Blue flag: The Blue Flag award is an exclusive eco-label awarded in 28 countries in the Northern Hemisphere. It symbolises high standards in water quality, safety and services.

Lifeguards: : Lifeguard cover normally extends from 11.00 to 19.00, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays in June, July and August 6 days per week including Saturday Sunday and Bank Holidays. In September Saturday and Sundays weather dependent. Always check and donít assume there is one on duty.

Donabate: Donabate is wonderful blue flag beach located in North County Dublin, close to Dublin City. Itís located with easy access to the M50 and M1 motorways so you donít have to drive thought the city centre. Itís also easily to travelling to by dart or by bus. There are a number of pedestrian access points to the beach with only some cars being permitted on a section of the beach. The beach is really sandy and long; nearly 4km and there are plenty of sand dunes that children can play on. Facilities include public toilets and a Lifeguard Station incorporating a first Aid Station are provided at the beach. Lifeguards are on duty during the bathing season.

Seapoint: Seapoint beach opens to the north and consists mainly of large rocks and sand. Seapoint is a blue flag beach, and is located near Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin. The beach is flat and shallow and the area is suitable for swimming at high tide.

To the south of the beach, the sea covers some of the rocks; you should take extra care swimming in these parts but the area is still shallow. During the summer months the north of the beach is well-liked by swimmers and to the south canoeing surfing and jet skiing are popular. The beach is life guarded throughout the bathing season. The beach is easily accessible for cars and by public transportation.

Killiney : Killiney Beach has probably the best view of any beach in Dublin with Bray Head to the south and the salubrious Sorrento Terrace (where 5 bedroom houses fetch about 7 million Euro) to the north. In the mornings and evening you will see locals fishing from the water's edge.

Killiney blue flag beach is a stony beach about 800m in length. The beach is sheltered and suitable for bathing and swimming. The beach drops off dramatically, so you don't have to wade out for miles to get a good dip. The beach can be accessed from the car park Ė limited parking Ė or by bus or dart.

Lots of music stars live in the area including Bono, Van Morrison and Enya so you can star spot will lying out catching some rays.

Balbriggan Beach: Balbriggan is a pleasant safe sndy beach located just two moinutes form Ballbriggan town. It has a full life-guard service during the summer months and is easily assessable by car dart or bus. Situated in an area with great views itís a lovely beach to stroll on. A unique large colony of seals inhabit the coastline at Hampton and can regularly be seen around the harbour.

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