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Thursday 28 September 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Lough Neagh

27th September 2023
The Explainer: Lough Neagh has been hit by an algal bloom disaster - what’s happening?
The algae has left wildlife dead and led to questions over the safety of drinking water at Lough Neagh. Shauna Corr, environment correspondent and columnist with news outlets including The Irish Mirror and Belfast Live joins us to look at the history of the lake, the real-life impacts of the algal bloom, and what the local response has been.
This week
24th September 2023 - 28th September 2023
Lough Neagh sand being used at GAA grounds across the country
A report by
Thomas Greene
Sand extraction activity is thought to be contributing to the algae problems of the lough.
Sand extracted from the lough is sold in a number of Irish retail stores and is used on pitches in sports grounds across the country, The Journal has learned.
Sand extraction is thought to be contributing to the extensive blue-green algal growths which have made headlines in recent weeks.
Thomas Greene reports from Northern Ireland.
Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
Ryan says water quality 'not something we can concede on' pointing to Lough Neagh algae example
Lough Neagh has made headlines recently due to the resurgence of toxic algal blooms.
This month
September 2023
Michelle O'Neill calls for public ownership of Lough Neagh amid outcry over toxic algal blooms
Lough Neagh provides 40% of Northern Ireland’s drinking water.
All time
Tyrone fisherman finds skull and antlers of extinct 'Great Irish Elk'
The skull and antlers became entangled in Raymond McElroy’s fishing net on Wednesday.
Man rescued after car he was driving entered Lough Neagh
The man’s car was found to have entered the water just after midnight last night.
Man charged with murder of 61-year-old woman
The body of Pauline Carmichael was found on Wednesday.