96% of Ireland's bathing waters are meeting the EU's minimum standards.
The Environmental Protection Agency's annual report shows 111 out of 148 bathing waters were deemed "excellent" in 2020 - an increase of four on 2019.
Ballyloughane Beach in Galway is one of two beaches with poor water quality in 2019 that have improved, along with Brook Beach in Portrane, Dublin.
However, Clifden Beach in Co Galway, which has been classified as "poor" water quality for 5 years in a row, will now be declassified as a bathing water for 2021.
Mary Gurrie of the EPA says Clifden is one of four locations nationally that currently have "poor" water quality....