Playground
St Gerard’s Junior School Wicklow Bray Harbour 20/05/2015 10:45am St Gerard’s Junior School
Wicklow Greystones Beach TBC TBC TBC
Campaign Against Dog Dirt Wicklow Kilcoole beach car park 08/05/2015 10am Kilcoole beach car park
St Francis National School Wicklow Newcastle beach 09/05/2015 11am – 1pm Station House, Newcastle
Gealscoil Chill mhantáin Wicklow Brittas Bay 01/06/2015 TBC _
Sea Life Coast Care Group Wicklow Bray Harbour, Strand Road, Bray 16/05/2015 3pm Bray Harbour (at the Anchor)

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Clean Coasts

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

Coca-Cola
“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 in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). 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, minimizing 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.”

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Media Contact: Annabel FitzGerald
Email: afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org
Phone: 014002210 or 0876169727

Beat the Microbead for World Water Day
@CleanCoasts #BeatTheBead

Did you know that by washing your face, brushing your teeth and scrubbing your body you might be polluting the environment and threatening your health?

‘Beat the Microbead’ is an international campaign aimed at raising awareness about the issue of microbeads in cosmetic products and encouraging consumers to purchase alternative microbead free products. Here in Ireland, An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme joined the fight against microbeads in comestics by supporting the ‘Beat the Microbead’ Campaign since the beginning of 2014. For World Water Day 2015, which takes place this Sunday 22nd March, Clean Coasts is asking people to help ‘Beat the Microbead’ by downloading the free app to check for microbeads in products and to stop buying these products. The app can be downloaded from www.cleancoasts.org

What Are Microbeads?

Tiny particles of plastic are ingredients in thousands of personal care products sold around the world. These plastic 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, typically less than 1 millimeter wide, and so they end up in our waterways and 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. Scientists tell us that microbeads become more toxic over time and these toxins can biomagnify up the food chain so the top predator has the highest concentration of the toxins. That’s us!

Three out of four scrubs contain micro plastics. Shampoos, soap, toothpaste, eyeliners, lip gloss, deodorant and sunblock sticks may also contain plastic particles. A single product can contain thousands of microbeads. These micro particles are made of Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Nylon. PE and PP are the most common.

Beat the Microbead App

The Beat the Microbead App scans the barcode of personal care products informing the consumer whether or not the product contains plastic microbeads. Products are divided into the categories Red, Orange and Green. Red: the product contains microbeads; Orange: the product contains microbeads but the manufacturer has pledged to stop using microbeads in the near future; Green, the product does not contain microbeads.

Speaking about Beat the Microbead, Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts Manager said, “Clean Coasts encourage all eco-minded consumers to download the app which takes the guess work out of choosing a face wash, body scrub or toothpaste by informing you whether or not it contains microbeads!” She added that “plastic microbeads as ingredients in personal care products is such a needless and avoidable source of pollution considering that there are many alternatives available such as crushed walnut shells and dried coconut which are just as good exfoliants”

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About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 432 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.

Two Dutch NGOs – the North Sea Foundation and the Plastic Soup Foundation launched the app in 2012 as part of their Beat the Microbead campaign.

 

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Media Contact:  Annabel FitzGerald, Coastal Programmes Manager, An Taisce
Telephone: 087 6169727
Email:  afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org
Twitter: @CleanCoasts
Regional Press Releases also available

 

Clean Coasts Symposium & Ocean Hero Awards
#OceanHero

An Taisce’s annual Clean Coasts Symposium & Ocean Hero Awards were held on Wednesday 19th November at The Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. The Clean Coasts Symposium brought together key stakeholders in the area of marine litter such as coastal communities, policy-makers, NGOs, tourism bodies, the science community, plastics industry and the fishing industry. The presence of marine litter in our oceans is a global concern that requires action.  Adequate measures are needed to address the pressure of litter in the marine environment both at sea and on land whereby public awareness and community action plays a vital role. Clean Coasts is about engaging communities in the protection of our beaches, seas and marine life. There are currently 423 Clean Coasts groups participating in the programme. The prestigious Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Awards are about recognising the invaluable work done by these committed volunteers across the country on a daily basis to protect Ireland’s beautiful coastline.

