Edwardian Seaweed Baths
I recently had the pleasure of accompanying a group of 24 young men on a mission to defeat a local Gaelic team on a weekend trip to the quaint coastal village of Enniscrone, Co Sligo, in the depths of winter, a typical wet and grey November; Enniscrone still appeared to retain an element of “seaside village” loveliness. After a dismal afternoon of sideline supporting, face numbing activity I was delighted to discover the extraordinary setting of “Kilcullens Seaweed Baths”, an Edwardian building that opened for business in 1912 and to date has retained all its original charm. As I submerged myself reluctantly into the floating seaweed, I started to reminisce about the previous occupants to this steaming 19th century porcelain bath. The well preserved sash windows, large brass taps and authentic glazed tiling gave a sense of being transferred to another era. After an hour of detox and relaxation, unfortunately, it was time to programme my ” time machine” back to “reality” and “2014”.