As a general rule facilities at our various swimming spots are poor. They are improving, but generally you won’t find good toilets, wheelchair accessible beaches and proper changing areas.

We have tried to list the facilities available when we visited these various locations. Please note that these are likely to change. So, if we list a toilet facility in a location, don’t blame us if it has been closed or vandalised when you go there. But do let us know so we can update the site.

Lifeguards are provided by the relevant local authority in a number of popular locations during the summer months. Again these can change from year to year so please check with the local authority for up to date details – www.irlgov.ie will give you access to all the local authority websites.

Blue Flags are awarded to beaches and marinas which have good environmental standards and a certain level of facilities. These are a good indication of a decent place to swim. This is an international award which, in Ireland, is operated by An Taisce. The Blue Flags are awarded each year and are usually announced in June. Check out www.beachawards.ie or the relevant local authority for details. We have tried to add Blue Flag info to all relevant sites.

Water quality is rightly of concern to swimmers. Under the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency the water quality in 200 locations can be checked out at www.beaches.ie

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