Speaking at the Symposium Martin Dorey said, “The 2 minute beach clean can be whatever you want it to be. You just pick up a few bits whenever you go to the beach and put them in the rubbish. Simple. Every piece of litter you remove from the marine environment is a piece of litter that will no longer entangle wildlife, break into thousands of tiny pieces and end up in the food chain or ghost fish for eternity. Every piece counts.” He added, “It is wonderful to be working with An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme to promote the 2 Minute Beach Clean in Ireland.”

Speaking at the event, Annabel FitzGerald, Coastal Programmes Manager, An Taisce said, “We organize 100s of beach cleans mobilizing thousands of volunteers to remove considerable quantities of marine litter from our coastline. For example, during The Big Beach Clean weekend in September, 103 Clean Coasts groups removed 33,442 litter items from 128km of coastline. This was done in one weekend and serves as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem of marine litter.” She added that, “the top ten litter items included the usual suspects; recreational litter like plastic bottles and aluminum cans, cigarette butts, fishing litter such as ropes and nets and sewage related litter such as cotton bud sticks.”

Speaking about Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Awards, she added “All 423 Clean Coasts Groups should be incredibly proud of the impact they have made in protecting the coast. Collectively they have removed over 500,000 pieces of litter from the Irish coast during 2014. The Ocean Hero Awards are about celebrating these coastal custodians and will hopefully inspire others to join the movement for litter free seas.”

The Clean Coasts Programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

 

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School of the Year Award Poulfur NS, Wexford

“In a year in which our community remembers and celebrates the Ocean Heroes of our parish  (whose acts of valour in 1914 saw 9 of them losing their lives whilst saving the lives of others) whom we remembered during the Clean Coasts Programme this year, we are humbled by the honour bestown upon our school and community by being awarded Ocean Hero School of the Year 2014. Our project drew together the very best of local (Sandra and Anne of Hook Residents Association), county (Cliona Connelly – Wexford County Council) , national (Aidan Gray and An Taisce Clean Coasts)  and school efforts and has left a lasting legacy with the children, the future of our community.”

In May during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week the teachers and pupils of Poulfur NS, near Fethard-On-Sea in Co. Wexford were extremely busy with a three-day coastal education event. The school joined forces with Aidan Gray our Clean Coasts Officer in the East, Hook Residents Association, and Wexford County Council. 75 children were brought out each day for local coastal clean ups and coastal education and visited a variety of different locations, from coves, to long sandy beaches, to Hook lighthouse. It was a major operation with logistics and the school managed it all with such great gusto. Poulfur NS registered as a Clean Coasts group in 2010 but this year was their largest community coastal event to date.Chloe Draught, Dara McGee, Domini Bin Mhic Oda, Harry Nunan and Sarah Miskella accepted their award for Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Award for School of the Year 2014.
Event of the Year Coolbeg Clean-up 

“Drumcliffe bay is an important aspect of our local enviroment and we in Drumcliffe Rathcormac Tidy Towns greatly appreciate the help and advice of Clean Coasts in our efforts to maintain the health and cleanliness of this important natural resource.”

On Saturday morning March 29th over 50 volunteers from Lissadell Coastscare and Drumcliffe/Rathcormac Tidy Towns came together to tackle the issue of illegal dumping on the Coolbeg Shoreline in Co. Sligo. The dumping which had been taking place for several years included domestic waste such as nappies, as well as numerous bags containing glass bottles, cans and electrical equipment including TVs. In addition to this there was also over 300 tyres dumped on the shoreline. With assistance from Sligo County Council the tyres were removed and the other litter items were sorted for recycling on the beach that day. Local businesses also got involved by providing refreshments for all those who took part.  These groups are being acknowledged for the effort it took to plan such a large scale clean-up involving many volunteers and proves no amount of dumping is too great for a community to take on with assistance from their local authority and businesses alike.Tamlyn Mc Hugh fronm Lissadell Coastcare and Michael Kirby from Drumcliffe/Rathcormac Tidy Towns collected their award for Ocean Hero Event of the year 2014.
Newcomer of the Year Award Burrenbeo Trust Conservation Volunteers

“The Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers is an active voluntary community that works towards the sustainable management of the Burren (north County Clare and south County Galway), by addressing key conservation issues in the region, e.g. coastal clean ups, habitat management and dry-stone wall building and repair. The spring storms hit the Burren coastline hard this year resulting in vast amounts of debris being carried far inland. With a lot of hard labour and the support of Clean Coasts we have made a huge difference, leaving  a large section of the Burren coastline visibly cleaner. We would like to thank all our volunteers for taking part in this project and the Clean Coasts team for all their support and advice. Our future plans include monitoring the Burren coastline and working to keep it as clean and litter free as possible.”

