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Two Cork beaches expected to reopen today

Tragumna and Kilcrohane beaches in Cork were closed to swimmers after the water tested positive for high levels of enteroccocus.

Tragumna Beach
Tragumna Beach
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A SPOKESPERSON FOR Cork County Council has said that the authority is “fairly confident” that two beaches that were closed to swimmers will be reopened today.

Tragumna beach, near Skibbereen, and Kilcrohane, on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, were both closed last week when higher than normal levels of enterococcus were found in the bathing water at the beaches.

Notices were erected at the beaches prohibiting swimming after the tests last Thursday.

However, a spokesperson for Cork County Council said that the beaches were retested on Monday and the council are hopeful of getting the all clear later today.

“The increase in bacteria was caused by the wet weather creating more run off from the lands around the beach. As soon as we got the initial results, we put up prohibition notices at the beaches.

“We’re fairly confident that the notices can come down and the beaches can be reopened when we get the results of Monday’s retest back, which will hopefully be today.”

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