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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1925

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People in bathing costumes in outdoor swimming pool, pier and ship visible in background.

Thanks to sharon.corbet we know this photo is of the Public baths at Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Sharon tells us that the baths were later transformed into Rainbow Rapids. The site has been derelict since the 1990s.

There are plans to improve the site over the next few years.

Dun Laoghaire was home town to OwenMacC where he enjoyed many days at the baths. Just from the sight of the ships funnels in the background he was able to identify the ships as the Cambria and the Hibernia, both served from 1921-1949.

Owen’s note on the ships helped Niall McAuley narrow the date range from 1860 - 1930 to 1921 - 1930.


Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: The Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: c.1920-1930

NLI Ref: CLON1782

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Apr/2015 07:13:19

    I think it's the by now infamous baths in Dun Laoghaire, which later became Rainbow Rapids...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Apr/2015 07:17:42

    Streetview from the front entrance looking toward the pier - showing the two sets of columns visible above.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Apr/2015 07:19:31

    There's a picture showing a similar view to the photo above on this page from a local councillor showing the latest proposal for the baths.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Apr/2015 07:28:07

    OSI Map for reference. The following quote is from the 1936 publication, Dun Laoghaire: The history, scenery and development of the district, prepared in connection with the Town Planning Survey, by Manning Robertson: 'Dun Laoghaire Baths, perfectly situated on the centre of the sea front, contain three pools; the principal pool being 146 feet by 30 feet, the children's pool being 90 feet by 50 feet and a baby's pool of elliptical shape 31 feet by 28 feet. There are 43 men's boxes, 127 ladies' boxes, a tearoom, lounge, laundry and offices. Provision for medical baths include hot water, shower, slipper, needle, seaweed, sulphur, alkaline and Russian (steam) baths. New baths are to be provided in place of the above at Dun Laoghaire at a cost of some £65,000. These will include a large swimming pool 300 yards by 100 yards, sun bathing benches, hot and cold medicinal and ultra violet baths, a large palm lounge for use as for a café, concerts and dances. It is also proposed subsequently to add warm salt water baths for winter use.'

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    O Mac

    • 24/Apr/2015 07:30:10

    Ha ! My home town...!! memories of many a happy day spent in the baths..... The two funnels are the ferries, Cambria(4) and Hibernia(3) , both served from 1921-1949.

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    derangedlemur

    • 24/Apr/2015 07:39:12

    I'm getting cold just looking at it - lots of peanut smuggling going on.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Apr/2015 08:27:38

    A Bing aerial view of the complex..

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Apr/2015 08:29:23

    This version of the baths was built in 1910.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Apr/2015 08:31:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Wow, you can identify the ferries from this?? That narrows it down to 1921-1930. Cloche hats on the ladies at left agree with that.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Apr/2015 08:48:15

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There's lots of pictures of the two here. (As well as a photo of a U-Boat in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.)

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Apr/2015 09:07:41

    The current state of the baths (well, 2008 is current enough): www.flickr.com/photos/johnnyghia1302/sets/721576259497962...

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    O Mac

    • 24/Apr/2015 09:30:48

    The ladies hats would suggest 20's . I wonder what the dividing screen on the RSJ was for?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/Apr/2015 16:32:24

    I showed this photo to a friend and she made two comments, firstly, how revealing the costumes were and secondly, that there were no overweight children to be seen.

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    John_A68

    • 27/May/2015 12:44:58

    Childhood memories

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    O Mac

    • 20/Jun/2015 23:24:47

    Possibly taken same day...The East Pier concrete shelters we see in the distance. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000523850 And this is what was going on behind the photographer. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000523813

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/May/2019 17:27:14

    Outdoor pool