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Swim ban lifted at Lahinch

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Bathing restrictions at Lahinch have been lifted.

A four day swim ban arose due to an increase in bacteria levels detected in the water. This was caused by excessive rainfall leading to runoff from Inagh River entering Liscannor Bay at the northern end of Lahinch Beach. It was the second swim ban implemented at Lahinch in the space of a fortnight.

On Sunday afternoon, Clare County Council on the advice of the HSE lifted the restrictions following water testing which indicated “a significant reduction in bacteria levels”. The Blue Flag is flying at the beach, once again.

Former Labour Senator, John Whelan pointed out over the weekend. “There are dozens of fantastic beaches on our Atlantic seaboard, but it’s a shame that two of the most popular in Lahinch and Bundoran are closed to the public on the final weekend of the summer holidays due to water quality concerns”.

Fianna Fáil General Election candidate, Rita McInerney outlined. “Investment in infrastructure is needed to safeguard the health and livelihoods of the people of Lahinch”.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ,, A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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