The last of the summer weather is here and it looks like a perfect time to head to the beach. However, the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, have warnings in place prohibiting swimming on four or Ireland's beaches.
Bathers are advised to stay away due to deterioration of the water quality at the bathing areas.
The four beaches are:
- Grattan Road Beach, Galway City Council
- Ballyloughane Beach, Galway City Council
- Sandymount Strand, Dublin City Council
- Greystones South, Wicklow County Council
The warnings states that the quality has deteriorated due to "contamination of urban surface waters discharging into bathing water".
Permanent bathing restrictions are also in place for the entire season at the following locations:
- Youghal Front Strand Beach, Cork County Council
- Duncannon, Wexford County Council
- Loughshinny Beach, Fingal County Council
- Rush, South Beach, Fingal County Council
Splash is the national bathing water information website for identified bathing waters around Ireland. You can check out the latest bathing water quality, if there are any current incident warnings or notifications and more information about your favourite beach.
The bathing water monitoring results and information available from Splash are provided by 18 local authorities. Your local authority should be contacted if you have any queries about the information in Splash.