A number of groups, campaigners and volunteers from Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal have been shortlisted for the Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards.
Six groups from across the region have been recognised for their efforts throughout the year.
The Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards pay tribute to contributions made by Clean Coasts volunteers, groups, and communities in safeguarding Irish coast lines and marine life.
Three volunteer groups from Donegal have been shortlisted for the awards across three different categories.
The North West Home Education Group were shortlisted in the Youth of the Year category. This group consists of children and young adults who are home educating and have been carrying out beach and river cleans in Inishowen.
Falcarragh Clean Coasts Group were shortlisted in the Tourism Special Recognition Award, supported by Fáilte Ireland, for the work they did to protect their local sand dunes. The group adhered to the “Protect our Dunes” campaign and created signage in collaboration with Clean Coasts and Donegal County Council.
Friends of Rossnowlagh Clean Coasts Group were nominated in the Campaigner of the Year category for their efforts in designing a new campaign to help tackle dog waste on the beach.
There was also nominations in the Campaigner of the Year and Tourism Special Recognition Award categories in Sligo. Streedagh Clean Coasts were nominated in the Tourism Special Recognition Award, due to their efforts in preserving Streedagh beach.
Two bloggers, known as “Our Crossings” on social media, were shortlisted in the Campaigner of the Year category, for their efforts promoting the #2MinuteBeachClean campaign across various platforms.
Another social media influencer, Martina Healy, who is known as Leitrim’s Litter Picker, was also nominated for Campaigner of the Year for contributing to the same campaign.
The winners will be announced on December 7th.