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Efforts to improve Ballyalla Lake paying off

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Ballyalla Lake has retained its Green Flag status from An Taisce for the second year running.

This acknowledges beaches with exceptional water quality and community led plans that protect the natural environment. Fifty nine beaches across Ireland received Green Flags this year, Ballyalla Lake, Bishops Quarter (Ballyvaughan) and Seafield (Quilty) are the three from Co Clare included.

Formed following an online petition in 2010 which showed significant interest from the community of Ennis to improve the facilities of the lake, the Ballyalla Lake Blue Flag Working Group are very pleased with award.

Cllr Johnny Flynn is Chairperson of the group and paid tribute to the collaboration they have with residents, Clare County Council and the community of Ennis in attempting to upgrade the facilities. “The combined efforts have allowed Ballyalla Lake to become a venue to host events such as Charity Raft Races, Ennis Triathlon Club’s annual iTri Triathlon, An Post Rás na mBan and Clare Kayak Hire Summer Camps and Kayak rental.”

“This award justifies the call for further development in the lake area such as restoring lifeguard services, public toilet facilities, playground items, sanding areas for children and repairing the old pier to allow more leisure activities,” the Fine Gael councillor added.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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