This cross border research project, funded by the Special EU Programmes Body, will facilitate a system for the prediction of bathing water quality and the instillation of real-time signage. The project partners – University College Dublin, Agri-Food & Bioscience Institute and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful – are working together to create a life monitoring system, allowing beach visitors to check bathing water quality via an app and website live stream.
The project was officially launched on 7 December 2017 at the Titanic Belfast – an iconic venue displaying maritime heritage. Speaker include Gina McIntyre, CEO of SEUPB, Nicholla Connery from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs as well as representatives of all three project partners.
UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, master and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement from a dynamic spectrum of activity.
The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland’s most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 120 countries, and includes 5,500 students based at locations outside the Republic of Ireland.
As Ireland’s largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of the island of Ireland; through the study and discussion of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation.
For more information, please contact the project manager Dr Rosemarie Gannon, O’Brien Centre for Science – East, University College Dublin (UCD), Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institue (AFBI) is a multi-disciplinary scientific institute offering world-class scientific services to a wide range of customer in the agri-food sector. They provide analytical & diagnostic, research & development and scientific training & advice in agricultural, food, animal and plant health, marine and freshwater ecosystems and the agri-environment. They operate across seven sites in Northern Ireland and have a purpose built marine research vessel which operates in the Irish Sea from the Port of Belfast. Their state-of-art equipment is used by world-renowned scientists to provide sophisticated and reliable results, coupled with expert interpretation to provide advice for customers. They participate in top-level research consortia with some of the world’s most well-respected research organisations, universities and agencies globally, including China, the United States and Canada. They have dedicated Research Support officers to identify and explore potential collaboration opportunities with new and existing partners.
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful is a charity working towards the vision of a cleaner, greener Northern Ireland by running environmental education programmes and awareness raising campaigns, increasing volunteering opportunities and reporting on local environmental quality. Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful runs a range of awareness raising and volunteering campaigns including the BIG Spring Clean and the Clean Coast programme as well as local environmental quality programmes such as international Eco-Schools and Blue Flag programmes, the Seaside Award, Borough Cleanliness Surveys and Live Here Love Here Green Business Awards.
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The fishing village of Clogherhead is located on the east coast of Ireland in the County of Louth, approximately 70km north of Dublin. The headland affords uninterrupted views of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains 30km to the north and to Lambay Island 35km to the south. The village is in close proximity to the historic town of Drogheda. The village developed around the fishing industry with the waters of Clogherhead reputed as being the best fishing waters in the country. The harbour, known as Port Oriel was built in 1885. It was extensively enlarged and re-opened in 2007.
Newcastle Beach is comprised mainly of pebbles and some sand. Newcastle Beach is linked to Murlough Beach and their combine length is approximately 2.5 kilometres in length
Ballywalter Beach is comprised mainly of sand with a rocky shoreline. The beach is approximately 0.85 kilometres in length
Ballyholme Beach is comprised mainly of sand with a typical rocky shore at each end. The beach is approximately 1.3 kilometres in length
Waterfoot Beach is comprised entirely of sand, it is backed by sand dunes which run the entire length of the beach. The beach is approximately 1 kilometre in length
Portrush (Curran Strand) is comprised entirely of sand. Portrush (Curran Strand) is linked with Whiterocks Beach and they have combined length 3 kilometres
Castlerock Beach is comprised entirely of sand and backs onto a sand dune system and a promenade area. The beach is approximately 1 kilometre in length
Lady’s Bay beach consists of a sandy beach in Lough Swilly confined by Buncrana pier to the South and a small rocky outcrop 550m to the North. Activities at Lady’s Bay beach include swimming, boating, power boating, jet skiing and other land-based activities on the beach. The designated bathing area is approx. 0.02633 km2 and the extent along the water is approximately 550m.
Enniscrone Beach is an exposed sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, caravan park and golf course. There is a short coastal walk north of Enniscrone pier. The bathing area (i.e. that which is patrolled by lifeguards) is approximately 500m in length. However the beach is approximately 4.5km in length.