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Cork beaches remain closed as technical difficulty delays E.coli test results

Water quality concerns sparked seven beach closures in Co Cork last week.

Garryvoe beach in Co Cork.
Garryvoe beach in Co Cork.
Image: Gavinsblog via Creative Commons

SEVEN CORK BEACHES remain closed today following the detection of E.coli contamination in the area after heavy rainfall last week.

The beaches are: Redbarn, the Front Strand and Claycastle in Youghal; Garreststown near Kinsale; Garryvoe near Castlemartyr; Coolmaine near Kilbrittain; and Oysterhaven. Three of the beaches have Blue Flags, an international award recognising the high sanitation, safety and environmental standards of the beach.

Cork County Council has suggested that it could be possible to reopen the beaches on Thursday, but a spokesperson said this morning that a “technical difficulty” has delayed the results of tests taken on Monday until tomorrow morning. Further details on the situation will be made available then.

The council issued a public notice warning people about the water quality issue following tests on 14 August which showed E.coli levels exceeding EU limits. The HSE and the Environmental Protection Agency have been consulted on the situation.

The beaches remain closed until further notice.

Earlier: Further tests due on waters from Cork E.coli beaches >

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