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Swimmers welcome Bull Island showers


Kite Surfers on Bull Island

Kite Surfers on Bull Island

Kite Surfers on Bull Island

MORE showers are forecast for Bull Island – but these will definitely be of the welcome kind.

Swimmers will be able to wash off the salt water with newly installed showers at the historic island in Dublin Bay.

North Bull Island, as it is officially known, runs for five kilometres and is a popular bathing location.

Never before though have there been showers for bathers to use on Dollymount Strand, the beach running the length of the island.

Dublin City Councillor Gerry Breen welcomed the move.

"I felt that many swimmers would appreciate even a cold shower to get rid of the salt water residues," the Fine Gael councillor said.

He told the Herald that there will initially be two shower locations – one near the Bull Wall and one by the causeway, near Raheny.

These open air showers will not require major water works in the area and will have solar panels to heat water.

Mr Breen said that these showers were "necessary" and the first steps in the council's "significant plans" to promote the wildlife reserve.

Bull Island is home to a large range of wildlife and was designated as a national nature reserve in 1988. It is also listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve.

"I am pushing for toilet facilities," Mr Breen added, "though they will have to be in line with nature reserve conditions."

Dollymount Strand is lifeguarded during the bathing season but did not apply for Blue Flag status for 2013.