Lifeguarded Areas By County

For operational reasons the Lifeguard cover may vary from the details listed here. If in doubt, please contact the relevant Local Authority directly for confirmation.

Locations: River Barrow – Clashganna Borris, Bagenalstown

Months: July and August

Time: 14:00 – 17:30 and 18:00 – 20:00

The lifeguard service will commence at Lahinch, Spanish Point, Fanore and Kilkee on Saturday, 5th June, and will remain in place until Tuesday, 31st August. 5th June to 31st August inclusive. The lifeguard service will operate on September 4th-5th and also 11th-12th.

The lifeguard service will commence at White Strand Miltown Malbay, White Strand Doonbeg, Cappa, Mountshannon, Killaloe (Ballycuggeran) and Ballyallia on Saturday, 5th June, for the bank holiday weekend and for subsequent weekends in June. Full time service is scheduled to start on Monday, 28th June, at these beaches and also at Seafield and Bishops Quarter.

Lifeguards are on duty from 11:00am to 7:00pm on days of operation of the lifeguard service.

Clare County Council advises that the safest place to swim is at lifeguarded locations.

For swimming advice and precautions, please visit the Water Safety Ireland website: https://watersafety.ie/recreation

For information on beaches and bathing areas in Clare please visit: https://www.clarecoco.ie/services/arts-recreation/leisure-and-swimming/bathing/

Locations: Front Strand – Youghal, Claycastle – Youghal, Redbarn – Youghal, Garryvoe, Fountainstown, Garrylucas, Garrettstown, Inchydoney – East and West, Owenahincha, The Warren, Tragumna, Barleycove

Months: Weekends in June until June 14th; Everyday from June 14th through July and August; First two weekends in September

Time: 10:30 – 19:00

Further details on Cork beaches https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/visiting-cork/beaches

Daily information and updates https://www.facebook.com/CorkCoCoBeachLifeguard

Locations: Bundoran; Rossnowlagh

Months: Everyday – June, July and August; First two weekends in September

Time: 11.00-19.00


Locations: Murvagh; Fintra; Narin; Carrickfinn; Killahoey; Marblehill; Downings; Portsalon; Rathmullan; Culdaff; Shroove

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August; First two weekends in September

Time: 12.00-18.30

Locations: Dollymount Strand / Blue Wall

Months: Everyday – June, July and August; Everyday in September until the third weekend in September

Time: 11:30 – 18:30

Locations: Seapoint, Sandycove, Killiney

Months: Everyday – June, July and August (from 28th May)

Time: Monday to Friday 12:00 noon – 18:00; Weekends and Bank Holidays 11:30 – 18:00

Locations: Howth – Claremount Sutton, Sutton – Burrow Beach, Donabate – Balcarrick, , Rush – South Beach, Skerries – South Beach, Balbriggan – Front Strand

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August

Time: 11:00 – 19:00


Locations: Portmarnock – Velvet Strand (Port 1 and 2), Portmarnock – Velvet Strand (Port 3 – off Golf Links Road),

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August; Blue Flag Beaches for the first two weekends in September

Time: 11:00 – 19:00


Locations: Malahide – Short Deep

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August; CONSTANT RED FLAG

Time: 11:00 – 19:00


Locations: Portrane – Brook, Rush – North Beach, Loughshinny – Harbour

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August (if resources available)

Time: 11:00 – 19:00

Locations: Ladies Beach Salthill
Blackrock Salthill
Silverstrand (Barna)
Grattan Salthill
Palmers Salthill
Ballyloughane Renmore
Tracht, Cinn Mhara
Loughrea Lake
An Trá Mór, Knock, Indreabhán
Trá an Dóilín, An Cheathrú Rua
Portumna – Shannon Road
Céibh an Spidéil – An Spidéal

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August; Weekends in September until 12th September

Time: 11:00 – 19:00


Locations: Cill Mhuirbhigh, Inis Mór

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August; Weekends in September until 12th September

Time: 12:00 – 16:00


Locations: Spiddal Rd An Spidéal, Roundstone Connemara

Months: Weekends in July and August

Time: 11:00 – 19:00


Locations: Inis Óirr

Months: Weekends in July and August

Time: Saturday 12:00 – 16:00; Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

For further information about Galway lifeguards and beach quality, read more.

Locations: Fenit, Banna, Ballyheigue, Ballybunion North, Ballybunion South, Derrynane, Ballinskelligs, White Strand-Caherciveen, Marahees, Ventry, Inch, Rossbeigh, Kells Bay

Months: Everyday – June, July and August (from June Bank Holiday)

Time: Weekdays 12:00 noon – 19:00; Weekends and Bank Holidays 11:00 – 19:00

Locations: The Weir Kilkenny City, The Meadows Kilkenny City, Inistioge, Thomastown, Graiguenamanagh

Months: Weekends (from Saturday June 5th); Everyday – July and August

Time: 14:00 – 16:30 and 17:00 – 19:30

Locations: Glin Pier, Kilteery Pier

Months: Weekends in June from June 5th; Everyday – July and August

Time: 3.5 hours either side of high tide daily

Locations: Templetown, Port, Clogher Head

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August; First two weekends in September

Time: 11:00 – 18:00

Locations: Westport – Bartra, Louisburgh – Old Head, Louisburgh – Carramore, Louisburgh – Carrowniskey, Newport – Mulranny, Achill Island – Keel, Achill Island – Keem, Achill Island – Dugort, Achill Island – Silver Strand, Killala – Ross

Months: Weekends in June (from 5th June); Everyday – July and August; First weekend in September up to and including 5th September

Time: 12:00 noon – 18:30


Locations: Belmullet Tidal Pool

Months: Everyday from July 1st to September 5th

Time: 14:00 – 18:00

Hours may be extended during periods of good weather or when classes are busy. Ask locally for more information.

Locations: Bettystown

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August

Time: 11:00 -19:00

Locations: Castlerea Open Air Pool

Months: TBC

Time: TBC

Locations: Rosses Point, Enniscrone

Months: Weekends in June; Everyday – July and August

Time: 11:30 – 19:00


Locations: Dunmoran, Streedagh

Months: Weekends in July and August

Time: 12:30 – 18:30

Locations: Ballina Outdoor Pool (Not Local Authority Lifeguarded), Borrisokane Outdoor Pool (Not Local Authority Lifeguarded)

Months: TBC

Time: TBC

Locations: Ardmore, Clonea, Tramore, Dunmore East (Counsellors and Lawlors)

Months: 7 days a week (from Saturday June 5th through June, July and August); first two weekends in September

Time: 11:00 – 19:00


Locations: Bonmahon

Months: Everyday from June 28th – August 31st

Time: 11:00 – 19:00

Locations: Ballymoney, Ballinisker, Carne, Morriscastle, Curracloe, Rosslare Strand, Duncannon

Months: Weekends (from June 13th); Everyday – July and August

Time: 11:00 – 19:00

Locations: Bray (Two Stations, Blue Flag Beach), Greystones South (Blue Flag Beach), Brittas Bay North (Blue Flag Beach), Brittas Bay South (Blue Flag Beach), Arklow South Beach, Wicklow Harbour

Months: Everyday – June, July and August; First two weekends in September

Time: 11:00 – 19:00

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