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TOURISM AND HERITAGE have become two of the most important factors in bringing some much needed economic relief to Youghal town, particularly with the recent loss of industries. There has been a concentrated push to highlight Youghal’s unique selling points over the past number of years.
In some quarters tourism and heritage have been cited as the future for the town such are its outstanding qualities. Delivering tourism and heritage is another thing with local knowledge and expertise a crucial requirement. On the 18th of September at the East Cork Further Education and Youthreach Centre, Youghal the first ever Post Leaving Cert (PLC) course will be launched and at its core is tourism and heritage.
The course offers a unique opportunity for many in Youghal keeping in mind job prospects in the immediate future. County Cork VEC AEO, Nuala Glanton explained. “This is the first time that a PLC course in Tourism has been delivered in Youghal. It aims to take advantage of the fantastic natural resources and rich heritage of Ireland’s finest coastal resort. Participants will be supported in setting up their own businesses, gaining employment locally or progressing on to further education. Applicants can apply for a grant or the Back to Education Allowance to support them while participating on this course.” There are other PLC courses outside of Youghal in both Midleton and Dungarvan but Nuala stressed the advantage of having a very real prospect of career choice for students right on their doorstep. “This course is also a great opportunity for students who have just received their leaving certificate results. For the first time they will be able to attend a Further Education course locally. This course provides an alternative access route to third level education in the Institutes of Technology for students who may not have achieved the points they need this year. It would be an alternative to repeating their leaving certificate year,” she added.
With over a forthnight to go before the course begins limited places are still available. To book a place, please contact Patricia Walters on 086-8287570. Other than offering expertise and local knowledge on Youghal’s heritage, having further education in Youghal means those who have held a long desire to upskill or revisit education or simply want to broaden their horizons now have a door open that could change their futures.
The East Cork Further Education and Youthreach Centre provides further education to over 300 young people and adults every year. They provide a full range of education opportunities from levels 1-6 on the National Qualifications Framework on a full-time and part-time basis.
Courses running in the centre from September include Tourism, Art, Healthcare, Childcare, Beauty Therapy, VTOS Second Chance Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Youthreach provides education and training to young people aged 15-20 who have left school early. The Adult Basic Education Service provides small group or 1-1 tuition for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, spelling and maths skills and achieve FETAC certification
TEAM YOUGHAL are counting down the days before the start of the Race Around Ireland and announcing the Walter Raleigh Hotel in Youghal as Time Station No.16 for the third time in a row were. The race starts on Sunday 9th September 2012 in Trim.
The local cycling group have contested the previous three editions of the Race Around Ireland and Race Across America 2011, arguably the toughest endurance race in the world. In 2011, Team Youghal became the first Irish 8 Person Team to complete the Race Across America in seven days and 14 hours – a massive distance of 3,000 miles!
Team leader Ger Flanagan and Christy McCarthy, cyclist, have been involved with Team Youghal since its inception in 2009. Conor Coleman and Thomas Curran joined the team in 2012 and are looking forward to the challenge, having previously taken part in the Nice Ironman triathlon and the Bolton Ironman triathlon.
YOUGHAL CYMS can boast three Irish Snooker International players heading to Prestatyn in Wales for the ‘Home Internationals’ this coming September 7th to 14th 2012.
Two of the players are father and son Brendan and Christopher Cooney, who also represented their country in this event back in 2009. Brendan is currently on the Irish Masters team while his son Christopher is on the Irish U-19 team. Adam Fitzgerald, who is on the Irish U-16 team will be competing for the first time and making his first international appearance.
Youghal CYMS are delighted to have three members of the club, the highest of any club in the country to play with the Irish squad. When they take to the green baize in the ‘Pontins Sands World Snooker Centre’ in Prestatyn they will be creating a little bit of Irish snooker history.
Brendan said “The set up in Prestatyn is second to none; it is the official qualification centre for professional snooker so the tables are excellent and playing conditions are superb.
There will be six nations represented in Wales. The host country Wales along with Rep. of Ireland, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jersey will compete for the coveted title of home international champions.
The teams will play three frames per person with a point scored for every frame won, in a round robin format.
Pictured below in the CRY 104fm studios are the panel of experts discuss the upcoming East Cork Final between Erins Own and Carraig na bhFear which will be played in Riverstown this Sunday
Included in the picture is Finbarr Wall Aghada, Humphrey Collins Erins Own , Paddy Crotty Midleton, John J ‘O Regan Lisgoold, Tom Morrison Russell Rovers, Frank Keane Youghal, Don Hegarty Carrig na bhFear and the Host of GAA This Week Michael O Brien.