Burrenbeo Trust Conservation Volunteers joined the Clean Coasts programme in February 2014 and since then they have worked tirelessly to tackle the issue of marine litter along the coastline of The Burren. During Coca-Cola Clean Coasts week 2014 and the Big Beach Clean 2014 they successfully collected over 350kg of marine litter, clearing a large section of the rocky coastline on Blackhead of debris that was carried far up onto the land during the spring storms earlier this year. They choose this area because it was in need of their attention disregarding the difficult terrain they faced and the distances they would have to carry the debris, litter and nets back to collection points; removing items that were not only a blight to the beauty of the area but also a risk to local fauna. Having had a great positive impact along this area they are now looking towards the next area that is in need of their attention.Martin Hawkes, chairperson of the board of directors at Burrenbeo Trust collected the Ocean Hero Newcomer of the Year Award on the group’s behalf.
Volunteer of the Year Award Dan Clabby Galway Dan Clabby is part of the Clean Coasts group, Conservation Volunteers Galway who joined the programme in May 2013. Although their coastal cleanup days are a team effort, there is a sense that Dan is a driving force within the group. Having taken part in several beach cleanups with his group, he is quick to encourage participation by local community groups and individuals as well as being dedicated in seeing the work through no matter the hours it takes to do so. He has not only participated greatly in the Clean Coasts programme by giving a talks at the Clean Coasts Symposium and at our regional seminar in Galway but has helped others organize their cleanups and never misses an opportunity to take part; even taking the time to join a cleanup in Co. Clare ‘just to be sociable’.He also shows a great thoughtfulness and care towards the coastline by aiming to have cleanups not in areas that are necessarily well used or popular but instead focusing on areas that are not always thought of and desperately in need of care. Through all of these actions he shows great dedication to our coastal environment.Dan Clabby collected the Ocean Hero Volunteer of the Year Award.
Business of the Year Award Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

“Oceanworld Aquarium has been involved with Clean Coasts for the past number of years. We organise and co ordinate beach cleans on the Dingle Peninsula as well as educating people about the importance of clean seas and awareness of coastal clean ups.”

Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle, Co. Kerry has been an active group since 2010. The business organises local beach cleans around the Dingle Peninsula during the Big Beach Clean and Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week.The business has been an unfaltering supporter of Clean Coasts by hosting the Love Your Coast photography exhibition every year, providing space for the Clean Coasts Roadshow and indeed they have donated prizes for Clean Coasts week and agreed to support an educational trip by UCC to the aquarium.Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium also has a specific education area in their premises on marine litter and ensures that this is discussed during school visits.Suzanne Hall and Marine O’Shea collected the Ocean Hero Business of the Year Award 2014 for Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium.
Person of the Year May Burns

“It is a privilege to be involved in something as important as caring for our coastline. Becoming involved with the Clean Coasts group has helped us in the North-West to focus on protecting the wonderful natural resource that is our ocean.”

May has been involved with the Clean Coasts programme since May 2012 and is a member of the Mullaghmore Active group in Co. Sligo. As a Clean Coasts volunteer May has worked with her group on many conservation activities such as regular beach cleans, litter surveys and dune restoration projects. She has also created links with local Clean Coasts primary schools, brought together a large number of volunteers for the 2 minute beach clean initiative with Martine Dorey on Mullaghmore beach in August this year and gave a talk on behalf of the Clean Coasts programme at the recent Keep Northern Ireland beautiful Coastcare Awards. She has taken part in all these activities with an amazing amount enthusiasm and positivity. She is obliging to work with and is one of our most dependable coastal custodians.May Burns collected the award.
Group of the Year Award Wexford Sub Aqua Club

“Wexford Sub Aqua Club, delighted to have been the first Irish dive club to get involved with the Clean Coasts programme. Founded in 1971 and a member of Cleancoast since 2007”

