Enjoy the Cork County Coast Safely

Cork County Council in conjunction with the Irish Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland are appealing to members of the public to be mindful of their personal safety if they’re visiting the coast this week.

The three organisations have issued guidelines for anyone taking part in coastal walks. They’re asking people to stay away from exposed coastal and cliff edges, tell someone where you’re going and to pay attention to tide times and safety signs. They’re also advising people to dress appropriately for the conditions, to wear a high-factor sunscreen and to bring enough food and water for their journey.

A status yellow high temperature warning remains in place for the entire country. Met Éireann is predicting maximum temperatures of between 25 and 30 degrees for County Cork until Friday.

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Coastal Walking Safety Guidelines

  • Stay in Contact -Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back, it is always best to be accompanied.
  • Tides – Pay attention to local tidal times to avoid the danger of getting stranded or cut off.
  • Route – Familiarise yourself with your planned route and any associated hazards. Seek local knowledge if you are unsure of the area.
  • Phone – Charge your phone: Make sure your battery is charged and consider buying a USB power stick to recharge it if it runs low while on the walk.
  • Weather – Check the weather forecast. met.ie : and chose suitable clothing
  • Sunset – To avoid walking in darkness, be aware of the time the sun sets. If you know both this and the expected duration of the walk, you’ll have an optimum start time to set off.
  • Sun Protection – Wear a hat. Wear a high factor sun protection.
  • Safety Signage – pay attention to any safety signage identifying hazards
  • Clothing – Dress Appropriately & wear suitable walking footwear. Be visible: Aim to wear at least one item of bright colour such as red, or orange so that you remain visible to the people in your party or rescue services if needs be.
  • Food and Water – Bring enough food and water for your journey and some extra rations in case your excursion goes on for longer than expected.
  • Children – Ensure children are always supervised, keeping small children close to parents or adults during any coastal walking activity.
  • Coastal and Cliff Terrain – Stay away from exposed coastal and cliff edges
  • Sea Conditions – do not underestimate the unpredictable nature of sea conditions where swell or wave activity can change dramatically and sweep a person without warning from a rock edge into the sea. Stay Back – Stay High, Stay Dry.
  • Dogs – Keep dogs under control & do not enter the water to rescue animals Ring 999/112 for assistance