Thursday Doors – More from Blackrock

More old properties from Blackrock, County Louth in this week’s Thursday Doors tour. This lovely red brick building, built in 1890, was once a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Barracks and was set on fire on the 4th August, 1920 during the Irish War of Independence. It was repaired and after the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922 became the local Garda Station up until 1976. It’s now a private residence and a protected structure. Apparently, it wasn’t originally built to be a police station but was leased from the owner by the RIC, that explains why it looks more like a residential property.

Lots of lovely old walls in Blackrock.
This one has been refurbished and extended but still has beautiful sash windows and ironwork.

Next, we come to a row of old beauties. Look at all those chimney pots, it must have taken the sweep a long time to clean them all. Every room probably had a working fireplace back in the day.

The two taller houses are protected structures but I don’t think the one on the left of the photograph is on the list of heritage buildings.

This one is called Stella Maris.

I couldn’t find a name for the house next door. Both of them were built in the mid 1800s and have Victorian features. The rear of these properties look out onto the sea. I don’t think anyone is living in them nowadays, which is a pity.

I’m not sure if the following house is lived in permanently or as a holiday home but it seems in fairly good condition from the outside. There are some wonderful outbuildings with this one.

I think the one with the circular window, which looks like a coach wheel, must have been a stables at one time. These buildings would make lovely homes or holiday accommodation, with the beach on their doorstep.

There aren’t many old properties left along this road so I think we should head back into the main street for one last look at the town.

There’s an interesting bench I’d like to show you, which is dedicated to Harry Montgomery (1909-1992) a founder member of the local credit union (1967).

Just look at that view. This was the first time I’ve been in Blackrock and found this seat empty. Are they some rare colourful birds out there on the sand? I don’t see them anywhere on the information panel.

No, they are a couple of kite surfers taking advantage of a windy day. They’ll have a long walk if they’re looking for the sea, it won’t be in for a quite a while. Blackrock is a popular beach for a variety of water sports as well as wind and kite surfing.

Well, that’s the last lot of the photographs from Blackrock for a while but there are many more Thursday Doors to be seen over on Dan’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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26 Responses to Thursday Doors – More from Blackrock

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tour, Jean. You are such an informative guide. Truly a pity that those lovely homes are vacant. I wish…ah, but it is not to be. Besides, I’d spend the rest of my days bringing them back to life.

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    • That’s so true and they are quite large and if it’s taking us this long to renovate our tiny cottage I dread to think how we would have managed a larger house. Although, we are trying not to borrow for it so as to stay debt free so we have to save first, then do a little at a time.

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  2. Junie-Jesh says:

    Haven’t seen kite surfing before. Looking at it, it’s not for me, The balance what one needs to have, when there are wind gusts, lol. The old walls and big bench at the beach sure give Blackrock a lot of ambience.Jesh

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  4. These are excellent photographs, Jean. I enjoyed this tour and your bits of information.

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  5. You’re right, these would make great holiday homes. I’d like the one with greying door, please. 🙂

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  6. jazzytower says:

    I like that that brick one is again residential. I wonder how much the Stella Maris is going for… I can dream, can’t I? That view of the sea must be awesome. Nice post.


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  7. I like the houses but the bench doesn’t look too comfortable. What a shame that no one lives in some of those.


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  8. Natalie says:

    Thank you, Jean, for the tour and photos. I like the stone wall, and the vacant house with the red door. #ThursdayDoors

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful buildings to a one. Such a lovely tour that makes me wistful for travel.

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  10. Teresa says:

    Thanks for taking me with you on your walk!

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  11. marianallen says:

    What beautiful buildings! And I do love the stone walls and the stone bench. With a view like that, I’m not surprised the bench is seldom empty. Those surfers are brave souls — I wouldn’t surf or water ski in any way, shape, or fashion unless I was wearing diving equipment. Not scuba — deep sea diving.

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  12. Jennie says:

    These are wonderful, Jean. I love the circular aqua door and the red door. The brick building is stunning!

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