We’re lucky in Ireland to have some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. The EPA 2018 Bathing Water Report shows there have been improvements in our bathing waters.
94% of bathing waters are meeting at least their minimum criteria for bathing water quality. Over 100 of these are Excellent, over 20 good and 12 are sufficient.
There are still unfortunately 5 poor bathing waters. Although this is an improvement from 7 poor bathing waters in 2017 further action is needed by the local authorities to improve bathing water quality at these beaches.
Three bathing waters were classified for the first time in 2018. These are Dooey and Magheraroarty in Donegal and Seafield Quilty in Clare, and all were excellent.
Three new bathing waters were included by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. These are the Forty Foot, Sandycove and White Rock Bay.
If you’re visiting a beach, Beaches.ie will show you the best beaches close to you, and has information on water quality, weather, tides and accessibility. When you’re there make sure you do your part – take home your rubbish, pick up dog poo and report any pollution.
You can read the full report on 2018 bathing water quality at the link below.