Wexford Sub Aqua Club registered as a Clean Coasts Group seven years ago and each year have been very active with Clean Coasts events, but 2014 saw the largest clean ups events so far. The club’s year started with a large-scale community clean up after the winter storms, then in March the group gave an excellent presentation to Co. Wexford communities at a Clean Coasts Seminar. In April the club organized a large scale operation of which 245 people attended, possibly the most-attended clean up in Clean Coasts history. During the Big Beach Clean in September, the group again organized a large-scale clean up of local beaches to Kilmore Quay, where Wexford County Council recorded that several tons of rubbish were collected on this one clean up event. While the club has teamed up with a variety of local groups, An Taisce’s Clean Coasts staff, Wexford County Council, and NPWS, it was the massive logistical organization of the group to achieve these huge clean ups successfully. 2014 truly was an exceptional year for their Clean Coasts efforts.Ivan Donoghue and John Casey collected the award.
Long Term Contribution for Clean Coasts by an Individual Margaret Browne, Sandycove, Dublin

“The immense popularity of Sandycove beach involves a proactive approach to maintain not only its appeal for visitors but also to raise awareness and protect the precious rich marine habitat. To that end the Sandycove Coastcare Group was established 10 years ago and in addition to the physical efforts involved in maintaining the upkeep of the coast it has attempted to build community spirit, team-work along with a sense of pride and respect for our natural environment.”

Margaret Browne has shown excellent leadership for Sandycove for many years and maintained continual conservation of the seaside environment of Sandycove/Glasthule in Dublin. While organizing lots of varied community events for the locality, through Clean Coasts she has displayed great progress for the group. Among her successful actions, she developed a brochure of natural birdlife and seaside amenities; arranged a Peace Process plaque and ceremony; was instrumental in the annual Bloomsday festival; arranged a plaque and ceremony for Forgotten Irish Emigrants during the 2013 Gathering; developed anti-gum initiatives; and holds many clean ups and coastal initiatives throughout the year. Margaret binds groups of the community to work together in Clean Coasts actions, from local shops, schools, disability groups, youth groups and more. Since registering Sandycove Tidy Towns as a Clean Coasts Group in 2006, she has impressively kept such drive and management of coastal community action, and is truly a great example of a unique and passionate individual.Margret Browne collected the award.
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Annabel FitzGerald
afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org
0876169727

 

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast
Photography Awards 2014

A Breathtaking Photographic Display – Stunning Images of Ireland’s Coastline Projected onto Bolands Mills

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards were held on Friday 10th October at 7.30pm in Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Docklands, Dublin. Professor John Sweeney, President of An Taisce presented the prizes to the winning photographers. To celebrate 5 years of the Love Your Coast Photography Competition the top images from past years were projected onto Boland Mills in a stunning photographic display that illustrated the wonder of our coast.

Ireland has some of the most spectacular and diverse coastline in the world, Clean Coasts engages communities in protecting these beaches, seas and marine life now and for future generations. Clean Coasts launched the Love Your Coast Photography Competition in May during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and with a prize fund of €4,000 it attracted huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers. There are four categories in the competition; Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast and Wildlife & the Coast and with thousands of entries the panel of judges had a very difficult task indeed.

Speaking about the stunning photography, Annabel FitzGerald, An Taisce’s Coastal Programmes Manager and event organiser said, “The extensive beauty of Ireland’s coastline has been captured in these amazing photographs. They illustrate the diverse character of our coastline from the iconic Hook Head in Wexford to the emerald cave at Ballybunion, from the beauty beneath the sea to the diver emerging from the waves at Bullock Harbour. These photographs serve as a reminder of the responsibility that we all have in protecting the beauty and diversity of our coastal environment.”

Speaking at the Clean Coasts Awards Ceremony, Professor John Sweeney, President of An Taisce said, “The coast is a critically important environmental asset for Ireland. It’s dynamic nature and ability to respond to pressures both natural and human is excellently exhibited in these photographic entries. An Taisce congratulates those photographers who have captured the essence of the coast and elevated our appreciation of it to an art form.”

