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Swimming ban lifted at Portmarnock earlier than expected

It was expected to remain in place until at least Monday.

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THE ‘DO NOT swim’ notice issued for Velvet Strand Beach, Portmarnock, has been lifted by Fingal County Council.

The prohibitive notice was issued for the beach on Thursday following an overflow at the Portmarnock Strand Pumping Station.

It was expected to remain in place until at least Monday, but results of water sample tests today showed the water quality is now satisfactory.


It comes after notices at six beaches in the Fingal area were lifted yesterday.

Members of the public intending to enter the water at any beach in Ireland are advised to check the water quality in advance by accessing the EPA website at or by checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach.

Read: Swimming notices lifted at six beaches after sewage concern>

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