Last week, Dollymount Strand welcomed the much-needed beach mats aimed at providing better access for wheelchair and scooter users.
These specially designed mats are 125 metres in length onto the beach from the end of the Causeway Road. This is a trial run at the moment and based on the level of use and demand, we could see the use of beach mats like this be extended and added to other beaches in the future.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ms. Alison Gilliland stated that she wholeheartedly welcomed the addition of this important resource and that:
‘’Accessibility and inclusion should be at the heart of all our policies, and Dublin City Council is committed to making Dublin and its amenities more accessible for its citizens, particularly those with additional mobility needs.’’
This certainly seems like a step in the right direction for accessibility for all in Ireland.
A Day at the Beach
While summer may be behind us, we Irish are no strangers to a beach day at any time of the year. So, you will be happy to know that Dollymount isn’t the first to move towards more accessible shorelines. There have been a number of pro-active counties that have been working on this previously.
If you fancy a day a the beach, here are some of the more accessible options across the country. Please note that most of these below services are summer services because the lifeguard service at beaches is not an all year service but there is no harm is reaching out to see if you can book or use them throughout the year.
Dollymount Strand: Beach wheelchairs can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Portmarnock, Velvet Strand Beach: You can book a Hippocampe chair free of charge by calling 086 822 26 46. We would strongly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
Salthill Beach: To book a beach wheelchair, you can contact Amanda at Ability West via email: email@example.com or you can call 091 540900 Booking in advance is always best.
Warren, Cregane Strand: You can book a beach wheelchair by contacting the Rosscarbery Pitch & Putt Club. You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087 218 65 29.
Ballinskelligs Beach: To book your beach wheelchair you can contact Cafe Cois Tra on 087 2965874
Ballybunnion North Beach: Contact Collins’ Seaweed Baths on 068 27469
Inch Beach: You would need to contact the life guard hut on 086 2663186
Ballinesker Beach: Contact Curracloe Holiday Villas on 053 9137241
Carne Beach: Contact Carne Beach Caravan Park om 053 9131131
Curracloe Beach: Available between May to October. Contact the Surf Shack on 053 9137679
Kilmore Quay Small Beach: Contact the Stella Maris Centre to book on 053 9129922
Morriscastle Beach: Contact Lawler’s Shop 053 9130334
Rosslare Strand Beach: Contact Centra Shop on the Strand Road, Rosslare on 053 9173060