Warning issued to avoid popular Irish beaches

Irish beachgoers looking to revel in the current heatwave have been advised to avoid three of the country’s beaches.

Warning issued to avoid popular Irish beaches.

With temperatures at an all-time high this week, it can be tempting to pack up and head off to the beach for a dip, but a new warning issued to Irish beachgoers urges people to avoid specific locations across the country.

Swimmers are advised to exercise caution this week as high temperatures have made swimming in the cold Irish waters more appealing. Recent reports have flagged safety concerns at some of Ireland’s most popular beaches in Dublin, Donegal, and Galway.

This recent information is essential for swimmers to stay safe and informed when cooling down in the sea over the next few days.

Here’s what you need to know.

Warning issued to avoid popular Irish beaches.
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Beach enthusiasts are gearing up for the continued heatwave that has hit Ireland, and many are planning their beach getaways. Yet, swimmers have been warned that popular beaches in Dublin, Galway, and Donegal should be avoided.

In a recently published report on water quality, the Environmental Protection Agency assessed the safety of Ireland’s lakes and beaches. While the report rated 79% of Irish bathing sites as “excellent”, three beaches have been flagged as unsafe.

Beaches.ie gives up-to-date information to Irish beachgoers. The website has advised visitors to avoid swimming at Front Strand (Balbriggan, County Dublin), Lady’s Bay (Buncrana, County Donegal), and Tra na mBan (An Spidéal, County Galway).

With swimming season well underway for Ireland, it is advised that those planning to swim in the sea must check the latest water quality information on the local sites provided by Beaches.ie.

Swimmers urged to stay up to date with heavy rain-related warnings.
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In light of Met Eireann’s rain forecast, due to return over the weekend and intermittently throughout the month, beachgoers are reminded that heavy rainfall can also affect bathing conditions and water quality.

Wastewater overflows and run-off from agricultural lands can contribute to deteriorating water quality and cause serious safety concerns.

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So, checking the latest updates at your local beach before entering the water following significant rainfall is advisable. The recent findings come as a cautionary reminder that staying up to date with water conditions is essential for staying safe in Irish waters.

The Wexford County Council previously advised against swimming at the popular spot of Curracloe Beach when elevated levels of bacteria were detected during testing, which prompted concerns about bathing water quality.

Rain levels across the country are set to become more average for this season between Monday, 3 July and Sunday, 9 July.

More information about the safety of Ireland’s beaches can be found here.

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