BLACKROCK COUNTY DUBLIN
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Blackrock (An Charraig Dhubh in Irish) is a suburb of the city of Dublin, in County Dublin, Ireland. It is situated 3 km north of Dún Laoghaire. Blackrock has service industries and computer programming industries.
Blackrock gets its name from the Black Rocks, which were located off shore in the shallow waters in the vicinity of Blackrock baths. At low tide, the remnants of these rocks may be seen opposite the north end of Idrone Terrace. These sandy shores were popular for bathing and the area’s popularity as a resort peaked in 18th Century. Roque’s map of 1757 indicated that there were separate bathing places for men and women, the men’s bathing place is now buried in Blackrock Park (since the land between the shore and the offshore railway was reclaimed) and the women’s bathing place was in the vicinity of Blackrock baths. Numerous fine houses including Frescati, Lios an Uisce and Carysfort (some of which survive today) were built at this time in the vicinity of Blackrock and commanded fine sea views. A village known, as Newtown on the Strand was located between Blackrock and Seapoint until the 18th Century.
Blackrock street scene
There are many places of historical significance within the area. The childhood home of Lord Edward Fitzgerald Frescati House was here until 1983, when it was demolished as part of the completion of Roches Stores’ new shopping centre. The end of Cross Avenue was the site of the assassination of Kevin O’Higgins, and the site Linden Convalescent Home where Eamon de Valera died. The building where Eamon De Valera died, Talbot Lodge, was illegally demolished in the early 1990s and replaced with a housing estate.
A college of education; several secondary schools, such as Rosemount College (run by Opus Dei), Sion Hill Dominican College, St. Andrew’s College, Newpark School and Blackrock College; and a private clinic, Blackrock Clinic (in Williamstown). Newpark Music School, incorporating the acclaimed Newpark Jazz School, is also located here.