Plans to rebuild The Boardwalk in time for summer.

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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.

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Youghal’s Eco-Boardwalk showing the damage done – Pic 11/1/2014

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.

b_DSC_0046The 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.

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One of Youghal's famous front strand resident Helen Herlihy with her son Donal on top of Claycastle, surveying the damage after the storm. Helen has been swimming all her life at Youghal beach in summer and even during the winter season. But Helen wisely decided not to swim during last weeks storm!

One of Youghal’s famous front strand residents Helen Herlihy with her son Donal on top of Claycastle, surveying the damage after the storm. Helen has been swimming all her life at Youghal beach in summer and even during the winter season. But Helen wisely decided not to swim during last weeks storm! – Pic: mh 11/1/2014

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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

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: 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

Helen Herlihy and her son Donal on top of Claycastle, Youghal, Co Cork. Pic: mh

Helen Herlihy and her son Donal on top of Claycastle, Youghal, Co Cork. Pic: mh 11/1/2014

Part of the boardwalk washed up on the Waterford side of the river Blackwater. Pic: K. McCarthy.

Part of the boardwalk washed up on the Waterford side of the river Blackwater. Pic: K. McCarthy. 11/1/2014

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  1. I left Youghal in 1970 to return on Holiday or as the case now to visit My Grandkids, Do I have a say what happens in Youghal…. I don’t think so, but I and many others just may be able to help, lets call the group ____ “”Friends of the Boardwalk”” . As an Ex-pat Youghal Person I for one would be willing to Pledge 10 euros to an A/C to help mentain the Boardwalk in the future. The reason I put the above forward is because of the speed in which the Youghal Council have acted in this matter, all be it from a Council who have come in for a large share of Stick over the Years. There must be 1,000 of 1st__ 2nd__ and even 3rd generation Youghal Folk around the world who would feel honoured to be part of this prodject so with this in Mind ____ “Lets all Walk the Plank for the Boardwalk” Jim O’Brien