Kilkee Businesses Report Losses Of Up To 15% Following Beach Closure

Businesses in Kilkee are reporting losses of up to 15%, following the closure of the beach on one of the busiest weeks of the year.

A swimming ban was put in place for several days, after a burst storm rising main let to wastewater being pumped into the sea.

But the blue flag is flying once again.


Kilkee beach re-opened yesterday, after water quality tests revealed positive results.

A swimming ban had been in place for five days, after wastewater was pumped into the sea on account of a burst storm rising main during heavy rainfall.

Now, Clare’s Water Safety Officer is urging Irish Water to ensure that the county’s bathing waters retain their pristine standards.

Claire McGrath says there must be a focus on making sure there is no repeat incident.

But one Kilkee businessman says there’s no question that the beach closure damaged many businesses in the town.

Cillian Murphy, who is a local Fianna Fáil Councillor says it’s the busiest week of the year for the West Clare Tourist hotspot, and he fears there will be a long term affect for the sector.

Meanwhile in Lahinch, a water advisory remains in place after routine testing revealed elevated levels of bacteria in the water.

It was caused by recent excessive rainfall, which resulted in runoff from land surrounding Lahinch Bay.

People are still allowed to swim, but beach goers are advised to avoid swallowing the water, to wash hands before handling food, and to avoid swimming with an open cut or wound, if you’re pregnant or have a weakened immune system.

It’s hoped that the notices will be lifted by this coming weekend and Lahinch Hotelier Michael Vaughan hopes there won’t be any implications for local businesses.