Water Safety

Water Safety is important all year round.

Please take time today to check out

www.safetyzone.ie and www.facebook.com/IWSie/videos

Keep safe in the water.

Important Notices

Lifeguards on Duty - Summer 2017

Water Safety Weeks - Summer 2017

Stolen ring buoy


The Water Safety Development Officer of Kilkenny County Council works towards awareness and promotion of water safety throughout the county. The duties performed by the Water Safety Development Officer include

  • Liaising with Water Safety Area Committee in Kilkenny (kilkennywsac@gmail.com) and Irish Water Safety, on behalf of the Local Authority, and attending meetings for that purpose;
  • Arranging preparation of water safety budget and securing local authority contrubition to Irish Water Safety;
  • Purchasing of water safety equipment for lifeguards, instructors and examiners;
  • Employment of lifeguards at swimming areas during the summer season;
  • Arranging for the erection of ringbuoys and safety equipment in bathing areas, and at strategic points along rivers and lakes, and carrying out spot checks with a view to replacement, as necessary;
  • Dealing with media on various aspects of water safety, i.e. promotion of water safety, swimming instruction and awareness of dangers.

The Water Safety Development Officer may be contacted at 056 7794470 or by email at environment@kilkennycoco.ie


Statistics for 2016 for bathing area supervised by Lifeguards:

Number of Swimmers2200
Accidents Prevented75
Rescued People12
Rescued Craft0
First Aid Procedures80

Irish Water Safety (www.iws.ie) is based at The Long Walk, Galway; Phone 091 564 400; LoCall 1890 420 202; e-mail: info@iws.ie.

Other useful websites: www.ringbuoys.ie; www.aquaattack.ie; www.iwsmembership.ie; www.safetyzone.ie


Related Links:

Emergency Outside Office Hours

If you require the service of the Local Authority for an emergency outside of normal business hours please note the following:

Persons requiring the Fire Service for an emergency should Dial 112 and no other number

For all water related queries 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)

For any other emergency the public are advised to ring 1890 252654


Opening Hours
Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm
(Closed Lunch Time 1pm - 2pm)

Contact Information
County Hall,
John Street, Kilkenny City
Phone: 056 - 7794470
Email: environment@kilkennycoco.ie


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Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny R95 A39T
Tel: +353 (0) 56 7794000 | Fax: +353 (0) 56 7794004
info@kilkennycoco.ie | Emergency outside office hours: 1890 252 654
Water Queries: 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)
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