Friday 6th February 2015 there was an oil spill that originated
in the Whitestown Stream and contaminated a lake in the Sean Walsh
Memorial Park. The three resident swans plus the newly-arrived dozen
other mute swans were coated in the contaminent.
South Dublin County Council Pollution Officer and environment staff
were quickly on-site to carry out an investigation and clean-up
of the incident in an effort to minimise any environmental damage.
Most of the swans were rescued from the lake and brought to the
the DSPCA to be cleaned up and for rehabilitation. At the time Gillian
Bird of the DSPCA said: "There are 12 swans overall that weve
rescued, and we're still trying to catch another two."
all doing well, they have been washed and cleaned and they will
be with us for at least another two weeks as we wait for their protective
coats to grow back so they can be let out into the wild. She
continued: As far as we are aware, the spill happened and
then cleared very quickly and there doesnt seem to be any
long-term effect on any of the swans."
"These swans are all in very good condition, thanks to their
habitat, and have been well fed by the people of Tallaght and the
following weekend two clean swans appeared on the lake. It is unknown
if they were part of the original group or if they were opportunistically
availing of the vacant lake.
Photos of Oil Damaged
Swans in Sean Walsh Park in Tallaght, Dublin 24
swans on the lake in Sean Walsh Park
an inflatable trying to rescue oil-damaged swans
One of the
swans took to the air to evade the rescue attempt.