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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

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

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

Dundalk Farmers Market - County Louth - Fridays
Dundalk Farmers Market

The Square, Dundalk, County Louth - Fridays 10am-2pm.

Contact: Peter Thomas - 087 277 8538
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Tourist Attractions

Funtasia Bettystown - Bettystown County Meath Ireland
Funtasia Bettystown
Bettystown, Co. Meath
Among the many attractions and facilities Funtasia Bettystown has to offer the fairground rides prove to be the most popular, with white knuckle rides for the thrill seekers and gentler attractions for the less adventurous. Explore the jungle ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Nuremore Hotel & Country Club
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
This fine owner-managed country hotel just south of Carrickmacross is set in a parkland estate, with its own 18-hole golf course, and overlooks a lake. You approach over a little bridge (“Beware - ducks crossing”) and immaculately mai ...
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