Pollution warning issued for beaches in seven counties due to heavy rainfall
It won't be a weekend for swimming.
Earlier on Thursday, Met Éireann issued a nationwide status yellow rainfall warning, as heavy downpours could cause spot flooding in some areas.
The warning is set to be in effect from 7pm on Thursday evening until 7am on Friday.
But flooding isn't the only risk associated with the bad weather. Restrictions have been issued for many beaches across Ireland, including some of Ireland's most popular bathing spots.
The warning, which applies to over 20 beaches, warns that "bathing water quality may be affected" as a result of tonight's rain - "Risk of deterioration in water quality due to expected heavy rainfall."
The swim warnings will remain in place for the next four days, and currently affect beaches in seven counties.
Below is a list of the beaches affect.
- Lahinch, Clare
- White Strand, Doonbeg, Clare
- Kilkee, Clare
- Spanish Point, Clare
- White Strand, Miltown Malbay, Clare
- Portmarnock, Velvet Strand Beach, Dublin
- Lady's Bay, Buncrana, Donegal
- Coolmaine, Cork
- Trá na bhForbacha, Na Forbacha, Galway
- Clifden Beach, Galway
- An Trá Mór, Coill Rua, Indreabhán, Galway
- Downings, Donegal
- Fintra, Donegal
- Bundoran, Donegal
- Ballybunnion South, Kerry
- Ballybunnion North, Kerry
- Fenit, Kerry
- Kells, Kerry
- Fionntrá (Ventry), Kerry
- Trá na hUíne (Inny Strand, Waterville), Kerry
- Baile an Sceilg (Ballinskelligs), Kerry
- Ballyloughane Beach, Galway
- Grattan Road Beach, Galway
- Lilliput, Lough Ennell, Westmeath
- Portrane, the Brook Beach, Dublin
You can keep up to date with warnings issued for Irish beaches here.