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Prior Warning Notice Velvet Strand Portmarnock

Miscellaneous Alert, Aug. 18th 2023
Prior Warning Notice issued for Velvet Strand Portmarnock for 5 days due possibility of an increase in the levels of bacteria due to yellow rainfall warning

Prior Warning Notice issued for Velvet Strand Portmarnock.

Please be advised that a Prior Warning Notice has been issued for 5 days for Velvet Strand Portmarnock. Bathers are advised of the possibility of an increase in the levels of bacteria in the bathing water due to the forecast of heavy rainfall.  

Met Éireann issued a yellow rainfall warning for Dublin yesterday (Thursday 17/08/23) at 15:09 for the following period 5pm Friday 18/08/2023 to 6am Saturday 19/08/2023.

There is the potential risk of deterioration of bathing water quality in such events. As per our Bathing Water Protocol, the HSE were consulted following this Alert regarding the issue of a Prior Warning for Velvet Strand, Portmarnock.

This has been agreed and a notice has been prepared for this beach (see attached).

A re-sample of the bathing water at this beach has been arranged and details are on the notice.

Please see advice on the 48 hour rule with regard to swimming

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

For further information on beaches and bathing water see Beaches and Bathing Water

For information on Lifeguards this week see Lifeguards Provision 

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