Ireland Here are the best and worst beaches in Ireland to go swimming

10:50  16 may  2018
10:50  16 may  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Below is our list of the top ten beaches in Ireland , as chosen by a local in the know. Not even the Irish winter will deter people here , with cold water swimming clubs meeting many mornings to brave the icy waters. One of the best places in Ireland to go snorkelling, the coastline around Dunmore

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NEARLY THREE QUARTERS of Ireland’s bathing waters are of excellent quality, according to a new report, though some urban beaches are failing to make the grade.

The Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2017 report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found 132 of the 142 identified bathing waters (93%) meet strict EU standards. These include both coastal and inland bathing waters used by the public.

Nearly three quarters of bathing waters were classed as ‘excellent’ with 102 beaches and inland waters meeting the standard – the same number as in 2016. However, seven coastal areas failed to meet the minimum standard and are classified as poor.

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Places To Go - Beaches . This beach side community is nestled in a rocky cove, so the waves are always gentle enough for swimmers , and that laid back feeling transfers to the area’s general atmosphere too: it’s laid back and peaceful here , night and day.

No one goes here unless you have a home, boat over, or walk over from Wingaersheek at low tide. so it is pretty empty. I like this beach a lot. It's big, clean and has good water. not much in big waves, but you can swim your ass off! I'm a flea market whore. the good the bad and the WTF?!

Five of these are in the Dublin area – Sandymount and Merrion Strands, Loughshinny, Portrane and Rush South. The other two are Ballyloughane in Galway City and Clifden Co Galway.

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The report shows that these waters are all vulnerable to pollution events. Waters in and around Dublin Bay exhibit the greatest pressures from three main pollution sources - sewage discharges, contaminated surface streams and birds and other animals.

The EPA said the relevant local authorities, in conjunction with Irish Water, have plans in place to tackle the main pollution risks at these beaches with a view to improving them to at least ‘sufficient’ quality.

Trá na BhForbacha in Co Galway has improved and moved from ‘poor’ to ‘sufficient’ quality and three other beaches also showed improved performance in 2017.

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Ireland is blessed with some of the best beaches in the world, thankfully the last few summers we have been lucky enough to get the weather to go with them! And of course, never, ever swim alone it can be very, very dangerous no matter how inviting it looks, with hidden currents and undertows.

Here are some of the most beautiful and family friendly. Inch Beach . Also a fine swimming spot, it is lifeguarded during the summer. Where's your favorite beach in Ireland ? * Originally published summer 2014.

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Andy Fanning, programme manager for the EPA’s office of evidence and assessment, said the report shows urban beaches are under greater pressure than those in rural locations.

“More needs to be done to eliminate the sources of bacterial contamination that are particular to urban locations. The main issues are misconnections to surface water drains and other run off from urban environments, together with sewage discharges,” he said.

“Work is needed by local authorities, Irish Water, businesses and homeowners to ensure that contaminated wastewater is correctly collected and treated before being released into the environment.”

The EPA is asking the public to play a part in improving water quality by:

    bringing your rubbish home with you
  • picking up dog poo and disposing of it rather than burying it in the sand
  • bringing waste food back home with you rather than leaving it for the birds
  • reporting pollution using the See it – Say it app.

People are advised to check current water quality information before they head to the beach this summer. Details of any incidents at the country’s main beaches are notified to the public via the @EPABeaches Twitter account.

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Joyce himself lived here for just under a week before setting sail for the continent. This rocky outcrop sees hundreds of visitors daily, in good weather and bad , and thousands of swimmers on Christmas Day. If the going is rough, it’s only a 20-metre walk to the more protected Sandycove beach .

Beachgoers at La Concha can swim out to the island, which has its own small beach , a lighthouse, picnic tables and a bar. The second best rated beach in Europe is Elafonissi Beach in Elafonissi, Crete. Top 10 beaches in Ireland .

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