Meanwhile, In Brittas Bay

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brittas

This afternoon.

Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow.

Niall writes:

I counted 35 women and children queuing to use one toilet. There’s another one for the men and typical of Ireland nothing works and it’s vile.

There’s a cover charge of €4 to enter the car park. Seriously, how hard can it be for Wicklow County Council to spend a some money on its beaches? I know the usual wags will say we don’t get prolonged good weather to justify it, but seriously this is basic sanitation and hygiene. We’re not all animals that piss in the Dunes.

Fight.

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32 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Brittas Bay

    1. Rob_G

      +1

      Piss is a sterile liquid – just go for it; there’s plenty of it in the sea already, your contribution won’t make much difference

  1. Owen

    Its a joke. Given the expected weather they could have put up a few porta-loos. Its hardly difficult. It would probably be easier and cheaper than fixing all the blocked toilets.

  2. Mulder

    Just a thought would it be cheaper to actually move the beach.
    One good day of summer.

  3. Andrias

    Was there yesterday, toilets were in the same condition and the ladies wouldnt flush. Car park was rock solid with a queue of cars waiting to get in.

  4. Turgenev

    Same on the trains; the loos are often dirty and smelly, with the washhandbasins clogged and the floor sticky and disgusting.

  5. Gorev Mahagut

    The decline of the Brittas Empire. Queues of people desperate to get in. Facilities can’t cope. This is why they voted to leave the EU. And pissed all over themselves.

  6. Louis Lefronde

    In Portmarnock they do worse. But seriously, he has a point, the Irish are a bit cheap when it comes to their public amenities and facilities. That meanness extends In part to you manage your parks (some exceptions) forests and beaches. As I’ve noted before, there’s a discerning lack of civic pride in this country. In many ways it’s still a bit backward, with fairly unsophisticated people in local and central government.

    Ireland may not get the same weather as the Côte d’Azur where I grew up, but the beaches on the east coast such as Portmarnock, Donabate, Brittas, Kilmichael to mention a few are actually very nice, and from what I can see used all year round albeit not for sunbathing. Although, I have seen crazy people going for a swim on Christmas Day!
    Interestingly in Cannes, the sand on the Croisette is imported from Frejus, otherwise it would be similar to the beaches at Kiliney or Greystones. Sometimes I think the Irish don’t appreciate what they have and are mean spirited (both meanings of the expression) when it comes to public amenities. These things could easily be sorted out.

    1. St. John Smythe

      we’re urbanised peasants basically.
      amenities are for protestants. we deserve what we get because of adam’s sin.

      1. Louis Lefronde

        St John Smythe.. We have more than a few urban peasants in France too. The difference is that we have elected Mayors and a stronger sense of civic pride. France has a first class education system and great emphasis is placed on civic pride. Ireland copied French Republicanism badly, the only thing they got was a bad tricolore.

        1. Wayne.F

          Louis, you failed to mention 99% of the beach front in Cannes is private and you have to pay for access. Except for the worst bit beside the convention centre

          1. Louis Lefronde

            This is true, and a bone of contention to me. But that’s the Croisette. Plenty of nearby public beaches that are free

      2. Kieran NYC

        Laughed hard.

        The lack of civic pride extends to littering and not cleaning up after your dog. Because that’s the council’s job, apparently.

  7. Otis Blue

    Is there any Local Authority in the country that is competent in any way?

    Unaccountable and inefficient and all this after Big Phil, Reform of Local Government Act two years ago.

    “Putting People First” it was called. Who ever said the hoor didn’t have a sense of humour?

    1. Cian

      Dun Laoghaire Rathdown are very good at providing facilities in the parks (and libraries) – they have great facilities and there are various (free) events run throughout the year – http://events.dlrcoco.ie/events
      I’m not sure about the beaches though.

  8. Louis Lefronde

    Otis Blue, you are correct. The Irish system of Government needs a root and branch overhaul, or to put it another way – a new operating system. The basic hardware is good, but the operating has been corrupted by political malware and technical incompetence.

    Part of the problem is that you allow scrotes and party hacks run your local and central government

  9. Joxer

    Had to use the blokes jacks on my way out of the beach. Minging….

    having said that there were nappies strewn outside the toilet and general litter about the place which wasnt caused by the CoCo….and before anyone mentions lack of bins there is a huge skip at the end of the car park.

  10. 15 cents

    why are wags gettin involved? is collette rooney against better public toilets? abby clancy would perfer us to pee in the sea? what a world

  11. 15 cents

    been sayin similar about the canal for ages. down by portobello, all summer theres lots of people downt here havin cans. and the pubs around there dont let u in to pee unless ur a customer. so its down to peeing on the streets. theres enough people there regularly, to warrant putting in portoloos. so people arent peeing into the canal or against someones house. come on, nay sayers, i have an answer for any negative reatcion you have to this.

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