It would be easy to ignore the two signs badly attached to the railings down at The Cove right now.
Especially given that one is halfway to blowing away, and both are halfway to drowning too.
Turns out these notices – one in English, one as Gaeilge; always a sign of significance – are pretty darn important. And we don’t mean bare arse Chunky Dunking either.
Nope, these particular missives are, we’re told by the local Greystones town engineer Ruairí O’Hanlon, an annual occurrence, inviting those people who would like to see a lifeguard at The Cove to make a written submission to the Greystones Municipal District office.
Something, claims Ruairí, not one single person has done over the years, despite the regular calls – and even a petition in 2018 – to indeed have a lifeguard down at arguably the most popular little stretch of waterfront in the town.
At last count, there’s been 4,378,692 social media posts screaming out for that Cove lifeguard, and 1,982 on Aisling Doyle’s petition, but, we’re told, they all add to a hill of pónairí if no one has actually officially informed the powers that be.
Because, as it turns out, the powers that be refuse to be swayed by social media rants, or, it seems, petitions. If it ain’t being submitted through the proper channels, it ain’t happening.
“If people want a lifeguard at The Cove,” says Ruairí, “it has to be a designated bathing area. To be a designated bathing area, someone has to suggest it to us to be made one. Once we receive a submission, it is assessed and may be sent to An Táisce as a proposal to be a designated bathing area.”
From there, there has to be four years of water quality testing before any designation can be made. We posted back in a 2019 raft piece that water qualitytestingat The Cove began in 2018, but today, Ruairí reckons that was just a proposal by councillors, rather than an actual decision made.
Which all sounds a bit fishy…
Closing date is Monday, June 22nd, and you can make your submission for The Cove to be designated a bathing area by sending your submission to email@example.com, or Michael McNamara, Administrative Officer, Planning, Development & Environment, Wicklow County Council, Council Buildings, Station Road, Wicklow. You can also call Michael with your request on 040420236. Same submission process for a pontoon in the harbour…
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