The Swimming Pool (Corbally Baths)

CORBALLY SWIMMING POOL, GONE, BUT FOR THE STEPS AND THE MEMORIES (Photo: September 2022)

 Corbally Baths or the Swimming Pool as we locals knew it, was built in the late 1940s. It consisted of three large concrete steps and a platform with two safety railings and steps placed at each side to make it easy for swimmers to enter the water. People sat on the steps for hours on end, the place then was alive with the comings and goings of the swimmers.

 There were two children's paddling pools, a small drinking fountain, ladies and men's changing rooms and toilets, separated by a shop in the centre. The main swimming area was the Shannon river, and if you didn't mind the crowds, what could be more refreshing than to dive into the cool sparkling water and gaze through your wet eyelashes at the blue sky.

The caretakers of the Swimming Pool (Corbally Baths) in the early 1950's were: Mr. & Mrs. Gus Hanley next Mr. & Mrs. Ryan, last and probably best known and longest serving were Mr. & Mrs. Seán Keogh.

CHILDREN’S POOL - Close by is the children's pool, it was built in 1968. It would be difficult to say this pool was a success as more often than not it was polluted. It got a complete cleaning out a few years back. but it is back to nature again. It is now home to waterfowl and many aquatic and waterside plants like Forget-me-not, Marsh Marigold, Arrowhead, Pond Weed, Elodea, Hornwort, Water Mint, Water Lily and many more
THE SWIMMING POOL (Corbally Baths) - Painting by Rosaleen Bolger.

The Swimming Pool, To the locals, it was simply called "The Pool". This photo shows the shop in the centre and at each side the ladies and gents changing boxes and children's paddling pools.

Duffy's were the first people to have the shop in Corbally Baths. The lady serving behind the counter is Kitty O'Halloran (nee Duffy), her brother Billy Duffy and her young son Alf O'Halloran.
SHANNON SWIMMING CLUB - From left: Mae Clancy Swimming Coach, Mary O'Halloran, Ann Lysaght, Francis Walsh, Patsy Duggan, Rita Clancy, Nuala Clancy, Mary Green, Carmel Uniak, Dorothy Hagerty, Marion Healy, Front Row: Monica Moloney, Joan Cantillon, Mary O'Brien, Anna Gilligan, Bernadette Mullins, Michael Clancy.
CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM, CORALLY BATHS 1980. The swim was run by Thomond Swimming Club for 50 years, money collected on the day went to charity. Spectators: Deirdre, Laura, Rita and Daniel Gallagher, Damien Ryan, Pat Lysaght Jnr, Jason Hayes, Dan Gallagher, Jim Graham, Elsie Cowhey, Paddy Madden, Larry Sherin, Nancy McNamara, Barry O'Sullivan, Frank Keating. (Photo courtesy of Dan Gallagher).
SHANNON SWIMMING CLUB MEMBERS, CORBALLY 1960. Back row from left: Joan Cantillon, Bridie Hayes, Olive Galvin, Mary Mullins, Ann Lysaght, Evelyn Devane, Nuala Clancy, Bernie Anslow, Rita Clancy. Front row: Audrey McAuliffe, Elsie Gilligan, Mae Clancy (Swimming Coach), Mary O'Connor and Anna Gilligan.
CORBALLY SWIMMING POOL 1955. Papers strewn all over after a hot sunny August day. The young girls are: Left: Elaine Hanley (daughter of caretaker) with her dog Snowie and Ann Lysaght kneeling with neighbours dog Rowdy Kinsella.
Mr. Sean Keogh, caretaker, teaching some children how to swim.
SHANNON SWIMMING CLUB MEMBERS: From left:- Carmel Galvin, Rita Clancy, Nancy Cowhey, Mary O'Connor, Mary O'Brien, Alice Clancy and Mary O'Halloran.
CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM, CORBALLY BATHS 1959. Prizes being presented by Donogh O'Malley. 1st Peter Boland, 2nd Jim Graham, 3rd Dan Gallagher. (Photo courtesy of Dan Gallagher.)
CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM, CORBALLY BATHS 1962. John Earls, Donogh O'Malley, Jim Graham, John Cronin, Mickey Ryan, Eddie Gavin, Charlie Malone, Gerry Boland, Noel Ryan, Ger Ryan, Mr. Ryan, Austin Wallace. (Photo courtesy of Dan Gallagher).
CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM, Corbally Baths 25th December 1964. From left: Bridie Hayes, Monica Malone, Phyllis O'Carroll, Margaret Hayes, Joan Cantillon.
CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM, CORBALLY BATHS 1957. Tim Moore presenting 1st prize to Dan Gallagher. (Photo courtesy of Dan Gallagher).
SWIMMING GALA, CORBALLY BATHS 1962. In the crowd were: Ann Canty, Colette Price, Mrs. Lysaght, Rosaleen Lysaght, Aileen Gilligan, Mrs. Kitty Gilligan, Mrs. Nelly Clancy.
THOMOND SWIMMING CLUB, Munster Junior Water Polo Championships 1959. Back, Left to Right: Michael Ryan, Tommy Slater, Ger Boland, Jim Graham, John Earls. Front: Paddy McMahon, John Cronin, Dan Gallagher, Peter Boland.
THOMOND SWIMMING CLUB WATER POLO TEAM. Munster Championship Winners 1957. From left: Mickey Ryan, Gerry Boland, Tommy Slater, Dan Gallagher, John Earls, John Cronin and Peter Boland. (Photo courtesy of Dan Gallagher)
Michael Hanley with hands up and others swimming at the Millrace footbridge near Corbally Baths.
Presentation time Swimming Gala Corbally Baths 1960's. Faces in the crowd: Mae Clancy, Jim Graham, Frank Pendergast, Ann Lee, Jean McCarthy, Una Brockett, Mrs. McCarthy, Mike Hartnett, Gerry Moore.
Swimming Gala Corbally Baths 1955. Faces in the crowd include: Elaine Hanley, Ann Lysaght, Denis O'Shaughnessy, Bernie Spain, Denis O'Keeffe, Frankie Kearney, Denis Noctor and Gabrielle Tobin.
SWIMMING GALA, Corbally Baths 1955
Corbally Baths. The big freeze 1962/63.
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a j mccann | Reply 29.09.2022 15:32

