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June 2019

Outdoor Swimming Ireland needs a new owner!

after 10 years developing this site I have run out of time and energy. this was a voluntary labour of love and it would be great if there was somebody out there prepared to take the site on and develop it.

The only costs involved are approx €120.00 to pay for the use of the site name.

if youre interested at all please contact me at feedback@outdoorswimming.ie


9th June 2018 Beaches Closed

Temporary swimming bans are in place at Dollymount, Merrion and Sandymount beaches in Dublin and at Spiddal beach in Galway. Check locally for updates.


June 2018 Blue Flag Report

The latest Blue Flag awards shows 90 swimming locations gaining the coveted Blue Flag status, the highest ever for the country. All beaches who got the award last year retained their blue flag.

Two beaches, Carne in Wexford and Ardmore in Waterford, are new to the list for this year. Congratulations to them and all the other successful locations who met the strict standards set by An Taisce.


May 2018 EPA Report on Swimming Quality

The EPA report on the quality of swimming waters along Ireland’s coast in 2017 shows that we continue to have very good waters to swimin.

70% of the beaches surveyed were found to have ‘excellent’ swimming water and 93% met strict EU standards.

Problems persist in some urban areas, especially Dublin city and county, where the beaches and water in Merrion Strand,Sandymount Strand,Loughshinny,Rush and Portrane were found not to be up to standard.

Clifden and Ballyloughane in Galway were also found to be below standard.

For further details see beaches.ie


June 2017 Blue Flag Awards

The number of sites receiving the award is up 3 on 2016, whilst 3 of the beaches awarded in 2016 did not retain Blue Flag status, the Blue Flag will be raised for the first time at both Portumna in County Galway and at Greencastle Marina in County Donegal. Bray South Promenade regains Blue Flag status, having not flown the Flag since 2000. Redbarn and Garretstown in Cork and Ross in County Mayo regained Blue Flag status lost in 2016.

An Taisce Β– The National Trust for Ireland is responsible for the operation of the Blue Flag programme in Ireland on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE).

The Blue Flag requires applicants to achieve an annual classification of Β‘ExcellentΒ’, the highest rating achievable under current bathing water legislation. The following beaches did not retain Blue Flag status for the 2017 as a result of the annual bathing water classification being downgraded from Excellent to Good status based on samples taken over the previous 4 bathing seasons:

Lisfannon in Donegal,

Killiney in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Balcarrick, Donabate in Fingal.


May 2017

Check out the latest report on bathing water quality conducted by the EPA.see beaches.ie for all the details.

The good news is that 73% of bathing waters surveyed had ‘excellent’ water quality. Just 6 locations – in Dublin and Galway – failed to make the cut and were found to have poor water quality.


July 1015

What do you think of their list? Irish Times


April 2015

Check out the EPA’s 2014 report on bathing water quality which has just been published. 75% of our waters are described as ‘excellent’ 11% described as good. 7 locations were identified as being of ‘poor’ quality and these are identified in the report.

Remember though that this is a 2014 report so things might have improved, or disimproved, since then.


August 2014

A good week swimming on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran islands. Lots of nice places to swim, with the Worm Hole particularly special.


July 2014

Nice new locations added in Bunclody, Co. Wexford and Lahinch, Kilkee and Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare.


June 2014 Blue Flag Awards

The 2014 blue flag awards have just been announced,with 80 flags awarded to beaches and marinas. This is a great achievement considering the damage done to coastal locations during the winter storms.

Check out beaches.ie for all the details


May 2014

The good news from the latest Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) report on bathing water is that 97% of locations tested, thats 131 out of 135, had what is called ‘ sufficient’ water quality. that’s a big improvement on the 2012 results.

Check out the very useful beaches.ie which gives you info on each location


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