Search icon


13th Jun 2018

We Need To Talk About The Putrid Smell In Booterstown Because It’s Not Okay

Megan Cassidy

Blackrock is one of our favourite spots in the city to head for some grub, and a month doesn’t go by without a visit to the Blackrock markets.

But at the moment, you’d be hard pushed to pass the city suburb on the Dart, with the absolutely foul breeze that’s creeping in the window of late.

The disgusted Blackrock residents covering their faces with scarves every evening is Ross O’ Carroll Kelly’s DREAM – but alas, it is a very real nightmare for those with a sensitive disposition.

I myself moved to Blackrock just over three weeks ago, and noticed the *fishy* odour a couple of weeks back.

A quick scroll through Twitter and Reddit shows I’m not alone.

And it’s not the first time we’ve had an epidemic… it seems like it happens every summer

One Redditor asked:

‘What’s the story behind the obnoxious smell of rotting fish around Blackrock in Dublin.

The smell is so strong that makes it hard to focus. The smell has been there for the past 4 to 5 days. Does anyone know why?’

Answers included ‘Prevailing wind at low tide coupled with the high heat’ as well as the Booterstown Marsh.

The marsh is a protected nature reserve due to the presence of rare fauna and also attracts a wide variety of migrating birds as well as ducks, geese and waders.

So our only advice is try and focus on the beauty of nature to ease the intense gagging next time you pay a visit to Booterstown in the good weather… because it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

READ MORE: REVIEW: “This Underrated Northside Pub Serves Up Pizza With a Difference”