The village is now in summer mode or to be more precise taken on its “Blackrock in Bloom” appearance.
It is an initiative that the Tidy Towns have carried out on the main promenade for 20 odd years, decorating the promenade wall with tubes of beautiful, coloured shrubs and flowering plants, and erecting equally decorative hanging basket on poles and where appropriate.
Without the sponsorship and great support of Haggardstown Garden Centre this wonderful colourful display that hugely enhances the village would not be possible. The commitment that the Reenan family have given to the initiative is underlined in the fact that they have actively supported it for over 20 years in preparing the shrubs and plants, planting and growing them and then putting them on display.
They helped the Tidy Towns volunteers as always to put out the shrubs and plants last week in the village, Some 40 baskets were mounted and 20 tubes laid out along the promenade wall.
The display combined with the village’s annual flag presentation projects a vibrant, colourful image that is a delight for both residents and visitors to behold over the summer.
Likewise as with the shrub and plant display, the Tidy Towns are hugely indebted to Richard Tiarnan of Centra and Supervalu for his sponsorship of the flags over the years.
Presently and throughout the month of June pink is the dominat colour in support of the 100k in 30 days challenge in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness.
A reminder for mothers who would like to engage in some fun exercise in the form of playing Gaelic football.
The Geraldines are introducing Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others starting on Wednesday June 29, commencing at 7pm at the club ground on Marlbog Road.
It has been a very popular initiative across the country. Like elsewhere mothers in the parish engage in the habit of dropping their children to training and for matches and call back to collect them.
For a change they might wish to take themselves to the grounds and go and enjoy playing the game in a relaxed way, while at the same time having the chance to get their recommended amount of exercise.
The Geraldines are delighted to afford local mothers the opportunity to sample it.
Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others is for women of all ages to play Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment.
It provides women with an opportunity to get their recommended weekly exercise in a fun way while meeting other mothers in the area.
The initiative has proved to be a great success nationwide; it is open to women over 25 who are not registered as a player with an LGFA club. If you have any queries just give Lisa (087-79613466) or Bonnie (087-0949264) a call
The club is looking forward to seeing you on 29th at 7pm.
Na Piarsaigh / Blackrock CLG held their first underage camogie blitz of the season, on Saturday June 11 at their home pitch on the Blackrock Road.
The blitz was for the younger under 8 and under 10 age groups and was well attended, with St Kevin’s, Cooley and Inniskeen taking part.
Thankfully the weather was kind and the showers held off allowing the teams to show their high standard of camogie skills.
The teams from Na Piarsaigh /Blackrock CLG swapped their normal jerseys and wore their 100k in 30 Days pink t shirts, as part of the club’s support for the fundraising initiative for Breast cancer. Some photographs from the blitz are shown.
For those interested in finding more information about the club, check out their Facebook page or come along to any of the juvenile training evenings.
Once again the Gates Silhouettes have also re-appeared for the summer season in the village.
This is an established project that was launched over half dozen years ago to acknowledge the farming heritage of the village.
Many of the local estates and houses have been built on land which was farmed within living memory. A number of families, who still live in Blackrock, were engaged in farming practices. There were the Murphys, Prendergasts and Wallaces to name but a few.
Vestiges of this heritage remain in the form of Louth Bank Walls, which were field boundaries, farm buildings and farm gates which can still be seen here and there in what mostly is a suburban setting.
Black silhouettes have been used because the shadows of the past can still be seen.
You can imagine a farmer passing by, stopping to exchange a word with a neighbour while leaning on the gate. Such scenes would have been commonplace throughout rural Ireland.
The silhouettes have been placed exclusively on traditional farm gates where they still exist.
The jackpot is now €8, 000 in the Geraldines lottery. No player managed to select the four numbers 5, 13, 17 and 25 drawn out in this week’s draw.
Two players who came closest were Matt Corcoran and John Hughes, who picked three to share the €200 prize.
Local footballer James Dunne made another step up the ladder in his career with a call up to the Irish senior squad for the trip to Poland to play Ukraine.
James has had a very fine season with QPR, and his many local followers and supporters are looking to see him put on the green jersey for Stephen Kenny’s charges.