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

Knockabbey Castle and Gardens - Tallanstown County Louth
Knockabbey Castle & Gardens
Tallanstown, Co. Louth
Also known as Thomastown Castle, the earliest part of the building dates back to 1399 and this tower house played a part in the strategic defence of the northwest corner of the Pale. A Georgian and later a Gothic wing were added, and the old towe ...
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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

The Cottages - Self Catering Cottages - Bettystown County Meath Ireland
The Cottages
Bettystown, Co. Meath
Traditional thatched cottages were once very typical of this part of Ireland and, although the six that make up this beach-side hamlet look so immaculate that you could be forgiven for thinking they are new, they are actually about 300 y ...
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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

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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

Ghan House - Wedding Venue - Carlingford County Louth Ireland
Ghan House
Carlingford, Co. Louth
Conveniently located just an hour from Dublin or Belfast airports, the Carroll family’s 18th century house is attractively situated in its own grounds on the edge of Carlingford village, with romantic views across the lough to the Mountains ...
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