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Friday 20 July 2018

Sun worshippers continue to abuse popular tourist spot

Just some of the rubbish collected at last Sunday’s volunteer clean up of Brittas Bay beach
Just some of the rubbish collected at last Sunday’s volunteer clean up of Brittas Bay beach

Beach goers continue to leave Brittas Bay strewn with rubbish, plastic and other items as sun worshippers flock to the area to enjoy the heatwave.

Each evening members of Brittas Bay Coast Care and local volunteers head down to the beach to clean up what others have left behind.

Sinead Keane of Brittas Bay Coast Care has been encouraged by the response of the local community but has been shocked at the levels of rubbish and litter left scattered across the beach every day during the summer.

'We are finding beer bottles, plastic wrappers, nappies, baby wipes, plastic water bottles and crisp packets,' she said.

'Brittas Bay Beach has a special place in the childhood memories of generations of Irish beach goers. It is our hope as a community group that it continues to be held close to the heart of all its visitors, and that peoples experiences are not marred by the blight of beach litter.'

Last Sunday, the group organised a beach sweep which was attended by over 20 volunteers. While Sinead and Brittas Bay Coast Care were delighted with the response, they wish the people actually causing the mess would take some sort of personal responsibility.

'It just seems people have gotten very lax. People seem to be coming down with the attitude that they don't have to clean up. People need to take individual responsibility. So much of this sort of rubbish ends up being swept out to sea and causing untold environmental damage. It's also a terrible eyesore for anyone visiting the beach,' said Sinead.

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