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Galway Beach Swim Ban

30th May 2019
The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by a prohibition placed by Galway City Council. The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by a prohibition placed by Galway City Council.

High levels of bacteria detected in inner Galway Bay have resulted in swimming restrictions being imposed on four Galway city beaches writes Lorna Siggins.

The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by a prohibition placed by Galway City Council.

It has also advised against swimming at Grattan beach in lower Salthill.

Very high levels of an intestinal enterococci bacteria were detected during routine testing and the bacteria may cause illness.

Galway City Council says it is investigating the cause, and the prohibition is in place “until further notice”.

It says that further testing is taking place, but it may be Saturday (June 1) before results are available.

Published in Galway Harbour, Sea Swim
Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004) on Irish helicopter search and rescue; and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010).

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