The history of public baths in Cork began with the arrival of the Turkish Bath at Grenville Place in 1859 followed by two smaller baths for the 'Destitute Poor' on Maylor St and Warren's (now Parnell) Place.
These early baths in Cork were bankrolled by Dr Richard Barter, owner of the Hydropathic Establishment at St Ann's Hill, Blarney. Derided by the medical establishment yet hugely successful, the Hydro was in operation for over 100 years providing water cures to the gentry.
Incorporating oral testimony, field recording, live sound and hand-made mineral waters, Watery Notions explores the cold water treatments, shampoos and reekings of the St Ann's Hill Hydropathic Establishment.
Excerpt from About the Hydro 06.03
Excerpt from Impractical Hydropathy 10.44
Watery Notions was developed during a month-long residency at The Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland.
Thanks to Irene, Mick, Catherine and John at The Guesthouse Residency Programme, Cork.
Interviewees: Michéal O'Connell, Judy Kravis and Benny O'Sullivan, and special thanks to, Zwena McCullough.