The Shannon Fields

The Shannon Fields was a big open space before the planting of the beautiful trees and now the lovely walking path and exercise machines, but in times past people of another generation went there for picnics and swimming. The journey to the Shannon Fields began mostly via the Canal Bank. On Sundays it was thronged with families, the beaches of Kilkee and Ballybunion wouldn't get a look in.

The Babies Piss and Mud Hole

The most popular area for women with prams and young children was a safe area known as the "Babies Piss" so called for obvious reasons. Next to the "Babies Piss" was another spot called the "Mud Hole" where children played and covered themselves in mud, then jumped into the water and washed themselves down. This spot was just in front of where the new exercise machines are, but is now completely overgrown.

Gerard Real has since told me that in his time the spot was known as "Sandymount" have to say, that name does sounds a bit nicer.

The Table Rock

Farther down the Shannon Fields was another spot more popular with advanced swimmers, called the "Table Rock" it got its name from a large flat rock from which the swimmers would dive.

The Lagoon

Just near the entrance to the Shannon Fields near the Irish Estates was another picnic and swimming area called "The Lagoon", again only the better swimmers went in there as it was quite deep with only a few feet of ground.

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Mark Hanrahan | Reply 17.08.2017 16.07

I remember it as Sandymount also. I am 60 and used to swim there 50 years ago. I could reach table rock - just - but nearly drowned in the lagoon. Thanks.

Ann Liston 18.08.2017 18.06

Hi Mark, Sandymount is certainly more sophisticated, older generation called it the BP, sure you're only a young fellow. Glad you survived the Lagoon.

Gerard Real | Reply 30.10.2016 01.02

Ann, wonderful. Spent our happy childhood in the Shannon Fields. The Mudhole, we called it Sandymount. Learnt to swim in Table Rock and graduated to the Lagoon.

Ann Liston 30.10.2016 17.52

"Sandymount" is a much nicer name, certainly than those names I had heard it called. Great that you have such fond memories of those places in the Shannon Field

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