Water Safety

  • A Galway based Minister says that funding for a new water safety initiative will save lives in Galway.

    Minister for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Sean Kyne was reacting to news of funding of €24,000 for the initiative in the River Corrib in Galway.

    The funding is being provided for the ‘River Corrib Thermal Image Monitoring Project’ under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Digital Innovation Programme.

    Minister Kyne said the project will use thermal imaging technology along the banks of the Corrib in the city to detect persons entering the river and will issue an automated message to An Garda Siochana. By providing this early warning system the emergency and rescue services will be able to act faster to help persons who are in distress and ultimately save lives.

    “The River Corrib Thermal Image Monitoring Project is a great example of how technology can be harnessed for the benefit of people and communities, and in particular people who may be vulnerable.

    “When Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development I secured funding for the first Digital Innovation Programme and I’m delighted that Ministers Michael Ring and Seán Canney have today allocated funding of over €450,000 for new projects across the country.

    “Other projects being supported include free public wifi along the Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly, funding to tackle a mobile coverage blackspot in Dongeal, as well as funding to develop ‘Digital Discovery Points’ along the Wild Atlantic Way. All of the projects, including the River Corrib project, are pilot projects that will, it is hoped, provide a template from which to introduce similar projects in communities across the country.”

  • We're being urged to be careful around water as a heatwave approaches.

    Met Eireann is forecasting temperatures into the high twenties over the next week.

    Minister Michael Ring, who's responsible for water safety in Ireland, says people need to be careful if they're swimming this weekend as the number of drownings rises when the weather's good.


  • The numbers of people who died by drowning in Ireland are almost as high as those fatally injured in road collisions – but there are a number of water safety measures people can take to protect themselves if they’re going swimming in the sea, rivers or lakes, or undertaking water sports.

    That’s according to Irish Water Safety deputy Chief Executive Roger Sweeney, who says some 133 people die by drowning in Ireland each year – which equates to 11 people per month.

    He’s warning of the dangers of cold shock and hypothermia, as well as strong currents in rivers and streams, and is advising people to swim within their ability.

  • The RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard have issued a joint call this May Bank Holiday weekend for people to stay safe on and near water as the expected warmer weather and brighter evenings will see more people spending time outdoors.

    The maritime organisations caution that an improvement in the weather does not mean warmer water temperatures and people should make sure they apply common sense and observe basic safety precautions when engaged in any activity either at sea or along the coast.

    The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI are asking people to take the time to check that they have all essential safety equipment and that it is fully serviced and that anybody who needs to use it knows what to do.

    If you see someone get into difficulty, dial 112 or 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

    If possible look for something that floats or that they can hold on to and throw it out to them.