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Thursday 19 September 2019

Temporary swim ban at Duncannon beach

David Looby

A temporary 'No Swimming' notice has been issued for Duncannon beach.

Recent tests conducted as part of Wexford County Council's routine bathing water sampling programme showed slightly elevated levels of microbiological contamination at Duncannon beach.

Following consultation with the HSE, the council has decided to temporarily prohibit swimming at the popular beach in the interest of public health. Further water quality samples were taken on Monday morning and the results of these tests are expected by tomorrow (Wednesday), at which time the swimming prohibition notice will be reviewed. In the meantime, Wexford County Council has taken the precaution to prohibit swimming at the beach, with 'No Swimming' notices erected on site.

Council spokesperson David Minogue said: 'Water quality results for 18 other Wexford beaches have been excellent throughout 2019. There is no obvious cause for these recent poor bathing water quality results, though recent spells of heavy rain may have been a contributing factor. The council's technical staff are currently investigating the matter.'

Wexford County Council appeals to people visiting Duncannon Beach to abide by the 'No Swimming' ban until it has been removed. Regular updates will be issued through local media, on social media and on the council's website.

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