Minister Officially Opens Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk

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THE FIRST PHASE of a mobility-disabled access boardwalk running from Youghal Front Strand to Claycastle, (395M) delivered in partnership with Youghal Town Council and Failte Ireland was officially opened by Minister of State at the Department of Tourism & Sport on Tuesday 24th July 2012.  The boardwalk consists of hardwood timber deck supported on piled foundations, not requiring a railing, and once complete will span 1926 metres, eventually forming part of the National Coastal Walking Route.  The Minister also took the opportunity to officially ‘turn on’ the new 75kw wind turbine at Youghal Aura Leisure Centre.

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport cuts the tape to officially open Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk.

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport cuts the tape to officially open Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Ring paid tribute to the vision of Youghal Town Council and its determination to undertake and complete such projects. “When I was here this time last year, I was hugely impressed with not only Youghal’s tourism offering, but the will and determination of the Council and the local community to see this town grow and succeed.  It is wonderful to see plans that were presented to me followed through and executed in full.  With over 180,000 people working  nationally in tourism, this sector is hugely significant in terms of growth in the economy and Youghal is certainly setting about playing its part in getting this country working again”, said the Minister.  The second phase of the development would see the completion of the link between Claycastle and Redbarn to the Quality Hotel and Self Catering Apartments.  The Minister agreed to review the submission to Failte Ireland, agreeing that the project would be of huge benefit to the local economy if completed in full.

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport cuts the tape to officially open Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk. Pictured also are Sal Tivy Perks, Liam Ryan, Youghal Town Clerk, Cllr Tara O'Connell, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, Cllr. Barbara Murray, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Sammy Revins, Cllr. Michelle Hennessy, Mayor of Youghal; Cllr Liam Burke, David Stanton TD, Sandra McLellan TD, Aileen Murray, Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group, Cllr Michael Beecher and Ryan Howard, SECAD. Pic: yol

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport cuts the tape to officially open Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk. Pictured also are Sal Tivy Perks, Liam Ryan, Youghal Town Clerk, Cllr Tara O’Connell, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, Cllr. Barbara Murray, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Sammy Revins, Cllr. Michelle Hennessy, Mayor of Youghal; Cllr Liam Burke, David Stanton TD, Sandra McLellan TD, Aileen Murray, Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group, Cllr Michael Beecher and Ryan Howard, SECAD. Pic: yol

Mayor of Youghal, Cllr Michelle Hennessy suggested it shouldn’t be underestimated just what the boardwalk had done for the people of Youghal.  “Not only has it become a major tourist attraction, but it has become a major social gathering for the people of the area, and has brought a new life and vibrancy to this area of the town.  The quality of the boardwalk is evident; – it consists of 395 metres of hardwood timber deck and again is wheelchair accessible.  The Mayor emphasised how important the delivery of Phase Two of the project, saying: “This will have a huge economic impact on the town once complete. The delivery of this Boardwalk shows the commitment of Youghal Town Council to improving the tourism infrastructure of the Town, in partnership with Failte Ireland and is a further step forward in maximising the potential of our natural tourism assets for the economic benefit of business in Youghal” said the Mayor.

Going for a stroll along Youghal’s new eco-boardwalk are: Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Sandra McLellan TD for Cork East, and David Stanton TD for Cork East pictured at the official opening on Tuesday 24th July 2012. pic: yol

Going for a stroll along Youghal’s new eco-boardwalk are: Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Sandra McLellan TD for Cork East, and David Stanton TD for Cork East pictured at the official opening on Tuesday 24th July 2012. pic: yol

In advance of the official opening of the Eco-Boardwalk, the Minister also commended Youghal Town Council in their efforts in securing a €400,000 grant under the Improved Energy and Enhanced Disabled Grant Scheme for Youghal Aura Leisure Centre.  The upgrade works have enabled huge energy savings – including up to a 40% saving in electricity to the Centre from the installation of a 75kw wind turbine.  Currently employing 39 staff, the grant has also facilitated an extension to the existing facility for the disabled, with the addition of a new changing area, a major upgrade of the turnstile system and automatic doors to changing areas.  All of the works completed at the centre serve to enhance the centre’s reputation as both a community resource and first class tourism facility.  Referring to Youghal’s Aura Leisure Centre, the Minister commented:

“This is a hugely substantial amount of money to be granted in this current economic climate and it can only have a positive effect on employment in the town, helping to sustain jobs and hopefully create new ones too.” Said the Minister.

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, with the Mayor of Youghal Michelle Hennessy, Sandra Mclellan TD, Barbara Murray Mayor Cork County, David Stanton TD, local town councillors and representatives from the local community, at the official opening of Youghal's Eco Boardwalk and also the wind turbine for Aura Leisure Centre, Youghal. Pic: yol

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, with the Mayor of Youghal Michelle Hennessy, Sandra Mclellan TD, Barbara Murray Mayor Cork County, David Stanton TD, local town councillors and representatives from the local community, at the official opening of Youghal’s Eco Boardwalk and the new wind turbine for Aura Leisure Centre, Youghal. Pic: yol

Youghal Town Councillors pictured at the official opening Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk: Cllr. Barbara Murray, Mayor of the County of Cork; Cllr Sammy Revins, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, Cllr Tara O'Connell, Cllr Liam Burke, Cllr. Michelle Hennessy Mayor of Youghal; Cllr Michael Beecher with Sandra McLellan TD. Pic: yol

Youghal Town Councillors pictured at the official opening Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk: Cllr. Barbara Murray, Mayor of the County of Cork; Cllr Sammy Revins, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, Cllr Tara O’Connell, Cllr Liam Burke, Cllr. Michelle Hennessy Mayor of Youghal; Cllr Michael Beecher with Sandra McLellan TD. Pic: yol

David Stanton TD, Michael Ring TD and Sandra McLellan TD greet a walker from Cork City on the new eco friendly boardwalk. Pic: yol

David Stanton TD, Michael Ring TD and Sandra McLellan TD greet a walker from Cork City on the new eco friendly boardwalk. Pic: yol

Youghal Town Councillor Mary Linehan Foley and Barbara Murray, Mayor of the County of Cork at the official opening of Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk.

Youghal Town Councillor Mary Linehan Foley and Barbara Murray, Mayor of the County of Cork at the official opening of Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk.

Sandra McLellan TD, Michael Ring TD and David Stanton TD, wishing Zee best wishes in her new post as photojournalist for the East Cork Journal. This was Zee first photo assignment! Best of luck Zee. Pic: yol

Sandra McLellan TD, Michael Ring TD and David Stanton TD, wishing Zea best wishes in her new post as photojournalist for the East Cork Journal. This was Zea’s first photo assignment! Best of luck Zea. Pic: yol

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport cuts the tape to officially open Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk.

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport cuts the tape to officially open Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk.

David Stanton TD for Cork East, Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and Sandra McLellan TD for Cork East at the official opening of Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk.

David Stanton TD for Cork East, Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and Sandra McLellan TD for Cork East at the official opening of Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk.

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  1. Well done to all concerned for making this amenity a reality. It is disappointing that uncertainty still surrounds the go-ahead for phase two of the project (the section to the Quality Hotel) but, hopefully, it will come to pass.

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