Do Not Swim notice issued for Velvet Strand, Portmarnock

by Rose Barrett
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A temporary Do Not Swim prohibition notice has been issued for Velvet Strand, Portmarnock today.

Fingal County Council states this is possibly due to storm water overflow at a pumping station on Strand Road caused by heavy rainfall. The HSE have been informed and a notice has been erected at the beach.

A resample is to be taken on Wednesday next, September 14, when results are available the notice will be reviewed.

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.

Balbriggan Front Strand is also under a prohibition ‘Do Not Swim’ notice, having been advised against swimming for much of July and all of August.

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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