River Shannon at UL is ‘moderately littered’


A survey carried out by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) inspected 42 bodies of water nationwide, including beaches, marinas and rivers, and found that a mere 16% of Irish waterways were clean.

The River Shannon, which runs through the University grounds, has had it’s status upgraded from ‘littered’ in 2018 to ‘moderately littered’ in 2019.

Discussing it’s inspection of the River Shannon in UL, An Taisce’s enviromental education unit said that while most of the overall are was clean, there were “a wide variety of scattered single letter items.”

The rubbish was most notable in the hedgegrows, along the path, and scatterings around the beach area.

In February, littering of the beach area was reported on by An Focal, and drew widespread condemnation on social media. 

The overall impression of the River Shannon in UL was that it was a “well-maintained environment, but anti-litter and dog foulage signage would be good – particularly at the beach.”


The beach by the Shannon during Charity Week festivities – an area that was examined by IBAL