Beach users warned to leave the booze at home
SUN-worshippers have been warned not to bring alcohol to the beach and to clear their rubbish after a council spent six hours removing litter strewn across one popular strand.
Eight council officials filled four truckloads of litter at Portmarnock beach in north Dublin after a mass exodus of people to the coast at the weekend.
The vast majority of the debris were cans, bottles, boxes and other alcohol-related rubbish.
Fingal County Council said it usually takes officials four hours to clean all the beaches in the Howth/ Malahide area after a busy summer day.
A Fingal County Council spokeswoman urged people not to bring alcohol to the beach and said drinking was forbidden under Fingal County bye-laws.
"Our beaches are for everyone to respect and enjoy," she said.
"Drinking on beaches is forbidden under Fingal County Council beach bye-laws and the behaviour of beach visitors who ignore the bye-laws and drink to excess makes it a very unpleasant and sometimes threatening experience for other people, especially families, to visit the beach.
"Anyone visiting Fingal beaches, especially at this busy time, is requested not to bring alcohol to the beach, to respect other people using the beach and to take their litter with them when they leave."
The council said gardai had been confiscating large quantities of drink from some Fingal beaches.
Gardai said four people were arrested on Saturday evening over an incident at Wendell Avenue in Portmarnock, but there were no reports of problems on the beach area.
Dublin City Council and Galway and Clare County Councils said they had not received any reports of excessive littering on any of their beaches or parks.
Meanwhile, temperatures are due to gradually fall this week, culminating in a cool bank holiday weekend.
The good news is that it's going to stay relatively dry.
Met Eireann said that while temperatures reached as high as 24C in some parts of the country yesterday, they would fall back to the high teens today.
By tomorrow, coastal areas will see the mercury drop to the mid-teens as a weather system works its way up the country, bringing downpours to the north coast.
But forecaster Eoin Sherlock said that while we may need to fish out the jumpers for the holiday weekend, the umbrellas can be left in the cupboard.
"There'll be a lot of dry weather, a lot more cloud about," he said.
"It doesn't look like it's going to be wet."