CLEAN COASTS BALLYNAMONA AT A GLANCE
The multi-award winning Clean Coasts Ballynamona was founded in 2015. Since then it has grown from strength to strength and has amassed more than 250 volunteers. The group cleans and maintains 40kms of coastline in Cork - This is almost 1.5% of the total Irish coastline
New volunteers are always welcome on our regular beach cleans. We welcome everyone of all ages and abilities, although, very young children should be adequately supervised by a parent/guardian.
We also give talks and conduct one off and regular beach cleans with local business and industry, such as the Midleton Distillery (Irish Distillers. -Pernod Ricard), PepsiCo, ESB, Foróige, and many more.
Making A Difference
"I find myself trotting down to the quay or the beach nearly every day to fill my lungs with the delicious saltiness of it all."
Our regular 275 volunteers are from many professional backgrounds; Doctors, Dentists, Gardaí, Teachers, Lecturers, CEO’s, Farmers, Engineers, Business Owners, Politicians, Food Enthusiasts, Consultants, Financial Advisors and many more.
Since our inception in 2015, and in addition to our 275 regular volunteers, we have brought in excess of 800 school students beach cleaning with us. Our partnership with St. Colman’s Community College has seen them crowned Ocean Hero School of the Year in 2018 for a fourth consecutive year beating the other two top finalists Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock Co. Dublin, and St. Michael’s College, Ailsbury Road, Dublin 4. We also brought 120 students from Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, Carraig na bhFear with us in 2018. We are currently engaged on a project to bring primary students from 22 local primary schools, (St. John the Baptist, C.B.S., Ballycotton, Shanagarry etc...) out on beach cleaning expeditions. On the back of this work as well as our other activities, Clean Coasts Ballynamona was awarded the County Mayors’ Overall Community Award by Cork County Council for 2019.