The bathing water quality at 12 beaches in Co Mayo has been described as excellent in the latest EPA report.

The 2018 EPA Bathing Water report examined bathing water quality during the long hot Summer of 2018, and found that  - of 15 beaches tested - 12 had excellent water quality - including Carrowmore and Carrowniskey beaches in Louisburg, Clare Island, Dooega, Dugort, Keel and Keem beaches on Achill Island, Mulranny beach, Elly Bay and Mullaghroe beaches in Belmullet, Rinroe beach in Carrowtigue and Ross beach, Killala.

At three Mayo beaches, the water quality was deemed good - these included Bertra beach in Murrisk, Golden Strand in Achill and Old Head in Louisburg.

Last week, Bertra and Golden Strand beaches lost their Blue Flag status, as their water quality had not reached an excellent standard.

Across the country, the EPA report shows that 94% of bathing waters met at least the minimum standards last year, while just five were classified as poor - including Clifden beach in Co Galway.



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