As part of the rollout of the ongoing ‘Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution’ environmental campaign, this week Galway City Council and Clean Coasts Ireland have launched a new initiative to get the public to love their local beaches.
Speaking about the new initiative, Tiarnan McCusker, Environmental Awareness Officer with Galway City Council said:
“We are really excited to partner with Clean Coasts on this new initiative, which will see seven beach clean ups on seven Galway City beaches, each followed by wonderful talks and workshops by environmental and educational experts. Activities will include a treasure hunt, a flash mob dance, summer bird watching, talks from local experts on Biodiversity and games for all of the family.”
Ray Foley, Clean Coasts Ireland said:
“Clean Coasts are delighted to partner with Galway City Council on this positive series of events. Galway is in the enviable position of having a number of beautiful beaches right on its doorstep. These are incredible resources for nature but also for our health and wellbeing. The more people we can get to engage with these places in a positive way, the more likely they will be maintained and improved into the future. Clean Coasts already has numerous active groups throughout the city, some of whom are hosting these events. We would love to see new faces, young and old come along to these free events.’’
Seven Galway City Clean Coast groups will be taking the lead in community litter cleans ups on their beaches and environs. Beach Buds, Curiocean, Galway 2020 Wavemakers, Galway Atlantaquaria, The Eglington Hotel direct provision centre, Knocknacara Tidy Towns and Bailte Slachmara Bearna are all volunteering to keep our beaches and coast clean.
The events will start at Ballyloughane Beach on the 10th July at 11am and move Westwards along the coast, taking in Dead Man’s Beach on the 11th at 11am, Claddagh Beach on the 12th at 5pm, Grattan Beach on the 13th at 5pm, Salthill beach (Ladies' Beach) on the 14th at 5pm, Rusheen Beach(Windsurfing school) on the 15th at 5pm and Silverstrand beach on the 16th July at 5pm.
All events are subject to Covid 19 public health guidelines.