Bagenalstown Outdoor Pool and River Swimming Area
We don’t have half enough outdoor pools in Ireland so the heated outdoor pool in Bagenalstown is to be welcomed and commended.
The pool is run by Bagenalstown Swimming Club and is an excellent facility, well maintained , with changing rooms and showers. The pool is open June to September with visitors welcomed alongside members.
A few hundred metres down the road is another swimming spot, located at a weir on the impressive River Barrow. Access into the water is down a wide new slipway. The river water here is dark and cool and nice to swim in. But you need to be careful as the weir is close by. If the water is flowing anyway fast it looks like a place to be avoided.
This area is well maintained with a nice green area and a small number of parking spaces.
Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months
From Carlow you travel on the M9 and take exit 6 signposted Leighlinbridge. You travel on this R705 road and the outdoor pool is on your right hand side just before you come to Bagenalstown.
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 61