Co Clare beaches re-open after E. coli scare

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THREE beaches in County Clare which are popular with bathers from Limerick re-opened for swimming yesterday after being temporarily closed following an E. coli scare.

THREE beaches in County Clare which are popular with bathers from Limerick re-opened for swimming yesterday after being temporarily closed following an E. coli scare.

Lahinch, Kilkee and Spanish Point beaches were closed to swimmers on Friday evening after the results of routine tests on water samples at the three beaches showed elevated levels of bacteria.

Further samples were taken and the preliminary results showed a dramatic reduction of levels of bacteria in the water.

Clare County Council and the HSE said an improvement in weather conditions over the weekend was the main contributory factor to the positive results.

As a result, the swimming ban was lifted at all tree beaches yesterday.

“On the advice of the HSE and following analysis of water samples, the Council is delighted to be able to announce the lifting of all restrictions relating to bathing at Lahinch, Kilkee and Spanish Point,” said Anne Haugh, Director of Services, at Clare County Council.

Public notices indicating that swimming and surfing at the three locations were removed on yesterday morning while the Blue Flag at Lahinch and Kilkee beaches were restored having been temporarily withdrawn on Friday evening.

Lifeguards at each of the three bathing areas were also instructed to remove all red flags which had indicated that bathing was prohibited.

Liam Griffin, Water Safety Officer, Clare County Council added: “Clare County Council would like to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation over the past 24 hours.”

Clare County Council also acknowledged the role played by the local and national media in promoting the public health notices.