The Pollock Holes, Kilkee

31st January 2011
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pollock Holes, Kilkee, Co. Clare


Kilkee’s Pollock holes are a super-quirky feature of the Clare coastline – a deep set of rock pools that hold their water at low tide. In summer, the pools crawl with swimmers, though you might want to load up on Ready Brek before joining the hardy souls taking the plunge year-round.

The Pollock holes lie directly below the Diamond Rocks Cafe (where you can grab a warming cuppa after your ablutions), and nearby is Seamus Connolly’s bronze sculpture of Richard Harris with racquet in hand. Somewhat surreally, the maverick actor was Kilkee racquets champion from 1948-51.

Harris’s old terraced holiday home is marked with a plaque a few doors down. It was here, I’m told, that he went on to invent a new sport – haring down the driveway, hopping the cliff wall and plunging several metres into the rocky waters below. I presume he was well-insulated.