The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put together the information from data supplied by local authorities across Ireland.

The vast majority of sites are listed as good with only 7% showing up in red on the site which is called bathingwater.ie.

The map-based website measures ‘compliance status’ with EU bathing water quality standards at the 131 designated bathing sites around the country.

The only ones rated as ‘poor’ are Ballbriggan, Loughshinny, Rush South Beach and malahide on the east coast.

Ardmore on the south coast, Ballyallia, Keeldra and Lilliput inland and Clifden on the west coast.

The site, which has information going back to 2003, also gives details about lifeguard availability, blue flag status, tides and weather forecasts.

EPA director general, Mary Kelly, said: “The website is intended to provide up to date information about bathing areas across the country.

“Anyone setting out for the beach will be able to log on and see the latest results of water quality at their favourite bathing spot.”

Luke Walsh

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