Bathing Water Quality in Ireland

A Report for the Year 2016

Summary: The quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains very high with 93% of identified bathing waters (130 of 140) meeting the minimum EU standards for ‘Sufficient’ water quality over the four year assessment period 2013-2016. Full details can be viewed in the downloaded report.

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978-1-84095-718-1

Pages: 42

Filesize: 3,034 KB

Format: pdf


Key Findings:

  • 130 (92.9%) of Ireland’s 140 identified bathing waters met the minimum required standard of ‘Sufficient’ water quality – 2 more than in 2015
  • 120 (85.7%) bathing waters were classed as being either ‘Excellent ‘or ‘Good’ quality in 2016 compared to 114 (83.2%) in 2015
  • 14 - waters improved in quality, 8 showed signs of a deterioration and 1 was newly classified
  • 79 other waters where bathing takes place were monitored by local authorities - many of which met the criteria for Excellent quality
  • 6 bathing waters (4.3%) failed to meet the minimum required standard and were classified as being of ‘Poor’ quality in 2016 (the same as in 2015 but only 3 cover both periods).  These were:


Bathing WaterLocal Authority
Trá na bhForbacha Galway County Council
Clifden Galway County Council
Portrane (Brook beach) Fingal County Council
Ballyloughane Galway City Council
Merrion Strand Dublin City Council
Loughshinny Fingal County Council