Man dies in Merrion Baths

Published: 4 July 1913

At the Coroner’s Court today an inquest was held into the death of Christopher Curtis, aged 20, who died while swimming at the Merrion Baths. Curtis, a cellar man at the Gaiety Theatre, was in good health, but not even his Father could say whether or not his son could actually swim. On entering the pool, Curtis was seen to quickly sink. John Bennett, who was swimming at the time, pulled Curtis’ body to the surface and attempted to revive him. The Coroner recorded a death by drowning, but also criticised the Baths' management for its poor provision of poolside attendants. At the time Curtis drowned there were two men and a boy in attendance, but one of these, Michael Timmins, admitted to the Coroner he could not swim. The Coroner remarked that ‘you would expect that one of the essentials in a bath attendant would be that he would be a swimmer’.

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