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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Beaches

Last year
# Ah here
Six-hour cleanup at north Dublin beach after sand is left strewn with beer bottles and plastic
Photos of the debris provoked anger and cricitism online this morning.
# blue flag beaches
Did your local beach get a Blue Flag this year? The 2022 list has been announced
A record-breaking number of beaches received the award this year.
# Your Say
Poll: Should dogs be banned from Blue Flag beaches during peak times in summer?
Dedicated areas for dogs on leads will be established.
All time
# North Dublin
Do Not Swim notice in place for two Dublin beaches due to high bacteria levels
The notice has been issued for Burrow Beach in Sutton and South Strand Skerries.
# exam weather
Sunny weather for the weekend ahead - with a possible high of 26 degrees on Sunday
As people travel to the water to cool down this weekend, Water Safety Ireland have asked the public to be careful.
# Beaches
Increased lifeguard services for Co Clare after busy weekend sees volunteers performing rescues
Lifeguards were not on duty last weekend at the busy Lahinch beach and there have been calls to have them working full time for the rest of June.
# Quiz
Quiz: Can you tell where these Irish beaches are?
93 Irish beaches and marinas have been awarded Blue Flags this year.
# Blue Flag
Did your local beach get a Blue Flag this year? The 2021 list has been announced
The counties with the most Blue Flags this year are Donegal and Kerry.
# Beaches
Here are the four bathing areas classified as having 'poor' quality water in Ireland
96% of beaches met EU standards last year.
# washed up
Reports of dead seals on coasts doubled in 2020, charity says
Seal Rescue Ireland received 202 reports of dead seals around Ireland last year.
# do not swim
Swimming was banned at bathing spots across Ireland for over 350 days this year
Noteworthy analysis of EPA data shows that “do not swim” notices are an all too common occurrence at beaches across the country.
# bacteria
Water notices at 15 Cork beaches after heavy rain
High levels of bacteria have been detected at some beaches in the county.
# bacteria
Swimming banned at number of beaches in Clare
Increased bacterial levels have been identified in the water following heavy rainfall.
# Coronavirus
Boris Johnson warns people ‘taking liberties’ could trigger serious infection spike
Johnson’s comments came after the Health Secretary reminded people the Government has powers to close public spaces such as beaches.
# Blue Flag
Did your local beach get a Blue Flag this year? The list has been announced
Donegal had the most Blue Flags this year.
# Beaches
Here are the five bathing areas classified as 'poor' in Ireland
95% of bathing waters met or exceeded the minimum required standard.
# big beach clean
This initiative is calling for people to clean up marine litter from Irish coasts this weekend
Events for the Big Beach Clean 2019 are happening around the country this weekend.
# Dublin
Bathing bans at the Forty Foot, Dollymount and Sandycove after another wastewater spill
The bathing ban is in place in Seapoint, Sandycove, the Forty Foot, Killiney and Whiterock until tomorrow at 6pm.
# bathing waters
Here are the five bathing areas classified as 'poor' in Ireland
The classifications are contained in the EPA Bathing Water report for 2018.
# Your Say
Poll: Should plastic bottles be banned from Irish beaches?
40% of Irish rivers, beaches and harbours were littered or heavily littered, according to a new survey.
# Dublin
Do not swim notice issued for Claremont Beach in Howth
Fingal County Council has issued a 72-hour do not swim notice due to suspected water contamination from birds.
# Yeah buoy
Did your local beach get a Blue Flag this year? Here's the full list
Kerry tops the list with the most Blue Flags.
# plastic menace
Storm Emma brings polystyrene from Holyhead marina to Greystones beaches
The polystyrene is from pontoons which broke up during gale-force winds.
# strandings
Number of whales and dolphins washing up on Irish coasts at record levels
Dr Simon Berrow from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group called the figures “unprecedented”.
# surfer safety
Australia is using drones to spot sharks before they attack
“The reason the drone is so important is sometimes we can’t see over the waves,” a surfing representative said.
# rush and loughshinny
Do not swim notice issued for two Dublin beaches due to high levels of sewage
The likely cause of the lower water quality at both locations is sewage from a wastewater treatment plant or sewer network.
# Beach For The Stars
Now you can find out where the safest, cleanest beaches are before you leave home
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week launched
# Litter
Irish beaches left covered in rubbish after thousands soaked up the sun
Broken bottles, dirty nappies, discarded shoes, towels and backpacks were left behind on a Cork beach.
# win some lose some
Three Irish beaches lose Blue Flag status while two get them for first time
Bray South Promenade got its flag back after 17 years.
# Water
Sewage, animal faeces and bacteria among the reasons these 6 Irish beaches failed a quality test
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on Ireland’s bathing waters found that 93% met minimum EU standards.
# record number
56 dolphins and whales have washed up on Irish beaches so far this year
This is the highest number at this stage of the year since records began.
# Travel
Here are the top beaches in the world for 2017
Dreaming of being on a beach? These are pretty nice.
# Beaches
'It's bird, dog, horse, cow, and people poo': Swimmers warned to stay out of the water near Melbourne
There’s a bit of a nasty surprise waiting in the water.
# Irish Water
Swimming bans in place at three popular Dublin beaches due to 'extreme rainfall'
Heavy rainfall caused an overflow of untreated water.
# suns out huns out
14 photos of Ireland's beaches looking gorgeous in the sun yesterday
# The Trouble Urine
One of the world's biggest jellyfish has been spotted in Irish waters - but don't pee on it if you get stung
“As long as we’re careful, they need not be a danger.”
# weever fish
Warning to swimmers over venomous fish that lurks beneath the sand
The fish carries and excruciating sting. A particular warning is being issued for this weekend.
# Pollution
Fingal County Council issues warning about another three beaches
The council said there was water overflow from a pump station due to heavy rainfall.
# get out of it
Swimming forbidden at four Dublin beaches due to sewage discharge
The 72-hour warning was issued yesterday.
# coast to coast
Here are 19 gorgeous Irish beaches to visit this year
Rain or shine.