Thursday Doors – First of 2020

The Gaffer is looking forward to hunting out lots of interesting Thursday Doors for 2020, so I thought it only appropriate that he should be featured in the first photograph of this post. Here he is, checking out the seagulls on the beach at my native village of Blackrock in County Louth. This is where we found our first door of 2020.

The Clermont has been revamped since my last visit to Blackrock and looks very inviting indeed. They serve up an amazing variety of dishes and on my next trip I’ll be trying some of them out, for sure. Here’s a close up of those doors, I think that might be a beer garden at the rear.

The sculpture across the street is one of my favourites as my ancestors were local fishermen and cockle pickers. In their day, The Clermont was quite a thriving hotel. Blackrock was originally a small fishing village and by 1841 the population had reached 507 with 95 houses, mostly small thatched fishermen’s cottages.

However, by 1845 a lot of visitors were attracted to the area. Some came to ‘take the waters’ meaning they drank the seawater as well as making use of the hot saltwater baths that were believed to be very beneficial to one’s health.

Due to complaints about the lack of hostelries and stabling, local landlord Thomas Fortescue had several lodging premises built, The Clermont Arms being one of them. From the mid 1800’s Blackrock grew to become a popular holiday resort for visitors from all over the north east of the country, including many from Scotland. This may have been a help to local people during the years of the Great Hunger, giving some degree of employment. Today, Blackrock has over 3,000 inhabitants.

Some of the properties in the village haven’t changed much over the years. Can you spot the fake door in this next shot?

After all that bird watching and door hunting The Gaffer is ready for a nap.

Thanks a million for joining myself and The Gaffer for this first Thursday Doors post of 2020 and the new decade ahead.

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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20 Responses to Thursday Doors – First of 2020

  1. Sheree says:

    A cute dog, some lovely doors and an interesting tale – what more could we want?

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  2. marianallen says:

    The Gaffer is adorable! I didn’t spot the fake door; they all looked real to me. πŸ™‚

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  3. Happy New Year.

    Happy Door-Hunting, too!

    Neil Scheinin

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    The Gaffer is quite the cutie. I’m reading on my phone, and I can’t spot the fake πŸ™

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  5. The Gaffer wins the cute dog award of 2020! :-)…and the doors are cool, too.

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  6. Great start for the New Year, Jean! Loved seeing the Gaffer again!

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  8. Nice doors, but I have to admit those sculptures sure grabbed my attention. Hope the Gaffer had himself a nice nap to rest up from his door finding duties. πŸ™‚

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  9. joey says:

    I’m guessing the blue door in the gray building is the fake, as it’s not got anything posted in it, but if you hadn’t asked me to look, I wouldn’t have suspected.
    I like the sculpture.
    The Gaffer is soooo cute!

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  10. I wish you a great door year, Jean. I must say that I have not seen so many fake doors and windows anywhere else but on your pages. πŸ˜€ The Irish are a sneaky lot! I must remember this if I ever visit. πŸ˜‰

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