Twelve of Clare’s beaches are receiving international awards this afternoon for being clean and environmentally friendly.
Whitestrand, Miltown Malbay, Ballycuggeran, Whitestrand Doonbeg, Mountshannon, Cappagh, Fanore, Spanish Point, Kilkee and Lahinch have all received the Blue Flag.
The Green Coast Award has been bestowed on Bishops Quarter, Seafield and – for the first time – Ballyalla Lake.
Ceremonies have taken place in the past hour at each location.
Clare County Council’s Water Safety Officer Clare McGrath has been telling Clare FM’s James Mulhall how it will impact first-time winner Ballyalla Lake: