No designated bathing areas in Kildare county

Concern has been raised about swimming on the Liffey in the wake of the recent tragic drowning.
Further warnings have been issued about water safety, particularly in the north Kildare area.

Further warnings have been issued about water safety, particularly in the north Kildare area.

KCC spokesperson, Annette Aspell told the Leader last week that there are no designated bathing areas at lakes or rivers in the county.

The warnings come in the wake of the tragic drowning of teenager Abayomi Adefabi at Castletown on July 10.

Recently the Council had a notice on its website asking for nominations for possible bathing areas.

Ms. Aspell said this notice is placed annually, under the Bathing Waters Directive. The closing date was for submissions was last week.

Former KCC official Niall Rafferty used to serve as the Water Safety Development Officer (WSDO), but the Council has had none since his departure.

Ms. Aspell said due to restructuring/retirements the Council is appointing a new WSDO.

At the Council Celbridge meeting on 19 July, Cllr. Theresa Byrne said a lifebuoy be installed at the bridge at Young’s Cross, “as a matter or urgency.”

Simon Wallace, the Council’s Parks Superintendent said a risk assessment will be carried out there in conjunction with the Irish Water Safety Association to decide the best thing to do.

The area lies beside the Salmon Leap Canoe club and Cllr. Byrne said residents have contacted her worried over the issue.

-Henry Bauress