Blackrock Pumpkin Carnival

Blackrock Pumpkin Carnival

Come along to the annual VisitBlackrock Pumpkin Carnival on Monday 30th October and see one of the largest pumpkin displays in Ireland. We have some Halloween treats, music, facepainting and a spooky “Black Walk” for kids and adults to enjoy.

6:30pm – Pumpkin Display – Bring Your Own Pumpkin @ the Sundial

6:30pm to 7:30pm – Pumpkin Carnival – Trad Halloween Fayre / Music / Facepainting

7:30pm – The Black Walk – Fancy Dress (Kids and Adult) walk to the beach for a scary surprises.

This is  free family friendly gathering organised by the Blackrock Tourism and Development Group. 

Sponsored by Fyffes

 

 

 

 

Thank You Blackrock.

Thank You Blackrock.

Dear Blackrock,

On behalf of the Blackrock Tourism & Development Group , we wanted to express our delight and gratitude to our sponsors, local businesses whom hosted the events  , The Clermount, The Neptune and Danny Hughes , to Blackrock Tidy Towns volunteers, to every visitor  and to the community at large for coming , participating and supporting our very first Blackrock Film Festival.

4 movies on 4 Nights in 4 different venues, one movie had to be shown twice due to popular demand, all movies came with some extra special entertainment including Daniel Fagan playing the entire score of Charlie Chaplin’s classic “The Kid” live on piano in the authentically decorated room in Danny Hughes / Beat It Music Shop, and for “Some Like it Hot” in the Clermount , the Castlebellingham Ukelle Orchestra played 1920’s tunes with vocals from Helena Mullins dressed as our Marilyn look a like and  Damien McShane as Daphne ,aka Jack Lemmon on the Bow Fiddle . The Neptune turned their outdoor beer garden into a Cinema serving popcorn and cocktails , to the music of The Commitments, while our Beach lent itself to the most fantastic cinematography backdrop for ” Pirates of The Caribbean ” with the committee members along with their small team of stewards working diligently to transform the beach into a real life Pirate port . Dundalk Mens Shed made the giant mast on the beach  which was lit up and looking magical for the event .The whole festival literally had a red carpet feel with paparazzi photographers David Norton and Jason McGee to hand taking photos of everyone against the fab backdrop on the Red Carpet at each event sponsored by Centra, Blackrock and Louth County Council .

The event was a huge success in terms of hitting the right note for the type of events and festivals suitable to Blackrock Village, it attracted a huge number of visitors as well as appealing to the local community . The social media (28,000 interactions) and press coverage it received presented Blackrock in a very positive light and as a beautiful destination Village appealing to the cultured visitor.

Our next events are The Pumpkin Carnival which will be on Monday 30th October and then the Blackrock Village Christmas Market on Saturday 2nd December , so pencil them in , come out , enjoy and support your Village.

In the meantime , look out for the very soon to be in circulation  The Blackrock Village Tourist Guide & Walking Map  with the most beautiful artwork by renowned artist and illustrator Davey Cousley, depicting the special attractions and points of interest the village has to offer .  In addition, to this keep looking out for The villages new Brand & Logo , applied to flags , posters , backdrops , village artwork, the visitBlackrock website ,  the Tourist Guide and walking map  and at all village events organised by Blackrock Tourist & Development Group. This branding and logo was commissioned by this group for the village and has been very well considered and designed with the professional services of Grandson Designs , whom have very generously given their skills , services and relentless energy to this project and its ongoing implementation , for which we are so grateful of , they are great guys.

The Blackrock Tourism & Development Group are Aine Corcoran, Chairperson; Elaine Cosgrave, Secretary; Jason McGee , Events Manager and Conor Hughes , Treasurer.

On behalf of the Committee, thank you  & kind regards ,

Aine Corcoran

The New Blackrock Tourism and Development – Brand

The New Blackrock Tourism and Development – Brand

The new Blackrock Tourism and Development Group brand was launched in the Claremont Hotel on Thursday 11th August 2017 to a sizeable crowd of locals and visitors alike. The event was to showcase a new tourism initiative to grow sustainabkle tourism in the village and to showcase Blackrock as part of the Irelands Ancient East national tourism programme being promoted by Failte Ireland.

As well as a signature new brand developed by Grandson a new Tourist Guide and Walking Map fro Blackrock was also launched.

This illustrative map and walking guide was handdrawn by an artist and has taken a year to complete. The map will have a first print run of at least 5000 copies and will go to print w/c 14th  August 2017. Those wishing to take out an advert of listing should contact the group via info@visitblackrock.ie or via Aine in Sybil Shop on the main street.

