Blackrock

The town of Blackrock is situated on the southern end of Dublin Bay. It is on the Dart line and is approximately twenty minutes drive from the city centre. Blackrock began as a popular seaside resort in the eighteenth century, and gets its name from the black rock that lies offshore.

The Blackrock baths can still be seen on the wateredge, bathing was a very popular pastime in the eighteenth century. These baths were used during the Tailteann Games and the ‘Sandycove Galas’ where diving champion Eddie Heron gave exhibitions. They have been out of use for a number of years now.

An ancient cross still stands in the main street of Blackrock which dates from the eighth or ninth century and may have been used as a burial slab during Early Christian times. This cross is one of the oldest of the so-called Fassaroe Crosses. There is a motif on one side and a human head on the other side. The cross belonged to the Cheevers and Byrne families (linked through marriage), and was used as a boundary marker for the city jurisdiction limits.


Blackrock Park was built around 1883 and is a Victorian Park. It features a band stand and has a very distinct design and structure with internal spaces, trees, plants at various intervals throughout and has steps and sloping paths converging around the lake in the centre. It also features a 13 feet high sculputure named ‘Cutout People’. It was designed by Dan McCarthy and is a very intriguing work that can be viewed from many angles. Patterns on the people represent the shadows thrown from the sun. This pleasant green area overlooking Dublin Bay boasts a well equipped children's playground. The town boasts the famous Blackrock College, whose past pupils include Eamon de Valera and rock star Bob Geldof.

Two plaques mark the famous dwellings of Lord Edward Fitzgerald (a memorial stone marks the site of his house 'Frescati' on the corner opposite the park), and James Joyce (a plaque marks the house on the corner of Carysfort Avenue and Mount Merrion Avenue).

If you are into art there are plenty of galleries in Blackrock to choose from; Apollo Gallery, Millrace Gallery, Temple Gallery, Waldock Art Galllery. Blackrock Market, historically a coach inn is one of Ireland's most successful and best run weekend markets. It combines a broad range of fine art, modern art, furniture collectibles, hand crafts and soft furnishings and with an eclectic mix usually only seen in traditional European flea markets.

Blackrock offers excellent shopping value and entertainment, with plenty of clubs, pubs and restaurants to choose from.

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