promenade

As you walk along Rathealy Road, you will pass the Promenade which, until the 1940s, housed a bandstand used by military bands. There was also a boating stage here for excursions on the river. The building at the end of the field is the Blackwater Sub Aqua Club. This point marks the start of a lovely stretch of water that runs to the famous Careysville Weir, passing by some beautiful Big Houses. On this stretch, the river also passes under the viaduct that carried the railway over the River Blackwater, and which was made famous by 1966 film ‘Blue Max’).