An electronic exhibition of Love Your Coast will be displayed at various locations nationally and internationally over the coming months. A gallery of the winning photographs can be found on www.cleancoasts.org or on Facebook/CleanCoasts.

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

If you require images in high resolution please contact Annabel FitzGerald afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org

 

WINNERS 2014

People & The Coast

1 Ian Hennessy Diver at Bullock Harbour, Co. Dublin
2 Sean Feehan Rite of Summer, Ballunacourty, Co. Waterford
3 Ivan Donoghue Ballindinas Barntown, Co. Wexford

Wildlife

1 Brendan Cullen Puffin in Flight, Saltee islands, Co. Wexford
2 Lucy Hunt Humpback Whale Tail Slapping, West of the Blaskets, Co Kerry
3 Damien Mc Guirk Shrimp Salute, Malinbeg Harbour, Co. Donegal

Landscape

1 Vincent Coey White Horses Bearing Down, White Rock, Kiliney, Co. Dublin
2 Hubert Leszcynski Cionn Mhálanna, Malin Head, Co. Donegal
3 Richard Creagh Emerald Cave, Ballybunion, Co Kerry

Heritage

1 Des Daly Abandoned Coastguard Tower, Ardmore, Co. Waterford
2 Pat Carey The Slipway, Clontarf, Co. Dublin
3 Carl Cutland Dusk at the Hook, Hook Head, Co. Wexford
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Media Contact: Annabel FitzGerald
Email: afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org
Phone: 087 6169727

Clean Coasts – Ocean Heroes Awards

 Celebrating Ireland’s Coastal Champions

 

Wednesday 24th September 2014 Clean Coasts have launched their annual Ocean Heroes Awards with a call for nominations for Ireland’s coastal champions.

The Clean Coasts Ocean Heroes Awards are an annual initiative run by An Taisce which recognise the invaluable contribution that individuals, community groups, businesses and schools make in protecting and conserving Ireland’s spectacular coastline. The prestigious awards forms part of the Clean Coasts programme which encourages the public to care for, and celebrate Ireland’s coastal environment.

Annabel FitzGerald, Coastal Programmes Manager, An Taisce: “The Ocean Heroes awards are a celebration of the invaluable contribution that local communities make to the protection and conservation of our coast. All 400 Clean Coasts groups working around our coastline should be incredibly proud of the positive impact they have made in protecting our beaches, seas and marine life. These prestigious awards are about recognising these Ocean Heroes and celebrating their dedication to the Irish coast.”

If you would like to recognise an individual, Clean Coasts group, school or business that is making a valuable contribution to protecting our coast, you can nominate them at www.cleancoasts.org. The nomination process only takes a few minutes and we would love to hear your voice. Nominations must be received by October 10th for inclusion in the selection process.

Nominations are invited in the following categories:

  • Ocean Hero Award – Group of the Year
  • Ocean Hero Award – Individual of the Year
  • Ocean Hero Award – Newcomer of the Year
  • Ocean Hero Award – School of the Year
  • Ocean Hero Award – Business of the Year
  • Ocean Hero Award – Event of the Year

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

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About Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts is made up of two elements; Clean Coasts volunteering and the Green Coast Award. The Green Coast Award is an award for beaches that meet the excellent standard for water quality as set out in the revised Bathing Water Directive (EC 2006/7/EC) but may not have the necessary built infrastructure to achieve Blue Flag status. An important element of this award is that these beaches have a beach management plan in place and that the local community are engaged in this process.

The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 403 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.

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Media Contact:  Annabel FitzGerald
Telephone:  0876169727
Email: afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org

 

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 

Be part of the world’s largest coastal cleanup

@CleanCoasts #BigBeachClean14

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place this weekend all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy again for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year 645,015 volunteers in 92 countries removed 5,580 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans.

During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of marine litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

There are already 100 cleanups scheduled to take place and if you are not able to make it to any of these why not do your very own #2MinuteBeachClean! Take a picture of what you collect, tag it and post it to instagram or twitter, simple!

Speaking about the Big Beach Clean, Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts National Manager said, “Marine litter is a global concern, affecting all the oceans of the world. Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in our seas and oceans, posing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. Ireland boasts spectacular sandy beaches and rocky shores and we all have a responsibility in caring for it. Every single piece of litter removed during the Big Beach Clean is one less piece of litter that will pollute our beautiful beaches or harm wildlife.”

