Press Release

IFI investigates water pollution incident in Co Cork

Polluted water in a river- blue grey colour

Blue/ grey discolouration of the water from as a result of a pollution incident at the Glashaboy River in Glanmire, Co Cork

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is investigating a water pollution incident which took place yesterday morning, Monday the 14th of August 2023 in Glanmire, Co Cork in which no fish fatalities have been recorded so far.

IFI was first alerted to the incident by multiple calls to its hotline number, and staff were on the scene after the reports came in. The incident occurred on the tidal section of the Glashaboy River downstream from the bridge in Glanmire, Co. Cork.

The pollution appeared to have impacted 1-1.5km of river and had caused a blue/ grey discolouration. The freshwater part of the Glashaboy River upstream was unimpacted by the pollution.

IFI staff have taken water samples for analysis. Inland Fisheries Ireland is not in a position to confirm the specific cause of the pollution incident at this early stage, but our investigations are continuing.

Inland Fisheries Ireland would like to thank the members of the public who made contact about the incident and would like to remind the general public that they can report instances of pollution, fish kills or illegal fishing nationwide by calling its confidential 24/7 number, 0818 34 74 24.