Good and bad news for the Velvet Strand

by Rose Barrett
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Cllr Joan Hopkins (Baldoyle) welcomes the opening of disability accessible facilities on Portmarnock Beach.

“I’m delighted we finally have accessible toilets at Portmarnock Beach. I requested these a while back while we wait for refurbishment. They were not in great condition when I visited recently so I reported to FCC Operation Department.

“We need and deserve permanent fully accessible beach toilets so that everyone can enjoy our beautiful strand. “

I’ll keep the pressure on. #VelvetStrand #Portmarnock #AccessForAll.”

Meanwhile, water quality testing resulted in a Prohibition Notice being issued at the popular Velvet Strand in Portmarnock. A prohibition (Do not swim) notice was issued Sunday afternoon for The Velvet Strand, Portmarnock, due to stormwater overflow at adjacent pumping station overnight following heavy rainfall.

Another water quality sample will be taken this week – so please, check and respect the signs in place at the beach. This is simply to ensure the health and safety of swimmers is not compromised.

For further information on beaches and bathing water see  For details on Lifeguards go to  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. 

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