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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

Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club - Bettystown County Meath Ireland
Laytown and Bettystown Golf Club
Bettystown, Co. Meath
Course Type: Links
Located on Ireland's scenic east coast just 30 minutes from Dublin, a superb links course designed by Robert Browne cradles a warm and welcoming clubhouse, offering full bar and restaurant facilities. All this adds up to one of Irelands finest an ...
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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

Newgrange & Knowth - Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre - Donore County Meath Ireland
Newgrange & Knowth - Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre
Donore, Co. Meath
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre interprets the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The extensive exhibition includes a full scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tom ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Slane Castle
Slane, Co. Meath
Set in the heart of the picturesque Boyne Valley on a magnificent 1,500 acre estate, Slane Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest and most beautiful castles. There are several fine churches to choose from nearby - including Rathfeigh Church, and ...
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