Local Youghal volunteers at the start of their Beach Clean last weekend.

It was a very cold day with a hint of dampness in the air when Youghal Clean Coast Group set out on their monthly trip to clean the beaches, starting from Front Strand and working their way out as far as Redbarn. Part of Clean Coasts Group, an initiative set up by An Taisce to encourage local people to get involved in taking care of their local beaches, the group was formed by people who love Youghal beach and are concerned about the litter left there, some of which washes in with the tide. On Saturday last they collected and filled six large Refuse sacks with plastic waste such as bottles, bottle caps, broken plastic shards, fishing materials, cans and more. They were further dismayed to find a pile of illegal dumping near beautiful Claycastle, which they moved to one of the bins.
Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Anto Dillon said "It is the Group's love of our beaches, such natural beautiful amenities for the community, that they wish to keep it as clean and safe as possible". He went on to say that they would be delighted with more help. "All are welcome" he said, "and the more the merrier. Families and children (supervised by parents) are all welcome and we have hi-vis vests, refuse sacks and gloves for anyone who wants to help out"
Well done to the group who not only care about their local beaches and safety, but are prepared to go out on a Saturday once every month to do something about it. Why not join them, at least for one trip, and see what it is all about?
Youghal Clean Coast Group have a facebook page at: www.facebook.com/youghalcleancoastsgroup if anyone would like to get involved or wish to help, or they can contact 0876754871.