*Lahinch Beach. Photograph: Martin Connolly
Public bathing restrictions at Lahinch have been lifted since early on Friday afternoon.
On the advice of the Health Service Executive (HSE), Clare County Council removed the restrictions which were in place since Tuesday. An increase in bacteria levels had been detected at the beach during a routine water sample carried out on Monday.
Excessive rainfall in recent weeks and resultant runoff from land surrounding Lahinch Bay had led to the detection of a greater concentration of bacteria levels. The HSE subsequently advised Clare County Council, as the local authority responsible for the county’s bathing water locations, to erect notices advising beach users of the potential increase in bacteria levels in the water.
Restrictions have today been lifted after further water testing indicated a reduction in bacteria levels. Lifeguards are on duty while the Blue Flag is once again flying at the beach.