Blackpool had a concentration of industries such as tanning, bacon curing, brewing and distilling. As well as being a suburb, Blackpool is regarded by some as a now faded commercial and social centre of working class districts on the Northside of Cork City.
A vibrant working class community developed, its identity reinforced by the area's association with icons such as Taoiseach (Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland) and hurler Jack Lynch, Christy Ring (commonly regarded as the greatest hurler of all time) and footballer Charlie Hurley.
Blackpool was a vibrant, close community and many of the people depended on the industrial employment offered by companies such as Gouldings, Harringtons, Dennys, Sunbeam, Irish Distillers, Murphy's Brewery.
Blackpool's Catholic parish church, the Church of the Annunciation
, was designed by noted stone carver Seamus Murphy RHA who worked in the locality. The building of this church, completed in 1945 to replace the earlier St Nicholas Church, was funded by the Dwyer family who owned the nearby Sunbeam textile complex, and their staff with weekly collections. This led to the nickname Billy Dwyer's Fire escape.