Clean Coasts Ambassador, Easkey Britton spoke about her support of  the Big Beach Clean, “The ocean is important – our personal health and wellbeing is so interconnected with the health of our coasts and ocean but it’s in trouble. Marine litter is a big issue but each one of us has the power to do something about it and make a real impact for our health and the ocean’s. Take action now and register for the Big Beach Clean!”

Join the movement for litter free seas and register a cleanup for the Big Beach Clean weekend www.bigbeachclean.ie

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola.

Notes to the Editor:

Clean Coasts Ambassador Easkey Britton shows her support for the #BigBeachClean which takes place on 19th, 20th & 21st September 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FVeLj7GdZs

Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts is made up of two elements; Clean Coasts volunteering and the Green Coast Award. The Green Coast Award is an award for beaches that meet the excellent standard for water quality as set out in the revised Bathing Water Directive (EC 2006/7/EC) but may not have the necessary built infrastructure to achieve Blue Flag status. An important element of this award is that these beaches have a beach management plan in place and that the local community are engaged in this process.

The Clean Coasts volunteering effort engages communities in the protection and conservation of their local coastal environment. There are currently 403 registered Clean Coasts groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.

The Marine Litter we find

We estimate that in 2013 Clean Coasts groups removed a half a million pieces of marine litter from the coast of Ireland. During Clean Coasts Week in May and The Big Beach Clean in September Clean Coasts volunteers carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the abundance and types of marine litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

We have found that plastic bottle caps tend to be the number one culprit. Plastic bottles, aluminium drinks cans and cigarette butts tend to be amongst the highest ranking litter items found. Other common items generally in the top ten include food packaging, sweet wrappers and fishing litter such as rope and string and sewage related debris/litter such as baby wipes and cotton bud sticks are also often in the top ten litter items found on Ireland’s beaches. We do also find some unusual items like a shopping trolley handle, a computer keyboard, shoes and even a steering wheel!

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Annabel FitzGerald
afitzgerald@eeu.antaisce.org
0876169727

Join Ireland’s Largest Ever Coastal Clean-up

Keep Ireland’s beaches in ship shape!
@CleanCoasts       #cleancoastsweek

Portmarnock Beach, Dublin, 30th April 2014: A call for volunteers to join Ireland’s largest coastal clean-up and ensure Ireland’s beaches are in ship shape was made today by Clean Coasts Ireland. That call was echoed by rugby legend Shane Byrne, Managing Director of Waste Company AWD Group who lined out at the launch of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week. Clean Coasts Week 2014 takes place from May 9th to May 18th and members of the public are invited to jump on board to make it the biggest yet.

Speaking at the launch Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts Manager, An Taisce said: “Clean Coasts groups removed over 500,000 pieces of marine litter from the coast of Ireland in 2013. Raising public awareness is incredibly important when it comes to reducing marine litter and Clean Coasts’ initiatives such as Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and #2minutebeachcleans are excellent for public participation, focusing the public’s attention on the issue of marine litter and creating a sense of environmental responsibility. These initiatives are underpinned by information and education which is critical to their success. We are on course to make Clean Coasts Week Ireland’s largest coastal clean-up event ever with 100 coastal clean-ups already registered.” She added, “We are delighted to be working with the European Environment Agency this year and ask that all our Clean Coasts groups use the Marine LitterWatch app to record what they collect”.

Clean Coasts Week was launched at Portmarnock Beach in Dublin today by Minister Fergus O’Dowd TD Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government. Speaking at the launch Minister O’Dowd said, “Ireland is famous internationally for its beautiful and scenic coastline, which supports rich ecosystems and vibrant economic activity. It is enjoyed by both visitors and locals alike. Tourism initiatives such as the Wild Atlantic Way plan to highlight the unique beauty of this natural asset. The damage done by this winter’s storms, however, highlights its vulnerability. I would like to commend all who participate in this year’s Clean Coast week as it is such an important and worthwhile endeavor to protect and enhance such a valuable resource for the current and future generations.”

