By Dan Walsh
The weekend is here again, and with high temperatures staying with us for longer, large crowds are again expected at Wexford’s beaches and Gardaí will be on duty in and around Curracloe and Ballinesker beaches and car parks to assist with traffic congestion.
“Please ensure you park your vehicle in a safe and responsible manner. Access to beach car parks will have to be restricted if capacity is reached”; said a spokesperson for Wexford Garda Division, who added; “Signage and traffic control measures will be also in place to help alleviate any traffic issues.”
Meanwhile, Wexford County Council reported severe congestion at Curracloe and Duncannon in recent times and suggest that visitors take an alternative beach on the 275kms of Wexford coastline.
The list includes Ballymoney North, Cahore, Old Bawn, Morriscastle, Balllinesker, Culleton’s Gap, Rosslare Strand, St. Helen’s Bay, Carne, Ballyhealy, Cullenstown Strand and Booley Beach.
For those who get onto the beach and enjoy a swim, be extra careful because the warm water is enticing jellyfish, who can cause excruciating pain by sting, even when they are dead!
Cllr Jim Moore posted photos of a Lions Mane Jellyfish and a Compass Jellyfish, washed up between Ballygrangans and Nemestown, near Kilmore Quay, sent by a local lady as a warning to the public regards their presence. Please be careful and watch out for any jellyfish.
Also not forgetting the pets. Advice from the ISPCA; “It’s better to avoid walking your dog during intense heat, so early morning or evening walks is best when it’s cooler. If the pavement is too hot for your hand, then it is too hot for their paws. Always have fresh cool water available and access to shade from the sun. Never leave a dog alone inside in a car.”
The message for this weekend is simple. Please have patience and obey Garda directions, park safely and sensibly, respect the environment, take responsibility for personal care at all times, respect others, and have a memorable and safe family occasion.