Donabate resident, Olive Gilsenan decided she wanted to make a difference in her community, especially focusing on the beach. As a regular beach user who grew up next to Donabate Balcarrick Beach, Olive had seen the evidence of marine litter along the coastline and took the opportunity to do something about it.
She heard about Clean Coasts, an initiative that engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce.
After getting in touch with Clean Coasts Programmes and registering as a Clean Coasts Group, the group’s first beach clean-up was planned with the aim to create a tangible and immediate improvement on areas coastal environment. Almost 30 volunteers attended the beach clean-up ranging in background and age, many had seen details of the clean-up on social media, whilst other had read the posters on the County Council beach information boards.
Over 60 bags of marine litter, ranging from fishing ropes, to socks and shoes were removed, the bulk of which were plastic single use items. The Council collected the bagged litter immediately after the beach clean. The Portrane and Donabate Clean Coasts Group are welcoming all volunteers to join them and they will meet once a month. All beach cleaning equipment will be provided and anybody interested can find out more on 01-4002002.