Thursday Doors – AOH Hall, Blackrock


This green Thursday door belongs to the Ancient Order of Hibernia hall in the seaside village of Blackrock, where I was born. One of my mother’s relatives was contracted to build it in 1919 at a cost of £2,500. The hall, with its dance floor and gallery, was a favourite for local and visiting dancers, and a venue for theatrical performances. Today, it is no longer in use but there was talk of it being made into apartments some years back. I would like to see it being put to good use but I hope it keeps it’s original appearance.


Source 1


When the weather gets nicer I’ll spend a day capturing Blackrock’s lovely doors but in the meantime, this is a sample of some of my favourites. Although it’s on the east coast, the village gets some amazing sunsets.


But I took that photo a few weeks ago. The days have been quite grey and full of sleet lately.


This is a photo of the buildings on the main street looking out over the sea. It’s where I spent my childhood summers, staying with my grandparents in the white house on the left-hand side of the image. Even on a grey rainy day, this place appeals to me. As a child, I loved listening to the sea as I lay in bed at night (whenever the tide was in) and I still find that sound so relaxing. Now I bring my own grandchildren here to play on the same beach and they enjoy it at any time of year.


Here’s what the village looked like in the past when some of the roofs were still thatched.

Blackrock Hotel scaffolding


I hope you enjoyed our trip to Blackrock this week. For a great selection of interesting Thursday Doors, surf on over to Norm’s blog and click on the blue ‘frog’ at the end of his post.

Source 1 Blackrock Village Heritage



About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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34 Responses to Thursday Doors – AOH Hall, Blackrock

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    For those of you who were raised by the sea, the sea will always call to you. I love that you are passing on those seaside memories down to your grandchildren, the same way yours were captured staying with your grandparents 💕

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Some traditions are worth passing on through the generations. Appreciating the sound of the sea is certainly one of them. I loved this Jean – thanks for sharing 🙂

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    That sunset picture really is amazing!

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  4. jesh stg says:

    So you have at least one builder in your family! Great you enjoy your birthplace. Don’t know what it would be to feel connected to my birth place (Indonesia). I would first have to travel half way around the world:). Is there a book in your experience of it now?

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    • That’s quite a distance to your birthplace, Jesh. I’ve used mine as the setting for most of my books. It’s great that I live nearer to it now.


      • jesh stg says:

        Am happy that I live in a Western country, my personality is too forceful for Asian culture.
        Yeah, guess why one of my expertise in counseling was “cultural adjustment!”
        Is it true that writers in general write about “what they know?” Or only some?

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        • It’s supposed to better to write about what you’re familiar with, or at least become familiar with your subject/topic. I used google earth to ‘walk’ around a place in South America so I could use it as a setting in a book. I also put my hands in the freezer to experience extreme cold for a scene set in Antarctica, lol, that was uncomfortable.


  5. prior.. says:

    I really like the yellow door with the black building – and your history tidbits are fun.
    and hoping you get some nice weather very soon…

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  6. Mel & Suan says:

    Wait a minute. 2500 pounds to build the door? That’s an expensive door for 1919!

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  7. Nice doors but even better memories. 🙂

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  8. marianallen says:

    Stunning pictures! And, oh, I loved those buildings: the inn with its birds and barrel and the beautiful blue with the musical notes floating into the sky.

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  9. klara says:

    what a nice piece of family history!

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  10. Jennie says:

    The Ancient Order of Hibernia is alive and well in Philadelphia, PA. So good to see a door post on this.

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  11. pattimoed says:

    I love to hear the story of your grandparents in this post! Wonderful. It’s great that you take your grandchildren here too.

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  12. It’s such a blessing to be able to bring your grandchildren back to a place that is special to you from childhood, Jean.

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  13. sydspix says:

    Looks like a great place – I can see why you have wonderful childhood memories.

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