Thursday Doors – Seaside

Continuing on from last week’s Thursday Doors, I have a few more images to share of the seaside village of Blackrock in County Louth. On one side of the street there’s the view above, a wide expanse of sea and sky. But if you can drag your eyes from those beautiful cloud formations and look at the opposite side of the street you’ll see some nicely maintained buildings.

I love how this Chinese restaurant uses a play on words for it’s name. I haven’t sampled the food there yet but intend doing so on one of my future visits to Blackrock. At the other end of the main Street there’s another hospitality establishment serving a slightly different menu.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin has been in business for many decades, changing hands over the years but retaining its original name. I love the artwork at the entrance. You can see at a glance what’s on offer, can’t you? The next image is an old photograph of the seawater swimming pool where my Dad taught me to how to swim and dive.

It was in the vicinity of Uncle Tom’s Cabin but has been replaced by an apartment block. Blackrock swimming pool opened in 1962 and was, at the time, the only 50 meter pool in the whole of Ireland. Its tiered seating could hold up to 800 spectators. Having closed in the 1980’s, it was demolished in 1995. What a loss for the community, especially as it’s not always deep enough to swim in the nearby sea. At the edge of the village there are some lovely houses that have been modernized while still, thankfully, retaining their character. These are two of my favourites.

I would have loved to buy a house in the village of my birth and my ancestors but it’s a very desirable place to live these days and way out of our price range. However, I’m so glad that I have family still living there and can visit regularly. As with many coastal locations, there is a price to pay for living in such a beautiful area. The sea isn’t always this calm.

There have been occasions when the briny water ventured across to the other side of the street. Everyone is on full alert with sandbags at the ready when there’s a high tide on a stormy day.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tour of Blackrock this week, thanks for coming along. For a great selection of Thursday Doors, take a trip over to Norm’s blog, enjoy.

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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25 Responses to Thursday Doors – Seaside

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful place. The restaurants look inviting and the sea looks mesmerizing. And the doors are nice, too.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    These are beautiful doors, Jean, but that top photo is truly stunning. That’s my favorite today!

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  3. Librarylady says:

    Hi, found you on Thursday Doors. The sweet little gray house looks like something out of a Beatrix Potter book. Thank goodness the residents understand what they have and didn’t remodel the outside.

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    I hope someday you can afford to buy a place in the town where you were born. It looks lovely.

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  5. sjhigbee says:

    Some lovely sea views in amongst the doors this week, Jean. Sorry about the loss of the swimming pool:(. Living in a seaside town, I know the sea all too often isn’t suitable to swim in.

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  6. TCast says:

    Variety of doors, Jean. They’re beautiful!

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  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    I’m with you on Chinese restaurants and their clever plays on words, that it as long as it’s not “Wok the Dog” of course πŸ˜‰
    Despite its obvious lack of doors that first shot is still my fave of the bunch. There’s something about an water/horizon shot with low hanging clouds that just captivates me.
    Great post Jean πŸ™‚

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  9. Prior... says:

    I did enjoy blackrock doors and the old home with updates is quaint!
    Sad about the pool because it would have been a
    community resource especially
    If the sea is up and down – and the art at uncle
    Toms cabin is well done –

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  10. slfinnell says:

    Pools are a wonderful thing for communities. We’re getting an indoor one in a year or so with a community center. Looking forward to it!! (we are so behind the times-sigh)

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  11. I loved the visit and the smile. The doors are nice, but I loved the window boxes and the Guinness mural. Your Irish tour today was a good one. πŸ™‚

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  12. sydspix says:

    Enjoyed both the old and the new pix. Looks like a great place!

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