Garretstown Beach. Pic: Google

THE two West Cork beaches that were closed to bathing last week due to high levels of the bacteria E.coli found in the water have today shown a marked improvement in water quality following pollution tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).



The beaches at Garretstown, Kinsale and Coolmaine, Kilbrittain were among seven in County Cork that were closed to bathing last Friday when the levels of the bacteria recorded breached EU safety guidelines.


The high levels of E.coli in the water were thought to be a result of the very heavy rain experienced this summer causing higher than normal run-off from farmland into the sea.



Coolmain Beach – Kilbrittain. Pic: Google

Cork County Mayor, Cllr Barbara Murray who represents Youghal in East Cork where four beaches were affected told 96fm she was looking forward to going for a swim now that the tests have shown an improvement.



“It’s the best news I’ve had all week; I’ve never been in any doubt that the result would have been a huge change because the weather conditions have changed as well,” she said.


The HSE is expected to remove the ban on swimming  following consultation with the EPA.