Washing Pool / Linn Níocháin
This small pool, formed by a tributary of the river Maigue, was the traditional place for the women of Adare to wash their family clothes. It was also used as a watering place for animals.
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• Groups of women used to gather regularly here to wash clothes and talk about life in the village. Before the days of washing powder and detergents, these hardworking women did their washing on spittle stones in the stream bed, or by pounding the clothes with wooden beetles.
• The stream flows under a two arched bridge called the Droichidín (pronounced drehideen) - from the Irish for small bridge.
• The land for the Town Park and the thatched wooden gazebo were presented to the town of Adare by the Dunraven family in 1975.
• This avenue of chestnut trees is all that remains of an old entrance into the Dunraven estate. The avenue, which once led up to Adare Manor, is now part of the Town Park.
• The pool was restored and the banks paved by Limerick County Council and the Adare Tidy Towns Association during European Architectural
• Across the road from the washing pool is the fountain erected by Caroline, Countess of Dunraven, in 1844. It has since been a favourite meeting place for the people of Adare.
Location. 52° 33.85′ N, 8° 47.414′ W. Marker is in Adare, Munster, in County Limerick. Marker is on Main Street (National Route N21) just from Station Road (Local Route L1423), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Adare, Munster V94 TF10, Ireland. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Estate and Houses of Adare / Eastát agus Tithe Áth Dara (a few steps from this marker); Countess Dunraven Fountain (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Trinitarian Monastery / Mainistir Ord na Tríonóide (about 90 meters away); History of Adare Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Richard, First Earl of Dunraven (approx. half a kilometer away); Augustinian Friary / Mainistir na nAgaistíneach (approx. 0.6 kilometers away).
Also see . . . History of Adare, County Limerick. (Submitted on November 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.