 

Blackrock Film Festival – Aug 31st to Sept 3rd 2017

Blackrock Film Festival – Aug 31st to Sept 3rd 2017

The Blackrock Tourism and Development Group are delighted to announce the inaurgual “Blackrock Film Festival” taking place over 4 days from Thursday 31st August to Sunday 3rd Sept 2017 in the village. The festival which is an expansion of the hugely popular “Cinema On The Sand” event which has run on Blackrock Beach for the past few years and has drawn hundreds of spectators. The plan this year is to continue to show a movie on the beach but also to show three other movies in venues around the village over the weekend. Details of these venues and films will be released at a later date but its sure to be an enjoyable weekend for all the family.

The events will all be FREE and the “Cinema On The Sand” on Friday 1st Sept is in cooperation with an Garda Siochana will be family friendly and alcohol free.

The Film Festival is supported by Louth County Council and Centra.

For further information email info@visitblackrock.ie or contact Conor Hughes

CHECKOUT THE FACEBOOK EVENTS HERE

GET YOUR ADVERT SEEN BEFORE AND AFTER THE MOVIE – CONTACT US

 
 
 
     
   

 

 

Super Sunday – Part 1 – In Blackrock

Super Sunday – Part 1 – In Blackrock

There are three good reasons to get yourself out to VisitBlack on Sunday 11th June 2017 if you are looking for something to do .

 

  1. Blackrock Sprint Triathlon – Organised annually by the Setanta Triathlon Club this spectacular event will see hundreds of competitions run, swim and cycle around Blackrock village and is truely a sight to behold. Traffic restrictions will be in place from 1 – 4pm so get yourself their early.
  2. Summer School Fete – St Francis National school are celebrating their 10th year since opening with a massive school fete and fun day at the school from 1:30pm. With stalls, bouncy castles, games, raffles and lots more there is sure to be something for everyone.
  3. Ireland V Austria  – But if that isnt enough for you then get yourself into anyone of the Blackrock Bars to watch Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier on the Big Screen showing the crucial game agains Austria at 5:00pm #oleole

Watch out for more Super Sunday – Part 2 information when the annual Blackrock Tidy Towns Raft Race takes place on Sunday 25th June 2017.

 

 

BLACKROCK COMMUNITY INFORMATION MORNING – NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING WEEK

BLACKROCK COMMUNITY INFORMATION MORNING – NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING WEEK

Blackrock Tidy Towns have origanised a community information event to take place in the Community Centre on Sandy lane on Saturday 13th May from 10am until 1 pm. Volunteers from local community and sports groups will be in attendance to provide information on their activities and plans to members of the public and especially potential new members and volunteers. New residents to the area will be particularly welcome. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided. There will also be a magician and face painting for the children.

Groups that will be present on the day include:
BLACKROCK TIDY TOWNS
ROCK CELTIC
GERALDINES GFC
2nd LOUTH SEA SCOUTS
BLACKROCK HURLING AND CAMOIE CLUB
HAGGARDSTOWN/BLACKROCK DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP
BLACKROCK PARK COMMITTEE
BLACKROCK YOUTH CLUB
BLACKROCK ATHLETICS CLUB
BLACKROCK ICA
MUMS, MAYHEM & MORE (PARENT & TODDLER GROUP)
BHK CREDIT UNION
LOUTH VOLUNTEER CENTRE

Do come along and join us for a cup of tea or coffee and find out what we all get up to!

Rescue 116 Candlelit Vigil – St Patricks Night – 8:00pm

Rescue 116 Candlelit Vigil – St Patricks Night – 8:00pm

A short candlelit gathering will take place at the Sundial in Blackrock at 8pm on St. Patrick’s Day to give the local community an opportunity to show its solidarity and support for the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of Captain Mark Duffy who is missing in the course of his duty, along with his three colleagues.

The organisers ask those planning to come along to please bring a candle, tealight, or small lantern which can be placed on the sea wall at the Sundial and taken away after the event if they wish. When all candles are in place Fr. Padraig Keenan will lead the gathering in a short prayer and moment of silent reflection for Mark, his family, and his colleagues. The event will conclude no later than 8.30, so please come along if you can to show your solidarity with those directly affected by this terrible tragedy.

St Patricks Day Parade – CANCELLED

St Patricks Day Parade – CANCELLED

UPDATE: Due to unforseen circumstances this years Blackrock St. Patricks Day parade has been cancelled.

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This years St Patricks Day parade will take place at 3:30pm on Friday 17th March and will start from CockleHill as usual. The theme this year is “Great Irish Lives” and Tom Gaskin will be the grand marshall for the parade.

Prizes will be for :-

  • Best School Float
  • Best Creative Float – 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes.

BE CREATIVE – MAKE A SPLASH – LETS MAKE THIS THE BIGGEST PARADE EVER