Posted by Conor Cullen
A short history of Dun Laoghaire Baths
Plans for redevelopment?
Posted on March 13, 2013, in Architecture, Dublin, Environment, History, Ireland, Photography and tagged Dun Laoghaire Baths, Plans, Redevelopment. Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.
Great shots as always! 😀
Thanks Salim, I enjoyed looking at your work, the droplets are great!
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.
Nice set of photos.
Thank you very much.
Great ‘sploring! x
Ha! Thanks x
Been going through the links you posted, fascinating! So rich in history. The United States will never equal the history. Great photography too. 🙂
Thanks John! Pity we don’t have as much respect for history as perhaps we should.
Fantastic shots! JG Ballard would have loved these.
Thanks Richard, I’m taking that as a major compliment as I love his writing 🙂
wow – love them, Conor!
Thanks Sheila, I really appreciate that.
Great collection, Conor, and fodder for the imagination. Does anything in Ireland not ever look enticing?
Thanks Warren. There’s a lot of character here, that’s for sure!
Fabulous photos, love the one especially with the chair, very poetic
Thanks so much!
Conor! You have some beauties here!
Thanks a million 🙂
Amazing scenes Conor, well done!
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.
Wonderful photo set!
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.
Thanks! I agree completely, David. We lose a lot to “progress”.
Yep…that is it ‘Progress’. That old saying ‘one step forward and two back’ seems to apply!
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 …
Thanks so much 🙂
Thank You! It’s impossible to note changes all over the world, and it’s great to get glimpses through the eyes of those ‘living there.’ Always sad to wipe out part of a culture’s history.
Oh, yes! Just showed these to my builder husband as well (a Finn, if that matters!), who found your photographs as moving and striking as I did. Lovely grouping, this.
Thanks very much, I’m really glad he liked them too – especially with those Finns being notoriously cold and distant! (I jest!)
Oh no – you are spot-on. He’s different, because we’ve been together over 20 years and I’ve rubbed off on him a bit. But his relatives? Jeeeez-ahsss!! Jest away!
Beautiful shots!! I love Ireland, celtic land!! 😉 Congrats!
Thanks Javier 🙂
Cool urban exploring, I like the mood! The first one was quite dramatic 🙂
Thanks Nicola, it was fun. Also, in typical Irish fashion, it veered between sunny and snowing in just half an hour, so the skies were pretty dramatic at times too.
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.
That would be splendid.
Thanks very much.
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.
These photos are incredible. You do a great job composing your images.
Thanks Paul, I really appreciate that.
Just had a 2nd look – lovely!
I love the black and white imagery, Conor. Very atmospheric. Marvellous. Bless you.
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.
Thanks Jess. Yes, it’s certainly s shame how they have been let go.
Really expressive black and white photos. You did a great job. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!
Stunning black and white photos! Glad that I found your blog!
Thanks very much!
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.
Thanks very much. Ya, it’s a pity we can’t preserve and, where possible, still use what were once wonderful amenities.
Sure looks like a “golden” Place for photos!
Following from now on..
Ha! Thanks Bjorn 🙂
Nice place, and nice shots. Very atmospheric.
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 🙂
Powerful images! Amazing as always Conor! 🙂
Thanks a million Michelle! Need to get the camera out again soon 🙂 When are you guys setting off?
Just stating fact 🙂 I set off on June 7th and my friend is meeting me on the 22nd in Croatia. We arrive in Dublin July 3 🙂 Starting to get super excited!!!
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
awesome. huge fan of black and white.
Thanks very much!
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.
Thanks Brendan! For the kind words and sharing your memories. Hard for people like me to imagine how full of life and laughter it once was.
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