THE BOARDWALK AT CLAYCASTLE BEACH which is so popular with walkers and a huge tourist attraction is to be rebuilt according to local town councillors. The walkway was destroyed in the recent storms that battered the coastline between late December and early January 2014 leaving it in a very sad state of repair.
The boardwalk could take no more of the constant battering from the monstrous waves and tidal surge from last weekends storm finally resulting in the main walkway being washed up at the eastern end of Youghal’s front strand. It was one of the main centrepieces of Youghal’s tourist industry and people loved to walk along the boards and to admire the spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean and views of Caple Island from the beach front.
One regular walker said that he was willing to contribute to a fundraiser to help in anyway possible to restore the pride of Youghal’s beach and suggested that a public meeting be called such was the concern by the townspeople to get involved in rebuilding the boardwalk.
The boardwalk could not be insured against the damage wreaked by the storms, but the expense of repair operations will be mitigated somewhat by the fact that the base pylons, which were by far the most costly element of the projects’s construction, remain undamaged. At a special meeting prior to the budget meeting held in the council chambers at Town Hall last friday (10th Jan.2014) it was unanimously agreed by all the councillors that the boardwalk be rebuilt as as a matter of priority.
The boardwalk is made of a hardwood timber deck and supported on piled foundations. The present section stretches 400 metres along Claycastle beach and links two car parks (Youghal Front Strand to Claycastle).
Since it’s opening back in July 2012 at a cost of €220,000 thousand euro, it has proved to be an immensely successful attraction to tourists and local people. Plans are afoot to extend it to some 2000 metres (to Redbarn) eventually forming part of the National Coastal Walking Route.