Thursday Doors – The Old Days, Blackrock


Before the big snow arrived and smothered Ireland to a standstill, I managed to capture some Thursday Doors shots of a lovely, characterful business premises in my native town of Blackrock. Belles Tea Rooms has two floors where you can sit and have a nice cup of coffee or tea, while looking out over the beach across the road. They have an unusual front door, with a mermaid on it and I love the colour they chose.


A few years ago, I launched the first book of my historical fiction series in the upstairs room of Belles and it was such a fitting location. Many of the events in the saga take place by the beach in Blackrock.


Here’s a photo of the main street taken from the top end of the village, with the sea lapping up against the wall.


The tide always goes out a great distance from the shore, which is a pain in the summer if you’ve come to have a nice swim. It’s a long trek out to find water deep enough to paddle in, let alone do the back stroke. Of course, if you live there, you’ll see the tide coming in twice a day, like any other coastal area. There is a large sandbank that can catch the unwary by surprise when the sea comes in around them. This has caused quite a few rescues and unfortunately some drownings over the years.


There used to be an outdoor sea water 50 meter pool in the village. It’s where I learned to swim but it was replaced by an apartment block some time ago. I suppose the indoor pools a couple of miles away in Dundalk offered a bit more luxury. Who wouldn’t prefer a warm swim in a cold Irish summer?


This is an old photograph of the main street and beach. You can see that some of the roofs are still thatched. I wonder was that fishing boat carrying any of my relatives, as we have fishermen on my mother’s side of the family going back as far as the late 1600’s. In the upper right hand corner of the image there appears to be some wooden swing boats. I remember as a child my sisters and I would pile into a brightly painted swing boat whenever the funfair came to Blackrock. In recent years they have been back there again and we’re hoping to have another ride in one this summer, although I doubt the four of us will be allowed in the same boat this time.

Well, that was Blackrock, past and present. Thanks for stopping by and taking an interest. If you would like to see a few more Thursday Doors, swing by Norm’s blog.


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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48 Responses to Thursday Doors – The Old Days, Blackrock

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    That was a wonderful tour, Jean. I love that unusual door on the tea room.

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  2. I love that blue door! You don’t see hand-carved doors very often, and the mermaid was an extra-nice added touch.

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    I love the mermaid door as well. The swing boats look like fun even if all four of you can’t fit in one.
    Go for it!!

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Thanks for the tour Jean. I love that mermaid door 🙂

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  5. sjhigbee says:

    What a FABULOUS door, Jean:))

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  6. That’s a beautifully unusual door, Jean. Thanks for the tour and I’d love to have tea there.


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  7. I love the color of tea room’s door and trim too in addition to the door, and the history.

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  8. Now, that’s an interesting door with a wonderful town history as well. Ireland – beautiful from any direction. 🙂

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the sweet tour, Jean. I love that door, and I really enjoyed the historic photos and the story of how this area has changed (and perhaps not changed) over time.

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  10. The first one is cool, in color and design! =) Stay warm…

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  11. Jean, would you do me a big favor and post the following comment on Amy’s (Bedlam and Daisies) blog? I keep getting a 500 Internal Serve Error (or words to that effect) and can’t post at all there. Thanks.

    I can’t leave a comment (Internal server error message), so I’ll try piggy backing here. I said:

    Quite impressive, Amy. I wonder whether Cruella ever lived here (a “101 Dalmatians” reference for anyone wondering what the heck I’m talking about.) 🙂


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  12. Jennie says:

    Delightful, Jean. How many doors have a mermaid? Not many! Love the old photos and history.

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  13. matt says:

    I would rather have tea in Starbucks

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  14. matt says:

    Blackrock seems like an exciting town the name indicates that cant wait to visit there

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    • It’s a great base to come back to if you’re touring the North East coast, Matt. The summer is busier but not too hectic and if you don’t have a car public transport is very good with trains going north and south from Dundalk.


  15. sydspix says:

    Loved this blog and would love to have a cup of tea at the tea room. Images are great!

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  16. jesh stg says:

    Yay, I think I solved my comment problem. Thanks for emailing me back! have a great weekend:)

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  18. I love that Art Nouveau door. I wonder how old that is.

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  19. I love this door as well and am glad that you had your book event here. Happy spring! It’s coming!

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  20. Enjoyed the old photos of Blackrock you were able to discover. It’s always interesting to see how a place has changed and how it hasn’t.

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