Air Quality Monitoring at Mountrath, Co. Laois

The Environmental Protection Agency manages the National Ambient Air Quality Network.  Find out more information on what we monitor.

The air quality index for Mountrath is calculated on an hourly basis under the Rural East AQIH Region. The Air Quality Map  shows you if air quality is good, fair, poor or very poor in your region.

You can find out if air quality is likely to affect your health and what you can do to protect your health on the Air Quality Index for Health page.

Air monitoring is not currently carried out at Mountrath.

Historical air monitoring information

Air monitoring was previously carried out at Mountrath in the yard of the old primary school on Patrick Street, approximately 10 metres from the N7. Monitoring began on 23rd September 2004 and finished on June 14th 2005. This work is part of a comprehensive assessment of air quality across Ireland. Mountrath was chosen as representative of a small town on a major road; the N7 between Dublin and Limerick passes through the town.

Monitoring was done by a mobile unit containing continuous monitors for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, PM10 and benzene. Metals in air were measured by pumping air through filters which were changed at regular intervals. The results of the monitoring can be viewed at the link below.

Historical air monitoring data can be downloaded here Mountrath.