Day 39 #100DaysOfOldDays
Also written for Marsha Ingrao’s PPAC #40 at Always Write.
The old seaweed bathhouse in Enniscrone has recently been given an eye-catching makeover. The snow-white and striking blue colours makes it stand out more than ever before.
I’ve always loved this old building. I think it adds a sense of nostalgia to the beach. It reminds me of a giant sandcastle, very similar to what I used to make when I was a child.
The old bathhouse was built around 1750. It closed in 1912 when Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths opened their new doors to the public.
Kilcullen’s bathhouse also has a eloquent feel to it. I often think of ancient Roman architecture when I see it. Perhaps this was the intention of the architect…given that during the fifth century bathhouses were an essential part of ancient Roman socialisation and culture.
Kilcullen’s still maintain the original Edwardian porcelain baths with their solid brass taps; creating an authentic atmosphere.
Unlike a lot of seaweed baths, Kilcullen’s pump their water fresh from the sea, making the bathing experience even more salubrious.
While a seaweed bath is very relaxing, people also use them to treat many health conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, general aches & pains, fungal infections, and skins conditions.
Seaweed is rich in iodine and other minerals such as zinc, calcium and potassium – all of which are easily absorbed by the body. We Irish people don’t get enough iodine from our diet and have low levels of it in our bodies compared to our fellow Europeans. Iodine is an essential element that is required by humans and all living matter. It is rare in much of our soil but is abundant in the sea.