You can hear the build up CRY104fm this Friday the 31st 2012 from 6.30 to 8.00 in a GAA This Week special hosted by Michael O Brien.
YOUGHAL looks set to host another fabulous weekend and the weather forecast for the event is great!. This time it’s a celebration of all things fishy but especially the faithful mackerel. At this time of year hundreds flock to Youghal to catch the tasty fish from the towns quays and beaches. This year the town will celebrate the humble mackerel with a food extravaganza and entertainment program second to none
On Friday night the festival will open with free outdoor trad sessions in the town centre. Martin Shanahan of RTE will then launch the fish trail running throughout the town. Restaurants will offer free taster mackerel starters along the trail and many will offer discounts on all fish dishes. Taste Mackerel as you never have before – with Italian flavours, Spanish flavours, historic flavours, barbecued and as sushi.
Saturday and Sunday promises more from the mackerel as the town’s chefs have cook outs in the town centre. Tasting the result is again part of the experience. Lots of kids fun scheduled too. A beach volleyball competition will run on Saturday at the towns smaller central beach. Free street music forms part of the programme throughout the weekend. The festival will conclude with a free concert at the magnificent St Mary’s collegiate music venue. No rain worries either as alternate indoor locations have been planned for all events.
Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton has welcomed the news that funding has been approved fo works to stabilise the sea wall at Moll Goggins Corner in Youghal.
“I have been notified by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD that the transfer of €242,500 within Cork County Council’s budget has been approved to enable the Council to carry out essential work at Moll Goggins Corner. I understand that this money will be used initially for stabilisation work on the section of road which collapsed earlier this year”, said Deputy Stanton
“Funding for any further works, once designed, will be included in Cork County Council’s specific grant application to the Department of Transport and the National Roads Authority for 2013”.
YOUGHAL CINE CLUB are looking forward to the screening of their first film of the season tomorrow night, 30th August at 7.30 pm, ‘The Way’ starring Martin Sheen. Subsequent screenings will take place on a fortnightly basis (Thursdays) at 7.30 pm sharp in The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal from 30th August to 13th December 2012.
The Way Trailer Official 2011 [HD] Starring Martin Sheen
As this is the Cine Club’s very first season of films, organisers, Yew Wood Venues have worked closely with ‘Access Cinema Club’ (the resource organisation for regional cultural cinema in Ireland) who together agreed to curate the programme for the first season. The Club will continue a long tradition of interest in cinema in Youghal.
Youghal Cine Club Co-ordinator Sinead Goggin said: “We believe we have compiled a listing that will develop our members interest in cultural cinema, and who knows, members might even get to try something a little bit different from what they may normally consider viewing! Season two of films will of course be chosen by the members of Youghal Cine Club.”
The programme sees all English language titles, with films having a broad appeal. However, included in the line-up is one documentary ‘Buck’ and one slightly more challenging title ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ – an excellent thriller about a girl who flees a cult.
THE YOUGHAL RNLI were called out on Tuesday 28th of August at 4.15 p.m to the aid of a seven metre cabin cruiser with three persons on board, that had suffered engine failure with their anchor dragging off Mangans Bay.
The Youghal Lifeboat Patricia Jennings, under the helm of Mike Brookes with crew members Eddie Hennessy & Ray Kelly arrived on scene and towed them back to its moorings at the Ferry Point.
When the boat was safely moored they escorted the three casualties who were all safe and well to the Quayside in Youghal.
The weather at the time was blowing a force five southerly wind.
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 43 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)
A CAPSTAN from an old shipwreck has been discovered near the eastern point of Youghal outer harbour. Fisherman Barry Clohessy with his son Conor and Denis McCarthy made the unusual catch while out fishing on Saturday 18th August 2012. A capstan is a vertical-axled rotating machine developed for use on sailing ships to apply force to ropes, cables, and hawsers. The principle is similar to that of the windlass, which has a horizontal axle.
Click on the video below to see the Capstan raised from the deep at the Quay in Youghal
The video below is a demonstration of a Capstan at work. Sea shanties would often be sung when turning the capstan. A shanty (also spelled “chantey,” “chanty”) is a type of work song that was once commonly sung to accompany labour on board large merchant sailing vessels
Sea Shanties in Moby Dick (1956) The sea shanty singing in the video below is from the film Moby Dick. This particular clip was filmed in Youghal back in 1954. Directed by John Huston