Nearly three-quarters of Ireland’s bathing waters are of excellent quality, according to the latest EPA report, but seven beaches have failed to meet minimum standards for water quality.
Two of the beaches labelled as “poor” by the Environmental Protection Agency are in Galway – Clifden beach and Ballyloughane in Galway City.
The other 5 beaches that failed to meet minimum water quality standards are in Dublin.
Of the 15 Mayo beaches inspected, 14 are of excellent water quality, while Old Head beach in Louisburg is described as “good”.
The EPA report says bathing waters in Co Mayo continue to be of a very high quality, with few pollution sources identified.
The Mayo beaches described as “excellent” are -
Bertra Beach, Murrisk ; Carrowmore Beach, Louisburgh; Carrowniskey, Louisburgh; Clare Island; Dooega Beach, Dugort, Golden Strand, Keel and Keem beaches on Achill Island; Elly Bay, Belmullet;
Mullaghroe Beach, Belmullet ; Mulranny; Rinroe beach Carrowtigue, and Ross Beach Killala – all described as excellent while Old Head Beach, Louisburgh is described as Good.