We have a core committee which meets monthly. The members of our committee are elected at a public meeting each year to take responsibility for the presentation, appearance, and development of the village for the following 12 months on behalf of the entire Blackrock community. We also have a large group of Tidy Towns volunteers who undertake litter control, maintenance of flower and shrub beds, and other community and development work around the village.
The Fane Community Employment Scheme is a mainstay of our activities in Blackrock. Personnel from the scheme undertake daily litter patrols of all public roads, streets and beaches in the village, as well as keeping all our grassed and landscaped areas under control. We also receive assistance from personnel from the Probation Service, as well as from many local organisations.
We maintain close links with the various residents associations in Blackrock as well as with the businesses in the village. We liaise closely with Louth County Council, our local Councillors and other elected representatives, and also with the Gardaí.
Our annual “Blackrock in Bloom” initiative, which sees the Main Street and promenade area ablaze with colour, is sponsored by Haggardstown Garden Centre. Our annual “Summer Flags” initiative is sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock, and our van is sponsored by Connect Credit Union. Numerous other sponsors support us in many other ways.
In the 2021 National Tidy Towns competition Blackrock was named Louth’s Tidiest Town and received a Gold Medal winner – its 6th to date. Blackrock is currently in joint third place in the competition, only two points behind the overall winner Ennis. The village also holds the title of Louth’s tidiest town in the annual “Louth Looking Good” competition.
Our current committee comprises John Horan (chair), Fergal Cassidy (treasurer), Mary Rowley (secretary), Michael O’Sullivan (PRO), Marie McCallion, Eileen Carter, Gerry Hughes, Garrett Shine, Suzanne Linanne, and Sheila Byrne.
We are always on the lookout for additional help, either as a committee member or as one of our growing number of volunteers. If you have any time to spare – even half an hour a week – to help with our activities, or if you have a skill which might be useful to us, please get in touch.
Child Safeguarding Statement
The safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults is a primary concern of ours. Click here for our Child Safeguarding Statement.