Thursday Doors – A Quiet Blackrock

On a recent trip to stay with my mother I found myself in a very quiet Blackrock, a seaside town in County Louth that I have featured before on Thursday Doors. Gone are the days when you could find roughly six hotels and forty boarding houses there but it still attracts lots of day trippers and tourists and is a great base from which to travel around the east and north coast area. The first image is of the sundial in the centre of the main street. On a sunny day it’s a lovely place to sit and take in the sea view.

Most of the shops are closed during another strict lockdown and sadly the tea rooms where I held my first book launch of the Irish Family Saga is gone altogether. The craft shop next door might be locked up (or should I say down?) but the online store is still open.

This next business has also found a way to keep operating, I’ve eaten there a few times and the coffee is delicious so it’s nice to see they are still serving it as a takeaway. Next time I visit, I hope the restaurant will be fully open.

The Clermont underwent some big changes the year before the pandemic. They serve a vast array of ethnic food, so there is something for every palate. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to sample the cuisine before the lockdowns began so as soon as I can, I’ll be paying them a visit. It must be so difficult for all of these businesses to keep going, we should really try to support them as much as we can when they are finally allowed to reopen. This building has been here since the mid 1800s, when it was known as the Clermont Hotel.

It’s the same story with The Brake Tavern, closed due to another lockdown. This was originally known as The Blackrock Hotel and built around 1845 to accommodate the many tourists who came to the village from the midland towns of Ireland and from as far away as Scotland, even in those days. At one time, in the early 1900s, it was owned by my great grandparents. It also serves delicious food and I hope to pay them another visit once they can reopen.

See if you can spot the fake in the next photo. I’ve featured this one before, so some of you might remember it.

It was quite a blustery day when I took these shots and the sea was fully in. I’ll leave you with a short video I took, to make this virtual tour more realistic for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I have a few more images from a quiet Blackrock for next week’s post but in the meantime Dan has links to some great Thursday Doors over on his 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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32 Responses to Thursday Doors – A Quiet Blackrock

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Lovely buildings. Like you, I hope they can make it through another series of lock downs. We have been supporting the restaurants we like with takeout orders throughout the pandemic, and I’ve been visiting the bars once a week since they were allowed to partially reopen – I know, sacrifice on my part. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for sharing the doors, Jean.

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  2. Rahi says:

    This is beautiful; thank you for sharing. It’s always good to see travelers and writers supporting small businesses as that has a potential to go long way.

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  3. Paul says:

    Those places look so colourful and inviting and I love the charity shop and craft shop frontages. I hope they survive lockdown ok. Blackrock looks a lovely place despite the weather.

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  4. Junie-Jesh says:

    Wow, forty boarding houses:) Love all your views – all cheerful looking buildings- , and would like to browse in the Crafty rock (couldn’t make out the last word).Blackrock looks great to visit! Jesh

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    Our weather looks much the same today – blustery. Good day to be inside having tea and biscuits. Hopefully soon!

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  6. Such attractive colors and I’m happy to see that some shops have been able to adapt. In the US, places that already had drive-through or takeout probably had the least trouble adapting. We try to support places as well, although nothing in-person or in-restaurant until my husband has gotten his second shot. But Arizona isn’t nearly as locked down as Europe!

    janet

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  8. Judy Davenport says:

    Patti is here at my house this week. Itโ€™s the first time we could be together since we got home from Ireland. We send our greetings and best wishes.
    I really enjoy your Thursday Doors,

    Warm hugs,
    Judy Davenport

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  9. Thanks for showing this Jean i recall growing up in rural Ireland there was a saying it was a bad day at Blackrock why i do not know probably the eternal rain or the coal dust in the air.

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    • There is an old movie with that title, set in America. Also, a book of the same name set in Blackrock, Dublin. I’m sure the saying means something bad happening on a fateful day. My Blackrock has seen it’s fair share of bad days, as many coastal towns have, tragic drownings sadly.

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  10. Lovely buildings and thanks for the video too.

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  11. jazzytower says:

    Wow, that video, you can really sit and take in the sea. Nice post.

    Pat

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  12. jazzytower says:

    Wow, that video, you can really sit and take in the sea. Nice post.

    Pat

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  13. So considerate to showcase so many places evoking warm memories to you.
    I hope they will make it through the Pandemic, Jean.

    Many thanks for the sound of breaking waves and the flight of gulls ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Jennie says:

    What a charming seaside town!

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  15. slfinnell says:

    My eldest daughter called to tell me about one of the restaurants in her city that fully reopened after exactly 1 year of only serving take out. She was still doing a take out order, but they were so busy it took her an hour to get her order and they had totally shut down the online order option. Quite a show of support from her community. I can only hope the same for the rest of the businesses out there. Such hard times! I decided with my own daycare to only have half capacity myself after all this. It’s just been too much. Look forward to more next week!

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