Glenbrook, County Cork
Gleann an Fheileastraim
A painting of the Turkish bath-houses and surrounding area of Glenbrook.
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Glenbrook (Irish: Gleann an Fheileastraim) is a village in the townland of Lackaroe, between Passage West and Monkstown in County Cork, Ireland. Monkstown, Glenbrook and Passage West are three close-knit villages side by side along the harbour R610 route. Monkstown is well known for its 18-hole Golf Course, deep-sea fishing, sailing club, restaurants and pubs. The Cross River Ferry at Glenbrook conveniently links the Owenabue Valley with East Cork, Fota Island & Cobh which has magnificent scenery and heritage centres.
Glenbrook was originally a seaside resort with buildings like the Turkish Bath-houses which became established there. The first of these was the Royal Victoria Monkstown and Passage Baths, which opened in 1838. This was followed by Dr Timothy Curtin's Hydropathic Establishment. and a beach in front of the houses. Passage West, which is also steeped in history with its maritime tradition is right next to Glenbrook and the two are presently indistinguishable to anybody with knowledge of them because there is no obvious border between the two. It is from here that Captain Roberts set out and crossed the Atlantic in the first passenger steamship, "The Sirius". A plaque, along with a piece of the ship proudly commemorates this journey next to the Cross River Ferry in Glenbrook. The old railway line, once a bustling method of transport ferrying customers to the summer resort town and the Turkish baths, is now a pleasant walk offering scenic vistas of Cork Harbour. The path is often used by locals at all hours of the day and recently has been updated with informative signs at various points relaying information about the history of the region and the line with old pictures and descriptions.
- Shifrin, Malcolm (2008). "Dr Curtin's Hydropathic Establishment: Glenbrook, Co. Cork". Victorian Turkish Baths: Their origin, development, and gradual decline. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
- "Glenbrook station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-10-14.