Velvet Strand Portmarnock now also issued with swimming prohibition notice

by Rose Barrett
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Another temporary ‘Do Not Swim’ prohibition notice has been issued in Fingal, this time for the Velvet Strand Portmarnock.

Open sea swimmers will be disappointed to learn that the popular local and tourist amenity in Portmarnock joins Balbriggan Front Strand which is also recommended against swimming.

Fingal County Council extended the notice on Thursday, July 28 and advised that the temporary notice issued on Tuesday last has been re-issued, advising swimmers and beach users to desist from entering the water over the holiday weekend.

A second temporary order was issued by FCC on Thursday last, so two popular swimming spots are now out of bounds to open sea swimmers for the bank holiday weekend

Fingal County Council advises that a temporary Do Not Swim prohibition notice has been issued for Velvet Strand for 6 days (commenced Saturday, July 30).

The notice is due to a likely deterioration in water quality due to an electrical fault and power outage at the Wastewater Pumping Station.

Power has been restored and a resample will be arranged and the Prohibition notice will be reviewed when results are received.

Velvet Strand remains open but beach users are asked to respect the ‘Do Not Swim’ notice as it has been put in place to ensure that the health of bathers is not compromised.

Members of the public can check for water quality at any of the monitored bathing waters in Ireland in advance by accessing the EPA website at or by checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach. 
To view  an explanation of the standards used for reporting results of bathing water please go to


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