ROMANESQUE BATH – LEIXLIP SPA AT LOUISA BRIDGE
In some of my posts I may have spelled Louisa incorrectly as Lousia.
There are not many bridges in Ireland named after women and to the best of my knowledge Louisa Bridge is the only canal bridge named after of woman. Louisa Connolly was the wife of Thomas Connolly of Castletown House and he was a Royal Canal Director.
The Spa Spring was unearthed by workmen digging the canal in 1793 and the company decided to route the warm spring to a shallow hexagonal shaped pond, and from here it flowed down the side of the valley to a romanesque bath.
The spa waters bubble from the ground at a constant 23.9 degrees Celsius (75 degrees F) and drain into the Rye River below.
I was under the impression that the Spa Spring and Roman Bath had been restored but as you can see from my photographs they are in poor condition.