Glenbrook, County Cork

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Gleann an Fheileastraim
A painting of the Turkish bath-houses and surrounding area of Glenbrook
A painting of the Turkish bath-houses and surrounding area of Glenbrook
Glenbrook is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°51′42″N 08°20′00″W / 51.86167°N 8.33333°W / 51.86167; -8.33333Coordinates: 51°51′42″N 08°20′00″W / 51.86167°N 8.33333°W / 51.86167; -8.33333
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

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 known for its deep-sea fishing, sailing club, restaurants and pubs. The Cross River Ferry at Glenbrook links the Owenabue Valley with East Cork, Fota Island and Cobh.


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.[1] and a beach in front of the houses. Passage West, which also has a maritime tradition, is next to Glenbrook and the two are somewhat indistinguishable as 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, commemorates this journey and is sited next to the Cross River Ferry in Glenbrook. The old railway line, once a method of transport ferrying customers to the summer resort town and the Turkish baths, is now a walking trail next to Cork Harbour. The path is used by locals and 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.


Glenbrook railway station opened on 1 August 1902 and finally closed on 12 September 1932.[2]

The Cross River ferry at Glenbrook

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  1. ^ Shifrin, Malcolm (2008). "Dr Curtin's Hydropathic Establishment: Glenbrook, Co. Cork". Victorian Turkish Baths: Their origin, development, and gradual decline. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Glenbrook station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-10-14.