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.

Carlow County Council employ river lifeguards who are on duty commencing at 2pm until 5pm and from 6pm to 8pm each day of the week on the River Barrow. The popular bathing locations on the River Barrow at which the Council provide a lifeguard service are:

Clashganna Borris – towpath areas adjacent to weir and quay;

Bagenalstown – towpath areas adjacent to Boat Slip and Swimming pool.

June – weekends; July and August – everyday; September (until September 13th) – weekends
Spanish Point; Lahinch; Fanore;  Whitestrand; Milltown Malby;  Whitestrand Doonbeg; Kilkee; Cappagh Pier, Kilrush; Mountshannon; Ballycuggeran; Killaloe

July and August – everyday
Bishops Quarter, Ballyvaughan; Seafield Quilty

Beach Lifeguards are employed in Cork for Weekends in June and full time for July & August. Then for the first two weekends in September, 10.30am – 7pm at the following beaches:

Front Strand, Youghal

Claycastle, Youghal

Redbarn, Youghal





Inchydoney, East & West


The Warren



Further details on Cork beaches

Daily information and updates

It is intended lifeguards will be on duty from June 27th.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

Alternatively, you can contact Donegal County Council. See for further information.

Dollymount Strand: 7 days 11.30am – 6.30pm

Mon – Fri 12.00 – 6.00 July & Aug Sat / Sun 11.00 – 6.00 July & Aug

Seapoint / Sandycove / Killiney

All of Fingal’s beaches are guarded from 11am to 7pm during the bathing season.

Lifeguards are provided for weekends only in June and daily throughout July and August. Lifeguards will be on duty on the Blue Flag beaches for the first two weekends only in September.

Howth-Claremount Sutton; Portmarnock-Velvet Strand; Velvet Strand Station (Weekend only)

Malahide-Short Deep Donabate-Balcarrick; Portrane-Tower Bay, Brook; Rush-South Beach,North Beach (Weekend only) Loughshinny-Harbour Skerries-South Beach Balbriggan-Front Strand

11 AM – 7 PM Weekends only in June 7 days July & August

Salthill -Ladies, Blackrock, Silverstrand Palmers Rock,Grattan Road; Furbo; Spiddal Pier; Knock/Inverin; Carraroe; Tracht; Loughrea; Portumna; Inis Oirr; Aran Islands; Roundstone; Banagher

June, July & August: Weekdays 12 Noon to 7.00P.M.; Weekends and Bankholidays 7.00P.M.

Fenit, Banna, Ballyheigue, Ballybunion (2 Beaches), Derrynane, Ballinskelligs and White Strand-Caherciveen starts 1st Weekend in June

Weekends only in June from 6th June

2.00 PM – 4.30 pm and 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM everyday in July/August; Tel: 056-7794470

The Weir & The Meadows, Kilkenny City, Inistioge, Thomastown, Graiguenamanagh

Hours for Glin and Kilteery piers (West of Foynes on N 69).

June – weekends from June 6th.

July and August. 7 days a week. 3.5 hours either side of high tide daily

Templetown, Port & Clogherhead Beaches from 11.00-18.00 hrs @weekends in June, everyday in July & August, Weekends only in Sept up to and including 14th Sept

Lifeguarded 12:00 to 18:30 every day in July & August. Weekends only in June

Westport-Bartra; Louisburg-Old Head,Carramore; Carrowniskey, Newport-Mullranny, Achill Island-Keel,Keem,Dugort, Silver Strand, Killala-Ross; Belmullet Tidal Pool


June – weekends (from June 13th)

From first week in July 11am to 7pm – 7 days a week

Castlerea Open Air Pool

Weekends only June 11.30-7.00 July & August Full time 11.30-7.00

Rosses Point, Enniscrone

Dunmoran (weekends only July & August 12.30 – 6.30 )

Streedagh (weekends only July & August 12.30 – 6.30 )

Mullaghmore – No Lifeguards

Ballina Outdoor Pool (Not Local Authority Lifeguarded)

Borrisokane Outdoor Pool (Not Local Authority Lifeguarded)

Weekend cover commencing on Saturday June 6th, 2020 on the following beaches.   Ardmore, Clonea, Tramore and Dunmore East.  Hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Full lifeguard service commencing on Monday June 29th on Ardmore, Bonmahon, Clonea, Tramore and Dunmore East.  7 days per week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Weekends (from June 13th)

Everyday – July and August

Ballymoney; Courtown Harbour; Carne; Morriscastle; Curracloe; Rosslare Strand; Duncannon

Bray Beach (Two Stations and Non-Blue Flag Beach) from 12.00 noon to 7.00 pm at week-ends and from 12.00 noon to 6.00 pm on week days, during June, July and August.

Greystones South Beach, Brittas Bay North Beach,Brittas Bay South Beach (Blue Flag Beach 2014) from 11.00 am to 7.00. pm daily during June, July and August and for the first two week-ends in September.

Arklow South Beach (Non Blue Flag Beach) from 12.30 pm to 6.30. pm daily, during July and August.

Wicklow Harbour (Non Blue Flag Beach) from 11.00. am to 7.00 pm daily, during June, July and August.

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