Carnagarve designation

The beach at Carnagarve, between Greencastle and Moville.
The beach at Carnagarve, between Greencastle and Moville.

Inishowen’s County Councillors have agreed to send forward a request that Carnagarve beach in Moville be designated as bathing waters.

Councillor JacK Murray raised the issue at Monday’s meeting of the Inishowen Municipal District, who said the designation of the popular beach would be “straighforward and at very low cost.”

He said the beach itself was “ready made for designation” and asked for the water to be tested in order for it to be deemed as bathing waters.

Colr. Murray pointed out that an earlier application had been submitted in 2010. He asked that Councillors in Inishowen agree to forward the submission to Donegal County Council’s environment section for a response.

Councillor John Ryan raised concerns that a refusal of designation could have a detrimental effect on the beach.

He said: “What would that do for the present situation?”

Councillor Bernard McGuinness raised the same concerns, asking if people would be allowed to “bathe there” if it was not designated as bathing waters.

Colr. Murray said it was his understanding that the water had already been independently tested and there was confidence it would be suitable.

Colr. Martin Farren expressed his support, highlighting the beach’s popularity.The councillors agreed to forward the submission to the environmental section for consideration.