Garretstown Beach has been closed as a precaution. Pic: Google

TWO beaches in West Cork are among seven in the county that have been temporarily closed to bathing due to concerns over high levels of the E.coli bacteria in the water.

The beaches at Garretstown near Kinsale and Coolmaine near Kilbrittain have been closed as a precautionary measure by Cork County Council as the levels of the bacteria recorded are above EU guidelines.

The HSE and the Environmental Protection Agency have been informed and the beaches will be sampled again on Monday in the hope that the levels will have reduced to within the safety guidelines.

Five other beaches in Cork have been closed for the same reason, Redbarn, Front Strand and Claycastle in Youghal, Garryvoe and Oysterhaven.

Certain strains of E.coli can cause serious food poisoning in humans.