“Five-Hundred Yards Of Sh*t-Smelling Foulness I Can’t Even Imagine, Or Maybe I Just Don’t Want To.”


Merrion Strand, Sandymount, Dublin 4

The public have been warned not to swim at Sandymount Strand and Merrion Strand and the beaches are expected to remain closed for the rest of the summer.

The two Dublin strands are among five beaches closed because of an emergency sewage overflow due to a mechanical or electrical breakdown.

A temporary breakdown at a pumping station resulted in a discharge to the Liffey, according to Dublin City Council…


Swimming banned at Dublin beaches Sandymount Strand and Merrion Strand during Irish heatwave due to sewage overflows (TheIrishSun)


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20 thoughts on ““Five-Hundred Yards Of Sh*t-Smelling Foulness I Can’t Even Imagine, Or Maybe I Just Don’t Want To.”

  1. Diddles

    You should come to Leixlip. It always bangs of poo. Council high vis vests come along occasionally, stare down manholes and scratch their heads but the pooiness never fades

  2. garthicus

    I was wondering, it has been severely smelly over the past few days from Monkstown to past Booterstown (more than it normally stinks due to the marsh)

  3. Joe Small

    I would never swim in any river or on any beach near Dublin. I’d just assume its unsafe all year round.

  4. Panty Christ

    Sure isn’t all water in and out the responsibility of Uisce Eireann now?
    They’ll release some pr propaganda now about if only we had funding through water charges none of this would have happened

    1. Cian

      it’s a pity really. if only people had paid their water charges – none of this would have happened.

  5. Kolmo

    One of the only capital cities in Europe with such a fantastic bay – incinerators and large volumes of effluent is how we celebrate it….fully cretinous lack of imagination and fatal attraction to short-term thinking seems to be the name of the game in Ireland.

    1. Cian

      It’s a pity the 1.2 million inhabitants don’t poo or create any rubbish – we could live in a utopia!

  6. Junkface

    Its a beautiful bay, such a pity they can’t get this sewage levels problem under control, but then again the population is increasing quite fast and there is still so much victorian pipework congestion under Ireland. Modernising the pipework has got to be a top priority

  7. realPolithicks

    Why would an “emergency sewage overflow” cause the beachs to be closed for the entire summer?

    1. Termagant

      That’s where it flowed over to and emerged, and they can’t give the all-clear until an exploratory committee has submitted a proposal to the council to form a preparatory taskforce to consider the possibility of sending out a lad with a fancy bit of gear to say “it’s all right lads the poo is gone”.

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