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.

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.
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.
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.
Thank you for browsing
Ann MacL

a j mccann 29.09.2022 14:32

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 14:48

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

Ann Liston 23.09.2022 15:17

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

Jack 22.09.2022 19:40

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

Jamie 31.08.2022 14:41

https://www.irishexaminer.com/property/homeandgardens/arid-40192749.html
Hi Ann, I spoke with you yesterday about this article on St Thomas island. Have a look

Ann 31.08.2022 18:37

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 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 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.

elaine 30.11.2018 15:17

ya well my late grandfather trained him in rugby all his life

Jamie 05.11.2018 13:33

Check out the otter near the Red Path last week
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMV1FXdIxUY

Ann 06.11.2018 18:59

Lovely footage Jamie.

Brendan O'Brien 06.01.2017 22:40

Just saw an old picture of my two brothers John and Mark O'Brien from Catherine Street. John won the Treaty Swim when he was 16. Thanks

Brendan O'Brien 28.11.2018 17:32

A cousin through marriage

elaine 28.11.2018 17:07

are you related to brian o brien

Gerard Real 30.10.2016 00:13

Well done Ann, great photos. The Red Path was a magical place. My dad Jimmy Real was great friends with your dad Nay Lysaght.

Gerard Real 30.10.2016 21:40

Thanks Ann, I remember your mother Rosaleen also and recall visiting the original house? many many years ago to see the magnificent array of birds kept there.

Ann Liston 30.10.2016 19:07

The Red Path Gerard was magical. Jimmy Real and my father were indeed great friends, I remember Jimmy well and of course not forgetting your mum Angela.

elaine 04.10.2016 15:54

true pat

Patrick Ambrose 12.09.2016 01:11

Sigh, just as I remember them, alas no more now, time marches on they say.

frank o'brien 22.08.2016 21:56

its fab.to know what the baths were like in bygone days

Mike Bourke 29.07.2016 20:51

Lovely memories, missed you all these years.

terry hickey 08.07.2016 01:45

thanks for the pleasure of seeing a time when limerick had so much to offer for free ,,

Catherine Keogh 25.06.2016 00:46

The Honour Never Happined Both Seán keogh and Jim Kemmy took sick and sadly both died. Rip Seán and Jim. Now Both Standing At God's Throne Among The Best.

Ann 25.06.2016 14:56

What a pity, nice though, that you remembered him here for all his good work, courage and bravery.

Catherine Keogh 25.06.2016 00:25

The late Jim Jemmy said that Seán never Honoured for what he has done with his courage and Bravery for Limerick and was about to start getting Seán
recognised.

Catherine Keogh 25.06.2016 00:09

Seán Keogh Caretaker of the Baths for Years Life Saver, Saved 29 lives taught countless children to swim, and never got a mention for his outstanding Bravery.

Ann 25.06.2016 14:50

As far as I know Seán was caretaker of Corbally Swimming Pool for 26 years, I remember Seán well also his wife, she was always so pleasant and nice to everyone.

Pat Ambrose 13.05.2016 17:34

Marcella's also had a cafe in Limerick city, on O' Connell St. where the O' Connell Grill was.

Pat Ambrose 13.05.2016 17:32

I can't rightly remember, but maybe around 1959 60s ish.
I remember my mother mentioning that they made the most divine ice-cream cones at the time.

Pat Ambrose 13.05.2016 09:00

Just discovered your page today via Paddy Collins page on Facebook.
What a find!
I think Marcella's ran the shop for a while also.

Ann Liston 13.05.2016 14:13

That's interesting Pat, never knew Marcella's ran the Pool Shop, any idea what date? Thank you, Ann

Kevin Kiely 12.05.2016 23:50

Fair play to you Ann,by you creating this wonderful collection of photos of days gone by,you are refreshing our memories of lazy,hazy,days of summers past.

Ann Liston 13.05.2016 14:34

Ah! thanks Kevin, don't know if they were that lazy and hazy, we were a fairly energetic lot on the Mill Road.

Teresa Cierans 12.05.2016 22:13

Ann fabulous photos. Can't find The Abbey Fishermen

Ann Liston 13.05.2016 14:15

It's there O.K. Teresa, just scroll down the page.

theresa daly 08.04.2016 06:22

lovely collection from that time

Ann Liston 08.04.2016 13:54

Thank you Theresa.

john connolly 13.08.2015 01:55

Ann,hope your keeping well ,words fail me,you have just brought me back to the happiest days of my life,I have great memories of you and your family .

Ann Liston 13.08.2015 22:46

Hi John, we had a great life on Mill Rd, so few families living here then, we all knew each other, as well as knowing every field, tree & blade of grass. Ann.

Pat Greene 04.07.2015 20:56

Wonderful memories Ann

Ann Liston 13.08.2015 22:34

Hi Pat, I have the fondest memories of you and Graham Kerr, two little Rascals. Best Wishes, Ann.

Michael Noble 28.06.2015 15:13

Great photographs! Any of the regatta races in the '70s & 80s?

Delia Clancy Cowles 21.06.2014 18:31

Fantastic! What a swim down memory lane. Thanks for sharing it.

Delia Clancy Cowles

Sean Ryan 25.04.2014 13:10

Limerick,Christmas Day Swim ,Corbally Baths + "There is an Isle" RIP Frankie O'Flynn.
Video from 25th Dec 2007
http://youtu.be/XCwVbNRxFQA
Well done great site.

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09.11 | 21:42

Yes just like the main history before the 2000s and the owners and things like that.

09.11 | 21:34

Hi Alesha, is there anything in particular you would like know?

08.11 | 19:05

Extra

08.11 | 19:05

Hi Ann, would you have information on the Corbally nursing home for a school project? Thanks :)