It sounds like a bad movie in a superhero franchise that has jumped the shark but in fact Ironman is being threatened by jellyfish. The Ironman event, an intense outdoor triathlon taking place this weekend around Dublin bay, is in jeopardy as a large number of stinging Lions mane jellyfish have been washing up on beaches along the east coast.
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The endurance event, which starts in Sandycove, includes a swimming section which sees athletes hitting the water for a grueling 1.2 mile swim. The notorious jellyfish are among the most dangerous to be found in Irish coastal waters and safety concerns have been raised for the swimmers taking part.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has advised bathers to stay out of the water due to the presence of the jellyfish. “We have raised the red warning flag in Sandycove and erected signs warning swimmers of the presence of jellyfish in the water and washed up on the beach,” the council said in a statement.
The Ironman organisers are also keeping a close eye on the situation.
We are aware of the jellyfish situation in Sandycove, athlete safety is paramount. We will continue to monitor and take action if necessary.
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