Concern Enniscrone again fails to secure Blue Flag

Resort a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point

Sligo News File

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Dara Mulvey has endorsed the government’s ‘Be Summer Ready’ campaign. However, there is surprise and concern that Enniscrone has again failed to secure the Blue Flag for its beach and waters.

Is there a reason why for several years now the flag hasn’t been awarded to the West Sligo resort?  The Green Coast Award also hasn’t been restored to the place.

The village is located on the route of the heavily promoted Wild Atlantic Way, and annually seeks to attract visitors on an increasing scale from across the country and abroad. Some funding on such as a plaza and other improvements is proposed. Yet, attainable  widely recognised awards attesting to safety and access for beach users are absent from the scene.

This year, Rosses Point is reportedly the only beach singled out for the awards. What’s with the rest, including Enniscrone, that they haven’t been included in the programme?

More and more, families want to be satisfied that beaches of places they’re holidaying in or visiting are up to the highest standard and that the waters are consistently clean and safe, especially for their children. This is what the presence of the Blue Flag and Green Coast awards are taken to vouch for. It escapes understanding, then, that for years in a row they haven’t been on display in Enniscrone.   

Surely, as an important value in the promotion and continuing growth of the country’s crucial tourism industry, and the resort itself, people are owed an explanation for the long ongoing absence of the resort from the awards list.