Ireland. Dead swans in Grand Canal in Dublin

We are getting reports of a number of dead swans in the GC in Dublin.  They are concentrated on the 7th level from Portobello to Suir Road Bridge.

A number were taken from the water for analysis last week.  A number of sick birds were also found and were taken to the DSPCA depot for treatment.

Another half dozen birds have been found dead this AM.

Initial reports suggest that the problem is NOT Avian Flu but is more likely some form of botulism or other bacterial infection.  The source is as yet unknown but a number of dead and rotting sea-fish were found in the area and that is one possible source.   Swans are known to be susceptible to this infection and similar cases have been reported from other areas in the past.


Zephaniah 1:3 I will sweep away man and animal; I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, and the ruins along with the wicked. I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth—the LORD’s declaration.