My village is Blackrock in Cork Ireland and I feel happy and lucky to live there. In recent years it has been improved enormously thanks to the powers that be in Cork City Council and the efforts of many local people including Des Cahill who lives in Blackrock. Des has just finished his term as Cork’s Lord Mayor. He did a wonderful job in promoting Cork and Blackrock.

My mother Frances Daly, and her mother before her Josephine Daly nee Harding, both lived in Blackrock. Their home was at the top of the lane that goes down to the Atlantic Pond which is situated next to the renovated and very impressive Pairc Ui Chaoimh which opened its doors to some fanatical hurling fans from Waterford, Wexford, Clare and Tipperary, to wonderful acclaim, last weekend. These were the first big matches to be played at the new stadium which can house up to 46,000 people and were the all-Ireland hurling quarter finals.  I look forward to visiting it soon.

Blackrock was known in the past as the fishing village as salmon fishing by nets from small fishing boats, was the principal activity of the people living in Blackrock (when they were not playing hurling or football). Salmon fishing on the River Lee was big business in years gone by and it was usual in the summer evenings to see the nets drying on the quay walls and the grassy surrounds of the Marina walkway.

I love to cycle that way on a nice summer evening when the tide is high. I head down the old railway line and follow the walkway by the river across from Rochestown, past Blackrock Castle and then around by Cork Boat Club when son Owen spent many happy days rowing in an eight on the river. Then up the Marina towards Cork City passing the Atlantic Pond and Pairc Ui Chaoimh. On then towards the Centre Park Road and home.

Last Monday night was such an evening. The river was high in the fishing village and the local children were enjoying a swim in the river near the boat club. To see the people sitting and enjoying the views from the new seating arena was just lovely.

Looking towards the fishing village and old Ursuline Convent

Well done to all. Up Cork!

 Ted Dwyer Family Business

July 2017