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‘No swimming’ notice issued for beaches in Howth and Rush

Fingal County Council has issued a “no swimming” warning for two beaches in Howth and Rush.

Claremont Beach and Rush North have been found to have elevated levels of bacteria, leading to the notice being issued. In both cases, the bacteria are believed to have come from animals and birds.




Both areas are being resampled and results are expected on Thursday, May 30. It is hoped that both water bodies can reopen before the bathing season which starts on June 1.

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In a social media post, Fingal County Council said: “Following a result of ‘elevated bacteria’ confirmed today in a pre-season bathing water sample at Claremont Beach, the EPA has advised Fingal County Council to issue a ban to issue ‘No swimming’. It is believed that the likely cause of this increased bacteria comes from animals/birds.

“The bathing area has been re-sampled and the re-sampling results are expected to be available on May 30, 2024 when the ban will be reviewed. Please note that this is a pre-season sampling and the bathing season starts on June 1. “

In a separate notice they said: “The EPA has advised Fingal County Council to issue a temporary advisory to Rush North following today’s confirmation that elevated bacteria have been detected in a sample collected on 22 May 2024. Fingal County Council is currently investigating the source of the pollution, with the most likely source being animals/birds.

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