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New book on Dún Laoghaire – From Dirt and Dips to Dryrobes

07. 07. 2021

Bathing in Dún Laoghaire through the ages

The coastal town of Dún Laoghaire has always had a strong historical connection with the sea. Over the years, local baths were central to the daily lives of the community. More recently, an increasing number of swimmers, young and old, have taken to the sea to reap the benefits for their physical and mental wellbeing.

Written by local resident Eileen O’Duffy “From Dirt and Dips to Dryrobes” traces the origins of baths and bathing from the 19th and 20th century baths and washhouses to the present day open sea swimming. It provides an insight into how these activities have changed to reflect society and the norms of the time, and includes fascinating images from the past and present.

Eileen commented:

I have been obsessed with the sea all my life and writing this book in my head for about the last 20 years! The book is finally written and the typesetting and layout are in progress. It will be ready to go to print when the funds are available. I am not looking for donations/pledges. Simply preorder From Dirt to Dips to Dryrobes to support the publication of this book. The book is a labour of love, a cost recovery, local community project.

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