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Take a walk by the castle

Thursday, 25th October, 2012 1:00am

In what once was a traditional fishing village, Blackrock has expanded to become a thriving residential and commercial hub - marking it out as one of the prime destinations in Cork city.

Blackrock hosts two castles, a plethora of sports facilities and teams and several retail outlets for both citizens of Blackrock and those visiting for the day.

However, the real jewel in Blackrock's is the natural walkways and scenery that adorn the village and it's expanding hinterland.

With the Marina walkway leading from the village towards Pairc Uí Chaoimh, all the wonders of the River Lee and the   recreational abundance the river offers as it opens up to the ocean, are present.

Many of the rowing clubs in the Blackrock area make full use of the pontoons and slipways to train for various events along the marina. The walkway can regularly be found full of people out walking with families and pets down around the Atlantic Pond in the shadow of the home of GAA in Cork.

Another must-walk walkway is the old Blackrock railway line. It runs from the Atlantic Pond all the way toward Rochestown. Encased on both side by greenery, the railway line is another favourite of runners, walkers and cyclists and is now a firm feature in the annual Cork City Marathon.

Blackrock plays host to Blackrock Castle, now operating as an observatory with Cork Institute of Technology, and features a wide range of inter-stellar fun for the whole family.

For your retail needs there is ample opportunity to visit Scally's SuperValu, which also has an off-licence and post office, with Skehard Road Pharmacy providing medical solution and Cleopatra's Beauty Salon can offer a pick me up ahead of any night out on the tiles.

Sport is a huge part of what makes Blackrock, Blackrock, with the hurling club still considered the most successful in Cork hurling history. Whilst the senior side has languished for a number of years, the underage sides have thrived with the club securing titles in U15, U16, minor and U21 in this year alone.

Saturday mornings can regularly be found to be packed in the club on Church Road as hundreds of children learn the skills of our national game from experienced coaches and players. Those of a footballing nature can visit the new ground of St Michaels on the outskirts of Blackrock in Mahon, where similar success in underage is further bringing community atmosphere back with a bang.

Those looking for a different sporting field can see the Avondale United underage pitches in Beaumont while the Blackrock karate and tennis clubs offer even more choice to your midweek routine.

Overall Blackrock ticks every box there is when choosing either to live or visit in the area. And with the parish being the site of where mathematician George Boole (the creator of modern computer arithmetic) lived and died, it certainly has more enough history for any buff out there.  

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