thank you for your very informative and interesting website, do any pictures of the bishops palace on the mill road exist?

Ann 30.09.2022 15:48

Surely there must be some, but none that I know of, it would be great to see some pictures of the palace.

Ann Liston | Reply 23.09.2022 16:17

Thank you Jack, so pleased to hear it was useful for some school projects.

Jack | Reply 22.09.2022 20:40

Thank you very much to the creator of this website, have found it very useful for school projects in History, Irish, and Geography...

Jamie | Reply 31.08.2022 15:41

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Hi Ann, I spoke with you yesterday about this article on St Thomas island. Have a look

Ann 31.08.2022 19:37

Thanks Jamie for link, lovely to read the article again. Yes, as you said, 200 W & C taken off the Island, full story might be in History of Limerick by Lenihan

Deirdre | Reply 06.03.2021 10:01

Wonderful page Ann, can I share it on FB. You could write a book alone on the baths..would be lovely for your journal. If you need any prints done, email me.

Ann Liston 06.03.2021 15:40

Thanks Deirdre, you can share on FB if you wish.

Brendan Mac Kernan | Reply 20.01.2019 20:26

I am afraid that your fine information board at the Corbally Baths was smashed by local vandals last night. It was intact, when I passed it before 5pm y'day.

Ann Liston 20.01.2019 21:29

Saw it this afternoon Brendan, what a shame, it took a long time to have it put up, but it didn't take long for valdals to break it down.

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Surely there must be some, but none that I know of, it would be great to see some pictures of the palace.

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29.09 | 15:32

thank you for your very informative and interesting website, do any pictures of the bishops palace on the mill road exist?

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Thank you Jack, so pleased to hear it was useful for some school projects.

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22.09 | 20:40

Thank you very much to the creator of this website, have found it very useful for school projects in History, Irish, and Geography...

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