Spa Baths, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

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Where: Lisdoonvarna Enterprise Centre, Main St, Rathbaun, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland

When: Unknown

Happy smelly Monday as todays shot takes us to the beauty of West Clare, and the town of Lisdoonvarna - with its occasional reek of sulphur from the waters.

This beautiful shot from the lens of Mr. French shows the bath houses in pristine condition, with many people there relaxing and enjoying themselves.

(And congratulations to the Ireland team for their first ever victory against the mighty New Zealand All Blacks. Magnificent!)

Lots of brilliant insights on this image in the comments. Including a reminder that we've followed the Victorian fashion and "taken the waters" at Lisdoonvarna's other wells before today. This Lawrence Collection image captures just how popular a tourist activity it was - with dozens of seemingly middle-class visitors at their leisure. Presumably rented towels are drying outside the bath house, and musical entertainment is evident outside the pump house - confirming that the crowds came to Lisdoonvarna long before the music and matchmaking festivals....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Though likely after c.1890 based on the date of the main pump-house building.

NLI Ref: L_ROY_08778

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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