Stories From Local People
Who Remember The Dun Laoghaire Baths
June 11th to June 20th
Each day for ten days we will be unveiling stories of local people who remember the baths. Today, on June 11th, we present the first three. At the end of the week this section will be updated with all the stories.
Loved Dun Laoghaire baths as a kid especially when it was a day outing with my Mother and my friends. There was always a picnic, banana sandwiches, salt and vinegar chips and red lemonade, always tasted so good after getting out of that cold water, wrapped in a towel and shivering uncontrollably.
Only thing I remember of the Dun Laoghaire baths is the green soggy carpet in the changing rooms and the cartoon characters painted on the walls. And the slides of course. But that was the 80s so I don’t think the outdoor baths were used anymore by then.
Cabinteely, Co Dublin
The baths were popular in good weather. I remember people with towels and togs rolled up, the latter often made of wool. l seem to remember diving boards there. l could not yet swim so l clung to the side of the pool. l remember lots of noise, splashing, shouting, laughter and excitement.
Spent my childhood summers there, my mother would save the sixpence to get in and would bring the neighbours children too, she would sit knitting while we swam, even if the weather was cold.
Pamela King Kearns