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29 | 08 | 15

Minutes from our monthly meetings are available for download on the News Archive link below.

19 | 01 | 15

We have now uploaded our Memorandum and Articles of Association. It can be viewed on the About Us page.

06 | 10 | 14

Our fortnightly Saturday beach clean finished up for the year on Saturday 20th September when we joined in with the countrywide Clean Coast Big Beach Clean Weekend. In addition to our normal beach cleaning we carried out surveys of the items we collected both as part of the Clean Coast Big Beach Clean and also for Coast Watch Ireland as part of the European Coastwatch Survey. It was noticeable that at this time of year most of what we found were items washed up from the sea rather than left on the beach. We noticed a huge number of jellyfish which had been washed up over the previous week and we even found a dead squid.

Our clean-ups started in early April and continued every fortnight with the exception of one Saturday in August when the heavens opened and it was just too wet to work. This was actually the first time in our four years of beach cleans that we have had to cancel as we have been very lucky with the weather over the last few years.

A big thanks to all our volunteers who helped out over the summer. A special word of thanks is due to the Portmarnock Hotel who provided refreshments to the clean up team after every clean up.

We would also like to thank Fingal County Council for their support in collecting the bags of litter from the beach after each clean up and in particular we would like thank the FCC workers who did a great job over the summer doing the daily clean up particularly on one day in late May when the beach looked swamped by litter and the crews from Fingal County Council cleared it up by early the following morning.

A final thank you is due to the Garda Siochana for their efforts in ensuring there was no drinking on the beach over the summer. This not only kept the beach peaceful and safe for families but also has put an end to the huge amount of drink cans and bottles that used to be all over the dunes a few years ago.

We will starting out our clean ups again in April next year. Anyone interested in helping out even occasionaly can contact us at

09 | 06 | 14

Welcome back to the Blue Flag and a first welcome to the Green Coast Flag
Very good news that the Velvet Strand in Portmarnock beach has regained it’s Blue Flag status. It’s great to see the  Blue Flag fluttering in the wind and to make it even better it has been joined this year by the Green Coast flag. The Green Coast flag is awarded to recognise local community input, in our case the work done over the years by members of the community including the work by the beach committee on restoring the dunes and more recently the work in the fortnightly Saturday morning beach clean. Only 8 beaches in Ireland achieved the dual award so well done to all to have contributed over the years.

10 | 06 | 14
Upcoming events for your diary:

Portmarnock Village Day Saturday 14th June - Noon to 3pm
Come down and support your local village
. On the day:

  • Special offers and discounts in all businesses
  • Face painters and clowns
  • Free outdoor BBQ and pizza by the slice
  • Wine tasting
  • Treasure hunt
  • Spot  prizes for those of you who wear the Portmarnock colours (tip: wear your sports jerseys and tracksuits)

Third Annual Southern Cross Day - Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Sunday 15th June 2pm to 6pm      

Celebrating Portmarnock's amazing aviation history. This year being held in the hotel gardens, behind the Jameson Bar. So, get out those 1930's 'Glad Rags', put on your dancing shoes and come on down for a fun-filled afternoon, celebrating the wonderful music of the thirties. Live music starts at 2pm. There will be a prize for the best 1930s style outfit and the hotel will be providing barbecue food throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Portmarnock Uncovered Summer Solstice Get Together - Velvet Strand, Saturday 21st June miday

On the beach with Catherine and Betty.

02 | 04 | 14
Support Spring Clean Day on Saturday 12th April 2014

We are having our annual Spring Clean Day on
Saturday 12th April 2014 as part of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean campaign. We will be kicking off our beach clean for the year on the 12th and we are also aiming to clean up blackspots in the green areas around Portmarnock, following up on the successful clean up on 8th March.  Meet at the kiosk on the promenade at 10.00 am for the cleanup until 12. We can supply all the litter bags you need. We will also have a limited supply of gloves, litter pickers and hi-vis vests available on the day, but if you can bring your own, it would help.

If you can’t be there at 10, feel free to join us at some stage during the morning or organise a tidy up for your own area. Feel free to drop us an email at if you would like bags or to let us know afterwards about a clean up. Photos from the day for the website will also be very much appreciated.

Let’s all get out there and help make Portmarnock the tidiest community in Ireland! Feel free to download our poster and email to friends or family.

17 | 03 | 14
We would like to thank all who volunteered for our bag-packing fundraiser last weekend.

09 | 02 | 14
We have recently updated our website. If you have any suggestions on further improvements please get in touch.