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Landscape being blighted by 'disgusting' litter as people 'enjoy' warm weather

Several areas of beauty across the country have been left blighted by litter as people take to beaches and parks to enjoy the hot weather.

Lisa McCabe was compelled to spend an hour yesterday cleaning rubbish that was left scattered on Laytown beach in Meath.

"Humanity is doomed if we continue like this - there's no hope for the future," she said, after she and another woman collected three car boot loads of rubbish from the strand.

Ms McCabe was not the only one expressing her dismay at the state of some hotspots which were left in disarray by some people revelling in the recent heatwave.

A disgusted irishexaminer.com and breakingnews.ie reader sent this image of litter he had spotted during a recent visit to James Fort in Kinsale.

Picture of litter at James Fort in Kinsale from reader

Other photos on social media from Kerry to Sligo show beaches and roadsides strewn with bottles, nappies, plastic and even nappies.

Radio Kerry posted images of a tractor shovel filled with beer bottles at the Maharees at the Dingle Peninsula after locals undertook a clean-up effort after the weekend.

There were similar scenes at Brittas Bay beach in Co Wicklow after people hit the coast to cool off.

Conor McMorrow, a reporter with RTE, expressed his dismay at the "disgusting" scenes in Bettystown, Co Meath, which Meath County Council has referred to their litter warden.

Beaches in West Cork and Sligo also fell victim to the littering.

It was not just beaches which were affected, as this pictures show vodka bottles among the rubbish at the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore.

With the warm weather set to continue this week, people are encouraged to bring their rubbish home with them when enjoying the great outdoors.