Dun Laoghaire Baths

A short history of Dun Laoghaire Baths

Plans for redevelopment? 

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Posted on March 13, 2013, in Architecture, Dublin, Environment, History, Ireland, Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.

  1. Great shots as always! :D

  2. Looks like a great place for photos, sad that they are going but glad some part of the buildings is being kept…

    • I have been interested in the place for a while, but it’s always locked up (and rightly so, it is a dangerous spot now). But when I stopped in Dun Laoghaire a few days ago I noticed a Conor-shaped gap (long and narrow!) between the gates and took advantage. It’s sad to see it that given its former glory. Hopefully they actually follow through with a meaningful plan for it.

  3. sendyourmoneyhere

    Great ‘sploring! x

  4. Been going through the links you posted, fascinating! So rich in history. The United States will never equal the history. Great photography too. :)

  5. Fantastic shots! JG Ballard would have loved these.

  6. Great collection, Conor, and fodder for the imagination. Does anything in Ireland not ever look enticing?

  7. indiaalexandra

    Fabulous photos, love the one especially with the chair, very poetic

  8. Conor! You have some beauties here!

  9. Amazing scenes Conor, well done!

  10. So expressive. You can feel desperation in parts. It looks like an incredible place to shoot. Especially with the black and white. You can feel all the shadows.

    • Thanks Kate. It was a good place to shoot, if a little eerie wandering around there on your own! Probably would be better on a bright day, but I said I’d take the chance when it presented itself.

  11. A great shame that time, weather and perhaps fashion has lead to the demise of many of the outdoor swimming pools…once the height of fashion, many in Art Decor styles lost, many for concrete block houses with little architectural merit. The real sad part is that they were once so busy, I have seen old photographs and post cards where they are just packed with folk. At least you have a record for posterity….great series.

  12. The first two images take my breath away! I wish they’d leave these the way they are, to allow time and tide to shape and form what comes next …

  13. javierpfotografia

    Beautiful shots!! I love Ireland, celtic land!! ;-) Congrats!

  14. Cool urban exploring, I like the mood! The first one was quite dramatic :)

  15. Wish we could reverse time and go back to the public swimming baths in 1790 at Dun Laoghaire to enjoy the way it should have stayed.

  16. I think I might actually have seen you squeezing through the gap! I was walking by and saw two men, one with a camera, squeezing through the mesh.

    • Hey there. No, wasn’t me, as I was on my own, but I’m sure plenty of people took advantage of the “lapse” in security :)

      • Ah, oh well – the photos are great. Been curious about the inside since I was tiny – someone has a video up on youtube too of the interior by the way.

  17. These photos are incredible. You do a great job composing your images.

  18. Just had a 2nd look – lovely!

  19. I love the black and white imagery, Conor. Very atmospheric. Marvellous. Bless you.

  20. I used to love swimming here as a child, minutes from where I grew up. Always makes me sad to see the state they’ve fallen into. Wonderfully atmospheric photos.

  21. Really expressive black and white photos. You did a great job. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

  22. vivozhouphotography

    Stunning black and white photos! Glad that I found your blog!

  23. Wow! Fantastic pictures! This reminds me of a similar place on the Pacific Coast in San Francisco called Sutro Baths. They keep erasing the remnants, though – sadly.

  24. Sure looks like a “golden” Place for photos!
    Following from now on..

  25. Nice place, and nice shots. Very atmospheric.

  26. Breathtaking! Quite amazing to witness time and nature’s force weathering and transforming the landscape, the bricks and mortar, through your photographs. That’s exactly the sort of exploring I would have been drawn to! Such a lonely yet resilient mood captured in these shots …

    • Thanks Jacqueline, I agree, places like that are very interesting. I also think I may have to get you to write some descriptions for my photos – you are far better at it than I am :)

  27. Powerful images! Amazing as always Conor! :)

  28. Fabulous captures Conor! Really enjoyed this post. I’ve actually missed your posts some how. WordPress says I’m still following you, but for some reason your posts have been showing up in my email or my reader. Hmmmm. Hopefully I’ll see all of your future posts. I always enjoy your adventures and images! Blessings, Robyn

  29. awesome. huge fan of black and white.

  30. Great shots! Beautiful, powerful images. So many memories….1962, learning to swim. My dad in his black coat standing beside the ladder. Otter swimming club. My brother shouting, all the noise and laughter. The girl in the white swimming suit! All ghosts now, all gone.

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