Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has described the erection of a new electronic notice board at the Blue Flag beach at Clogherhead as a step forward for tourism in the area.
Cllr Cunningham said “This new electronic board will provide swimmers with up to date information on the current status of the bathing water and is based on a newly developed prediction model using software which will support the collection of data and deliver that information to the public.
“People can check through an App and through the website which beach would provide the best water quality before making the journey and I am confident that Clogherhead having maintained its ‘excellent’ water quality status for a number of years now, will continue to do so which will encourage more bathers to visit our beach.”
“This is a step forward for tourism and how we promote our beach. It is also an improvement how our bathing water quality is monitored. This project will allow for water sampling and microbial sampling and sends the real time data to a server. As a result, short term pollution can be predicted and the public can be informed through the App, website, text alerts and through this electronic signage. This will promote good management of our beach including protecting public health and help us monitor environmental standards more closely and in a more timely manner.”
The cross border Project has been funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA and is known as the EU SWIM Project and the lead partner is University College Dublin.
Cllr Cunningham said “only one beach was chosen in Louth for this Project and I am delighted that it is Clogherhead. Two other beaches chosen were Enniscrone (Sligo) and Lady’s Bay (Donegal).”
There were six beaches in the North of Ireland chosen: Portrush, Newcastle, Castlerock, Waterfoot, Ballyholme and Ballywalter.