Ballinakill Outdoor Pool

August 2011

Ballinakill pool looks like a fantastic community facility in a county not renowned for its swimming locations… but, unfortunately, it was closed on a dull, but dry August day when we arrived.

We are unclear who runs the pool. It looks like a local, community effort although it is also mentioned on the Laois County Council website. It is open during the summer but when we were there the notice on the locked gates said it was closed due to the 'inclement weather'.

From what we saw looking over the wall the pool is about 25 metres long and with a shallow toddlers pool at one end. The water looks lovely and clear and the whole site appears to be well maintained. And, according to the County Council website, the water is heated, which must be an important added attraction.

The pool is a great credit to the local community, just make sure you check that it's open before you go there.

UPdate June 2014

weve just been informed that the pool is to reopen on July 6th which is good news for local swimmers. check locally for opening times.

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From Dublin take the M7 as far as Exit 17 and then get onto the N8 for Abbeyleix. In the middle of Abbeyleix there is a left turn onto the R430 signposted Carlow. You travel on this road for a couple of kilometres and watch out for a right turn onto the R432 signposted Ballinakill. As you come intoBallinakill watch for a signpost for the swimming pool


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