• LOCATION 47 | A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

    Blackrock diving Tower

    Blackrock diving Tower  on Galway audio tour A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

    Stop here at the entrance to the Blackrock diving tower, our final stop.

    There were two small villages located close to Blackrock at Cappanaveagh and Ballynacarrickadoo. However, these cottages were devastated during The Night of the Big Wind in 1839. Located within the golf course is a Cillin, where children who were unbaptized were buried, as was the tradition up until the 20th century. The diving tower as you see it today was built by the Urban Council with donations from the locals and blessed by Father Hyland in May 1954. It replaced a more precarious affair which had been constructed on the lands of the local landlord Col. O’Hara, who had objected to it existence as sought to block its right of way until the Urban Council stepped in a leased the land. Originally Blackrock was a men-only bathing place and Ladies Beach further back along the Promenade was reserved for women. The sight of bathers here 365 days a year has become one of the iconic images of Galway and bears testament to the resilience and camaraderie of the people who come here each day. Another tradition is kicking the wall once you have walked the promenade and that tradition is shrouded in the mists of time.

    The stunning vistas across Galway Bay were immortalized by Bing Crosby in the 1947 song of the same. Galway Bay was a massive billboard hit and a favorite of the Irish Diaspora across the world, appearing also in the John Ford film, The Quiet Man in 1952. To give you a flavor.

    If you ever go across the sea to Ireland

    Then maybe at the closing of your day

    You can sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh

    And see the sun go down on Galway Bay

    Alas, we have come to the end of our journey. Now, this is the perfect place for a swim if you can brave the fresh salty waters. Alternatively, continue on the road and turn right at the top to return to the City or left towards Rusheen Bay, Silverstrand Beach, Barna Woods, and the picturesque village of Barna.

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A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas