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.
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.
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.