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Swimming ban issued for Ballyalla Lake due to thunder storms

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*Ballyalla Lake. Photograph: Michael O’Brien

A do not swim notice has been issued for Ballyalla Lake with Monday’s thunder storms causing an increase in bacteria at the location on the outskirts of Ennis.

Elevated bacterial levels have been recorded at the location which has seen an increase in visitors during public health restrictions in the midst of COVID-19.

Clare County Council has placed a temporary prohibition on swimming at the location on the advice of the HSE. “The situation is being monitored regularly,” a spokeswoman for the local authority confirmed.

When bacterial levels recede to acceptable levels, the ban will be removed. “The elevated bacterial levels are as result of the extreme thunder showers which took place on Monday evening last,” the spokeswoman outlined.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and 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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