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Do not swim notice for Velvet Strand Portmarnock

A temporary do not swim notice has been issued for Velvet Strand Portmarnock for 72 hours to Saturday June 20th. See alerts for full details

Temporary Do Not Swim Notice Velvet Strand
Please be advised that a temporary “Do Not Swim” Prohibition Notice has been erected at The Velvet Strand Portmarnock for 72 hours due to possible effect on water quality due to the storm water overflow at the pumping station. The likely cause was the heavy rain event locally.

Further testing is taking place today the 18th June 2020 and the results of laboratory analysis will be available on Saturday 20th June 2020.

Bathing water samples have been taken fortnightly at The Velvet Strand since the summer bathing season commenced and the water has been at an “Excellent” standard in each test.

The Velvet Strand, Portmarnock 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.

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.