(Image from author’s collection, taken in 2011)
A traditional swimming place that is still a tourist attraction. Not a pool for lap swimmers or competitive swimming, but useful protection from the Atlantic waves. Near a cafe and a car park with steps leading out to the rocky shore and the pools.
Seabathing lodges or salt water lodges at Kilkee were in use during the bathing season.
A paddle steamer service from Limerick to Kilrush brought visitors to the fishing village of Kilkee and helped popularise it as a bathing place.
Kilkee was a village and a popular bathing place for residents of Limerick.
1840s and 1850s
Kilkee was a small town and a recognised watering place.
Author, Charlotte Bronte, visited Kilkee on her honeymoon in 1854.
1880s and 1890s
Kilkee was an established and fashionable summer seaside resort.
The Pollock Holes were promoted as natural swimming pools, where swimmers could enjoy diving off the rocks.
2000 to 2015
Kilkee is still a small town and its Pollock Holes are still considered a tourist attraction.