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Forty Foot Bathing Place

Location: Dublin (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council)

Poor Water QualityCurrent Water Quality: Poor
Last Sampled: Mon. Sep. 11 2023

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About Forty Foot Bathing Place

The Forty Foot, a historic bathing pool on a promontory on the southern tip of Dublin Bay, is a short walk from the James Joyce Tower, Sandycove. It used to be a male only swimming spot but today both men and women enjoy a swim here. The character of Buck Mulligan in James Joyce's Ulysses takes a dip in the Forty Foot. People have been swimming here for the past 250 years.. View available amenities and tide information at

Latest Annual Bathing Water Quality Report

Forty Foot Bathing Place is classified as achieving Excellent Water Quality in 2023 based on the assessment of bacteriological results for the period 2020 to 2023. Forty Foot Bathing Place has achieved an Excellent Water Quality rating for the four consecutive years 2020 to 2023. Annual water quality ratings are generally calculated using monitoring results over a four-year period and are assessed against stringent bacterial limits to protect bather health.