Old Carlow Swimming Club dressing rooms.
(Image by "Carloman" c2004)
The building of the Swimming Club was
overseen by the building firm of Dan Carbury with support of voluntary
labour, guided by Mr. Harding of Tullow Street, Carlow circa 1942. He has the plans etc. for same. The base for the
diving board remains intact on the Graiguecullen side of the barrow
track. Last summer there were many young swimmers still swimming in this
area, with the more adventurous diving from the new pedestrian bridge
adjacent to the Swimming Club site, known locally and unofficially as
the Jimmy Murnane Bridge. It is considered unsafe to dive from the
bridge as sometimes the river might not be deep enough, but I suppose
where there is danger there is challenge.
- Old Carlow Swimming Club dressing rooms
designed by Jim Bolger of 11 Roncalli Place, Carlow. He died on
23rd Sept 2002 aged 85 years
Source: Michael Purcell & 'Carloman' c2007
Model of the New Carlow Swimming Pool
The model of Carlow's new £40,000 swimming pool
which is on display in Hadden's window, Tullow St., this week. Holding
the model are assistants Tom Dunne and Horace Swift.
This is what the new Carlow Swim Pool will look like when the work
now in progress is completed. The town’s present “facilities” for
swimming are three rivers none of which have the approval of the
medical authorities. The Swimming Pool Association informs us the
toddlers pool will be completed simultaneously with the Olympic size
large pool and dressing room accommodation for 360.
All of this of course depends on the response to the present fund
raising efforts by the Association. They need £1500 for the toddlers
pool and £2000 to complete local contributions to the larger venture.
So far the larger contributions are Muintir na Tire; £250; matched by
an anonymous donor. (another £250); Messr Crotty’s Bakers; £50 and
Mercy Convent , £25. All subscriptions of any size are welcome.
This item appeared in the Nationalist on the 1st
August 1969 and was discovered by Peter Walker c.2016
Graiguecullen Swimming Pool.
- In the picture is Fr. Jim O'Connell
overseeing the first swimmers to enter the new pool in Graiguecullen
when it was filled with water on Wednesday. From left: Michael Woods,
Tony Kirwan, Fr. Fingleton, PP. Graiguecullen and John Lyons
Graiguecullen Swimming Pool, Leighlin Road, is
a modern facility situated in the historic building which was formally
the old National School. A major local fundraising drive, under the
leadership of Fr John Fingleton and Fr. Jim O' Connell, enabled the pool
to be opened on the 1st June 1994. It is a fully heated,
25 metre public facility, where visitors are most welcome.
Killeshin Swimming Club:
This very successful Club was founded in
1982. At that time the Club had to travel to Athy Swimming Pool and
quite a considerable amount of organisation and fund raising was
necessary. Today in 1999, due to the foresight of Fr. John Fingleton
P.P. and former Curate Fr. Jim O'Connell, the Club enjoys the wonderful
facilities of Graiguecullen Indoor Heated Swimming Pool. The site for
this Swimming Pool came about as a result of the amalgamation of the two
primary schools in Graiguecullen, leaving a fine site for the
development of a new Swimming Pool for Carlow and environs. Children
from Killeshin Swimming Club attend formal lessons on Friday evenings.
Children can continue in the Club when they progress to Secondary
School. There is a modest membership fee. Instruction is provided by
qualified instructors and a host of voluntary committee members are on
hand to help in every way possible. Full details may be obtained from
any committee member.
- Christmas Swimmers in December 1971in the Barrow with
- Joe Egerton, Jimmy O'Neill, John O'Shea, Ollie Racey Byrne, Pat Foley
and Maurice Nolan
Sent in by Alan McGrath via Facebook
Cannon Kenneth Ruddock
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