Eau De Toilet


A discharge from the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant into Dublin Bay earlier this year

Irish Water has announced in a press release:

Irish Water is carrying out essential maintenance works at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in the coming days in order to reduce the risk of odours from the plant.

These works are essential maintenance works on one of the odour control units at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant, and involve replacing carbon odour control media to ensure any odours generated in the primary clarifiers are effectively treated.

There may be intermittent odours while these works are carried out.

The works will start immediately and will take approximately five days. Irish Water would like to apologise for any odours that arise while the work is being carried out.

Previously: ‘Further Discharges Expected’

Pic: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/Dublin City Shots

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44 thoughts on “Eau De Toilet

  1. Spud

    Stopping the over spillages would really help reduce the odours too…
    Feck all good trying to stop odours if lots more crap is just washed out anyway.
    I don’t even bother going down near Dollymount anymore. Place stinks to high heaven.

  2. GiggidyGoo

    So Hors D’ouvres for 5 days then.
    And the result will be a nicer smelling pollution.

    (A term Which now has brought a Google ad up for the Shelbourne )

  3. Spaghetti Hoop

    The stink flowed up the quays during that spillage. I recall asking my companion at the time did he have an accident. I think it must be a load of culchies who run the EPA as they don’t really care what spills out into Dublin Bay or up our nostrils.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      I’d like to know more about your “companion” and the relationship between you


        1. Brother Barnabas

          “how did it go? nice girl?”

          “eh, yeah, nice enough… up until she asked me had I just shat myself”

          1. Cian

            option B:

            “how did it go? nice girl?”

            “eh, yeah, nice enough… up until I pooed myself”

            “did she notice?”

            “eh, yeah.”

          2. Spaghetti Hoop

            Option C:

            “How did it go? nice girl?”

            “Absolutely gorgeous. And incredibly smart too. I was so nervous I shat myself. Morto”.

    2. Joe Small

      Nice of you to unnecessarily drag people from outside Dublin in to this as being somehow at fault.
      As I understand it, Dublin hasn’t enough capacity to process its own human waste partly because no one wants to live near a sewage works. This is the consequence.

      1. Brother Barnabas


        c. 28% of the population are dubs (not counting culchies who live in dublin), yet culchies produce 84% of the human waste in this country

        long hard look in the mirror, pal

        1. Cian

          wait. what?

          28% are Dubs. 12% are non-national…. leaving 60% of the population culchies.

          But you are saying that this 60% produce 84% of the human waste? Does your average culchie poo 40% more than the equivalent Dub (or foreigner)?

          1. Spaghetti Hoop

            Big feed in the middle of the day.
            Or the sheer fright when a Luas rings its bell.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            also a lot higher during baling season (I heard mention of 70% but unconfirmed) and also higher on bank holiday weekends (big carb heavy breakfasts AKA “feeds”)

        2. GiggidyGoo

          But the odour in the Dublin poo is 67% more foul than the culchies. The variety of different foods available in the takeaways seemingly. Plus it is denser and heavier too. Unlike the healty fresh vegetable-based product in the country which dissipates quicker.

          1. Paulus

            Was about to comment in similar vein to GG: Dublin poo is all coddle and porter. (…which is conversation I didn’t anticipate as I got outa the scratcher this morning).

          2. Brother Barnabas

            incorrect, giggidy

            I have a friend who’s a culchie so I speak with some authority on the subject

            without going into unpalatable detail, you’re completely wrong

  4. eoin

    “carbon odour control media” by Amazon

    “primary clarifiers” by Apple

    Seriously, you have to love how Irish Water sanitise their atrocious management of PEE and POO.

    This year, they have destroyed the brand that is Dublin coast swimming. They have flooded the Liffey with PEE and POO and only found out about it when Dublin City Council told them ahead of the river swim. And they don’t charge the British-owned Guinness brewery a cent, it seems, for the use of billions of litres of water in an area which they claim is facing acute water shortages. [in fairness, this latter matter might require the govt to amend mineral extraction laws]. And if you believe that woman from Tipperary, they’re misleading to the verge of lying about leakage rates in Dublin.

    Irish Water, ladies and gentlemen, Which falls under the remit of Eoghan Murphy.

    1. Joe Small

      I would never swim anywhere on Dublin’s coast anyway – its always been disgusting.
      Diageo pay water charges like every other business in Ireland is required to. They also pay more commercial rates that any other business in the country I understand.
      Leakages are primarily due to decades of under investment which is hardly Irish Water or Eoghan Murphy’s fault.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        there’s a growing suspicion that the poop in the water is the RESULT of culchies swimming in the sea off Dublin

        have you noticed how it always immediately follows a big hurling game in croke park ?

  5. shayna

    I was taught to swim in Bray – I know it’s Wicklow, but it’s in the Dublin area of the Irish Sea. It didn’t stink in the early 70s. Maybe people are poohing more?

    1. Brother Barnabas

      average person in bray looks likely they’d do those squirty, yellowy poos

      fairly benign

      1. Cian

        @Brother Barnabas
        just for the avoidance of doubt. Are you including the residents of Bray in the “Dubs” bucket? or the “culchies” bucket?

  6. GiggidyGoo

    Not a ‘it looks like Ireland’, but if you turn the photo to the right, it looks like our nearest neighbour.

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