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Blackrock, Co. Louth

Blackrock is a pleasant seaside town in County Louth with impressive views north over the beach and Dundalk Bay towards the Cooley Mountains. Since the late 1960s, Blackrock has expanded significantly and has become more of a suburb to Dundalk. With the opening of the M1 Motorway to Dublin, there has been another wave of expansion and it is also becoming a commuter town with access to North Dublin.

Blackrock beach and its promenade is still the focal point of the village and the site of an annual Raft Race, as well as several other events throughout the year.

In common with a number of east coast locations, the beach has a very small gradient and the sea retreats about 5km at low tide. The exposed seabed is a mixture of sand and mud flats. It is a suitable and fertile habitat for a variety of wader birds, including brent geese and dunlins. Even at High Tide, the Water level is only about 1m out to the channel, and the front is becoming popular as a safe sailboarding venue.

More recently Kitesurfing is becoming more and more popular in the area. Its an ideal location for learning when the tide is out and when the tide is in because of the shallow depths and more often than not, flat water.

There are also several of the East coast's and Ireland's finest championship links golf courses nearby.

Gardens

Listoke Gardens - Drogheda County Louth Ireland
Listoke Gardens
Drogheda, Co. Louth
Listoke is that happy combination of a mature but still evolving garden covering 6 acres. Twenty five years ago landscape gardener Patricia Barrow decided that she would put the Edwardian garden back to its original state and, as she says, it&rsq ...
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Golf

Greenore Golf Club - Greenore County Louth ireland
Greenore Golf Club
Carlingford, Co. Louth
Course Type: Links & Heath
Greenore Golf Club is a magnificent course that was founded in 1896 and is situated in the picturesque Cooley Peninsula in North County Louth, at the foot of Slieve Foy Mountain and on the shores of Carlingford Lough. An excellent test of Gol ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Tankardstown House & Cottages
Slane, Co. Meath
Tricia and and Brian Conroy’s magnificent Georgian country house with cottages is available to hire for an exclusive stay or to host a private house party (maximum sixty guests). Set in parkland near the charming village of Slane in Coun ...
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What's On

Monaghan Farmers Country Market - Co Monaghan - last Saturday each month
Monaghan Farmers & Country Market - Last Saturday of month, 9am-1pm

Castleblayney Livestock Salesyard, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan

Contact: Maura Nugent - 042 974 ...
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Tourist Attractions

Old Mellifont Abbey - Drogheda County Louth Ireland
Old Mellifont Abbey
Drogheda, Co. Louth
Mellifont Abbey resides on the banks of the River Mattock and was the first Cistercian monastery to be built in Ireland, founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh. The Abbey became the model for other Cistercian abbeys built in Ireland, with it ...
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Wedding Venues

Tankardstown House - Wedding Venue - Slane County Meath Ireland
Tankardstown House
Slane, Co. Meath
Whether for a short break, a special occasion, a good meal or just a light bite and a browse around the garden and gift shop, this lovely period property near Slane is well worth a special visit. Arriving at dusk with the courtyard fountain, ...
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