Update: Bathing restrictions at Whitestrand lifted

Update: Bathing restrictions at Whitestrand lifted


Update: Bathing restrictions now lifted

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

The beach at Whitestrand near Doonbeg – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018


May 23rd: Clare County Council, on the advice of the Health Service Executive (HSE), has announced that due to elevated levels of bacteria (e-coli) in the bathing water arising from heavy rainfall on Sunday night and Monday morning, swimming is prohibited at Whitestrand Doonbeg.

Public bathing notices indicating that swimming is prohibited are being put in place.  Clare County Council is carrying out an investigation into the cause of the pollution.

Clare County Council is hopeful that the restrictions could be lifted for the weekend pending that water test results from today and tomorrow are deemed by the HSE to be within bathing water quality limits.

None of Clare’s other designated bathing waters are affected.

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.