Maharees Conservation Association

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    Christmas Cards
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  • Introductory Video

  • Chestnut Fencing

    Chestnut Fencing
    Chestnut Fencing has helped the Dune system to recover by controlling access and reducing wind speed across the open dune face
  • Beach Clean Ups.

    Beach Clean Ups.
    Beach Clean ups are a key MCA activity in the desperate battle against plastic
  • Maharees Heritage Trail

    Maharees Heritage Trail
    We raised money towards these fabulous Heritage Trail signs - thanks for all the donations
  • Before and After Shots

    Before and After Shots

Aerial overview of Erosion on Maharees

The video taken in 2016 clearly shows the extent of the damage to the Sand Dunes and the impact of uncontrolled access.

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Announcements and Meetings

Spillanes Carpark

  • Date : 02/06/18
  • Time : 1130
  • Location : Spillanes Carpark

What can you do to help?

  1. Get involved in our activities - Marram Grass planting, Fencing and Beach Clean ups.
  2. Use designated access points to the beach to minimise impact on the dunes.
  3. Help raise awareness of the situation on the Maharees and Ireland's fragile dune Ecosystems
  4. Donate on our website to help us fund our activities and projects

Welcome to the Maharees Conservation and Coastal Protection Website

Enhancing, Protecting and Preserving the unique coastline of the Maharees

The Maharees is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. A natural tombolo, and special area of conservation, boasting one of the longest sandy beaches in Ireland on Brandon Bay; it is an engine of tourism for the north side of the Dingle Peninsula, providing employment, recreation and revenue and acting as a tourist draw for Castlegregory and its environs.

Dune systems shift naturally. However recent patterns, particularly during and after extreme weather conditions, have gone far beyond the traditional ebb and flow of the dunes and are threatening the delicate ecosystem and causing major concern to the inhabitants of the Maharees.

There is only one access road in and out of the community, and in the three months leading up to February 2016, Kerry County Council has had to clear sand from the same stretch of road at least twelve times. The repeated blockage of the road poses a health and safety hazard as it could impede access for emergency vehicles and medical assistance. There are also associated economic risks as residents and visitors are hindered from attending work or bringing business to the area.

The plan

The Maharees Conservation Association was formed to address the adverse impact of Coastal Erosion by raising awareness and putting in place practical measures and a comprehensive management plan to ensure the future of the coastline for all to enjoy.

Rock armour placed along one section of Brandon Bay in the 1980s has proven very successful in protecting and regenerating part of a highly degraded dune system. We are seeking a long-term solution to the problem of coastal erosion from our local and national representatives.

Help us by:

Next Meeting or Event

  • Date : 02/06/18
  • Time : 1130
  • Location : Spillanes Carpark
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Action By Members