Kilkee reopened to swimmers again

Kilkee reopened to swimmers again

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The bathing ban was lifted this afternoon and some people wasted no time getting in the water – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Clare County Council, on the advice of the Health Service Executive (HSE), has today lifted restrictions relating to public bathing at Kilkee beach.

Public bathing notices and red flags indicating that swimming is prohibited at Kilkee were originally put in place on Wednesday (26 July) due to the malfunction of a pumping station which has since been rectified by Irish Water.

The swimming prohibition was maintained yesterday due to the possibility of increased levels of bacteria in the bathing water following heavy rainfall over the weekend.

“On the advice of the HSE and following analysis of water samples taken on Monday, Clare Council today announced the lifting of all restrictions relating to bathing at Kilkee. Lifeguards are on duty while the Blue Flag is once again flying at the beach,” the council said.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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