Sunday, April 13, 2014

L is for the Lookout


The Lookout is:

An open area overlooking Dungarvan Bay.

View from the Lookout by Colette's Deise Views
Photo by Bet I Can Get 5000 People Love Dungarvan
Where there is a plaque commemorating the lifeboatmen involved in the rescue of the Moresby. The ship foundered off Ballinacourty on December 24, 1895 with the loss of 20 lives.

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1947 saw the building of the Dungarvan swimming pool, at the Lookout. A saltwater pool, filled on the incoming tide, through a gate valve system, an innovation in its day. The pool was a big part of social life in the town for many years. A place my mother hung out and made her swimming debut.

Waterford Co. Museum
Waterford Co. Museum
Photo by Things You Miss About Dungarvan
The pool was closed in the 1970's as the system, now outdated fell into disrepair.
Photo by Colette's Deise Views
The pool area is a promenade today, where the views of the sea are ever changing.

Photos by Dungarvan Photo Album Old and New
The slipway at the Lookout has a long history. It has been and still is a popular launching point for sailboats, kayaks, motorboats, etc.

Photo by Things You Miss About Dungarvan
In the 1960's/1970's Paddy Kenneally, seen here at the helm, launched his boat from the Lookout on Sunday afternoons bringing day trippers to the Cunnigar.

Waterford Co. Museum
Photo by Bet I Can 5000 People Who Love Dungarvan
Always a popular spot for locals to meet and chat, between tides. Also a popular spot for courting couples, back in the not too distance past.
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4 comments:

Munir said...

That water is as blue as the sky itself.

Liza said...

That last picture is stunning!

Charity Bradford said...

Beautiful, and what a fun history. I loved the bit about the pool and feel it's sad that's gone. Times change though and the park area is nice for walking.

Carolyn Paul Branch said...

Oh my! What a lovely place! You make me want to book a ticket on the next flight.