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, M laundries, ESB etc. There are so many clubs associated with Blackpool which flourished over the years including the Harriers, Pipe Band, Glen Boxing Club and, the most famous, the Glen Rovershurling club.
Blackpool's Roman Catholic parish church, the Church of the Annunciation, was designed by noted stone carver Seamus MurphyRHA who worked in the locality. The building of this church, completed in 1945 after a fire destroyed the previous church, was funded by the O'Dwyer family who owned the nearby Sunbeam textile complex. This led to the nickname Billy Dwyer's Fire escape.