June 2014

Outdoor swimming pools are now a rarity in Ireland and if we had our way they would be preserved as national treasures. Bunclody outdoor pool is one of the best and is a great credit to the local community who run it.

When we visited the pool was full of children swimming, splashing and diving into this very attractive, heated facility. The pool itself is 25 metres long with deep and shallow ends. Alongside it there is a small splash pool for toddlers. The pool is fully enclosed with seats all round it and benches at one end. It is an ideal spot to bring your children. When we were there two attentive lifeguards were on duty.

The facilities are good with separate changing rooms and showers. Admission is 5 euro for adults and 3 euro for children. However, the season tickets for families which run from June to August are much better value. The pool is open afternoon and evenings with various classes held in the mornings. Beside the pool there are tennis courts, a small bike track and a childrens playground, all run by the same community group that look after the pool. So this is a great place for families and children. Well done to all concerned.

Directions : From Dublin take the M9 and leave it at exit 5. You then get onto the N80 and follow it all the way to Bunclody. As you come into the town watch for a sign post to the pool on the right.



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