Posted by JDP on November 26, 2000 at 16:34:36:
In Reply to: Re: The Point posted by 007 on November 25, 2000 at 19:51:47:
Lovely memories of the Point 007. The Point was considered a very safe place for kids to play in the water and learn to stay afloat. Most of the Blackfort and Newport Rd. kids would have had their first ecstatic experience of flotation at the point.(You must have some Point memories for a few anecdotes Butch!) The bottom was sandy and the first badge you earned was to swim to the submerged log and rest before returning. Wille Deane R.I.P.(St. Bridget`s Cresc.) had a special treat for small kids - you hopped on Willie`s back, locked your two arms around his neck and you were ferried by this powerful breastroker to the island and back.( Willie frequently pleading " do`nt choke me")
The shore in the vicinity of the point was different - weathered limestone rocks with grassy patches amongst the whins - ideal for mitching while pretending to be on a geography field study.
The Blacfort people always went to the Point via the Castle Rd. from the Newport Rd. It was a favourite Sun. afternoon picnic spot for many families for decades.
Swimming at the weir was ok as long as you did`nt mind the eels wriggling at your feet any time you had to look for a footing.
Josie Bourke`s car dump was where we scavenged for rubber from car tubes ( an essential component in the manufacture of catapults)or *catherpults* as we called them.
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