Speaking at the launch, Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland said, “The many clean-up events that take place during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week greatly benefit not only the local environment but also communities in which they take place. Clean-ups form a fantastic opportunity for thousands of volunteers to get out, be active and enjoy some fresh air and at the same time get to know their neighbours and make new friends. This social dimension of the Clean Coasts program is one of its broader benefits and one of the reasons the groups are growing all the time. It’s really positive and we’re delighted to be part of it.”

What’s new during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2014?

  1. The Marine LitterWatch App – Clean Coasts partnering with the European Environment Agency

Marine litter is recognised as a growing pressure on coastal and marine environments. It has cross border impacts on wildlife and habitats as well as on human activities and health. It is a societal problem that needs our engagement. Reflecting on the need to fill data gaps as well as the aims of involving citizens in environmental issues such as marine litter, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has developed the Marine LitterWatch (MLW) app. This approach combines citizen engagement and technology to help tackle the problem of marine litter. Clean Coasts will be asking those who participate in this year’s Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week to download the app and record what they find during their clean up. Each group will be provided with a unique code for their clean-up event to make it easy for them to use the app.

  1. Let’s Clean Up Europe Day – May 10th

The Environmental Education Unit is the coordinator for Let’s Clean Up Europe Day and is promoting the event through our long established programmes such as Clean Coasts, Green-Schools, Green Campus and the National Spring Clean. Marine litter is entirely due to human activity, and therefore can and has to be controlled by human management. However, one community, one NGO or one country acting in isolation will not be the answer. The problem of marine litter should be addressed collectively across national boundaries and on May 10th Clean Coasts are delighted to be promoting Let’s Clean Up Europe Day. Lots of clean-up initiatives have been organised in Europe in recent years to tackle the litter problem. “Let’s Clean Up Europe Day” is about bringing these initiatives together in a Europe-wide clean-up event to take place on the same day all over the continent, reaching as many citizens as possible.

  1. Beat the Microbead Day – May 16th

Clean Coasts will be launching the Beat the Microbead awareness raising initiative on May 16th. 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.

www.beatthemicrobead.org

  1. National #2minutebeachclean Day – May 17th

Clean Coasts are delighted to be holding Ireland’s first every National #2minutebeachclean day as part of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week. Our aim is to engage as many people as possible in this BIG IMPACT initiative. On May 17th 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 hoodie!

  1. Marine Litter – A Work of Art!

Pick up a piece of marine litter from Cork Harbour and have it included in an international work of art! This event is organised by Clean Coasts and Marlisco Ireland in collaboration with international artist Mandy Barker to highlight the environmental issue of marine litter. During Clean Coasts week (9th– 18th May) there will be a series of beach clean-ups organised around the Cork Harbour area. During these beach cleans, volunteers will be asked to find a piece of litter that they would like included in a series of contemporary photographic art works created by international artist Mandy Barker. Mandy’s pervious work has been exhibited worldwide and has featured in Time magazine. Mandy is undertaking a residency with the Sirius Art Centre in Cobh, County Cork during May. She will produce a series of work highlighting the marine litter issue and your marine litter item could be a part of her message!

To register a clean-up or find out more about Clean Coasts coastal celebration events please visit www.cleancoastsweek.ie

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Editors Notes

Marine Litter
Approximately 10 million tonnes of litter end up in the world’s oceans and seas each year. The term “marine litter” covers a range of materials which have been deliberately discarded, or accidentally lost on shore or at sea, and it includes materials that are carried out to sea from land, rivers, drainage and sewerage systems, or the wind. Every piece of litter removed from the coast is a piece of litter that won’t pollute our oceans or harm wildlife. In Ireland approximately 70% of the marine litter found is made of plastic.

We must be cognisant of the fact that what we find on our beaches is not the full extent of the marine litter load in the environment. It is estimated that 70% of marine litter is on the seabed, 15% is floating in the water column and 15% is what we find on our shores.

Clean Coasts
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 400 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.

Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola is Ireland’s largest manufacturer of premium non-alcoholic beverages and supplies a range of sparkling carbonated beverages, juices, mineral water and still drinks in the Irish marketplace. Overall, Coca-Cola employs 1900 across Ireland and Northern Ireland in locations including Dublin, Cork, Tuam, Ballina, Wexford, Athy, Drogheda, Lisburn and Omagh. Investing in the community and 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.