Youghal man John McGrath who lived in the Clock Gate from 1939 to 1959 speaks about his memories of those day and other stories. The tower built in 1777 was part of the towns fortifications. It served the town as a gaol and a public gallows until 1837. It then became a family home until 1959 when the last family left, which was the McGrath family.
Having grown up in the Clock Gate, John left for Britain during the 1950’s as did many of his contemporaries. There he observed the post-war housing improvements in Britain, thus, on his return he urged his parents to seek more comfortable and conventional accommodation. They reluctantly left the clock gate in 1959. The McGrath home offers a glimpse into the social, political, and economic changes experienced during the twentieth century.
The Clock Gate is undergoing extensive renovations and near completion of this phase of the refurbishment & development works.
Click on the HD Video (45 mins) below to hear the extraordinary story of “The McGrath’s of the Clock Gate”.
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Local actress Ruth Hayes stars in Mark Cogan’s new Irish short film “Partly Cloudy”. Ruth has appeared in several films during her career and also stars in local productions in town. Ruth runs the Chatterbox Dance Studio in Youghal, which provides an outlet for young people to express themselves through the medium of dance in a fun and friendly environment. Click on the the trailer below.
Mark Cogan’s Partly Cloudy from Medicine Hat Films returns us to the world of Fiona, Doc and Damien, who were last seen in the award winning short film Heart.
Fiona is bridesmaid to her demanding sister Gillian as well as coping with her overbearing mother Dolores and easily distracted father Jim. The bonds of family are tried and tested as tempers flare and underlying tensions threaten to ruin Gillian’s big day. Once again Fiona turns to her two closest friends, Doc and Damien to whom she often feels closer than her own family. The film is a bittersweet comedy/drama.
LOCAL BAND HELL FOR LEATHER are to release their brand new album “Just add water” on the 2nd of June 2013. The album recorded at Claycastle Recording Studios took just over 2 months to record and mix down. John Burke of Claycastle Studio spent many a long hour working on it, according to singer Mike Carey, he was great, he very so often we would have to poke him with a stick to wake him up.! But he did a great job getting all our songs down onto that big silver disk recorder thing.
The album contains a mix of songs from old to some new original songs written by the band themselves. There is something for everyone on this album. The lads have had an eventful year so far. They were the main band on the crowning night for the Irish Culchie Festival held in Cloyne, The were the main headline act at the Cork Folk and Trad Festival held earlier on this year. Paddy Casey joined them at a gig recently and spent over an hour on stage with the lads. They have toured Russia, They have played at local wakes and weddings.
Take a look at the cover for the album and then you will realise the lengths this bunch of lads will go for a bit of fun.
“Well, you see all these big bands getting the hair, make up, lighting etc right and they spend a fortune doing it, I don’t know what the fuss is all about sure we just had an old wash and cleaned ourselves up a bit and hey presto we have that natural look which is so much better and didn’t cost a fortune said accordion player Richie Carey about the album cover.
Ken Landers the drummer said that the launch night would start in Carrigtwohill’s Cousins Home bar on the 2nd of June and all going well it should end up in Youghal sometime around December next year. So far the songs have received a good response to the album and are getting lots of radio play, they have even had enquiries from America about touring there after the album was heard on line by a promoter in Dallas Texas. Things are looking pretty busy said loval man Shane Supple , but the best thing is the fun and craic the lads have when playing its all about that.
Come along and check this band out. The CD is available on their website www.hellforleatherband.com and in some local shops.
Respond Celebrate National Volunteering Week 2013
The Friends of Respond! in Youghal were set up over 20 years ago as a cross community, ecumenical group to advance the renovation of the old Protestant asylum, Shalom House. Respond! Housing Association collaborated with the local group and Shalom House was converted into 24 apartments for older people. Since then a further facility for older people was developed in the early 2000’s at St. Francis Court, Cork Hill.
The Friends of Respond! in Youghal are a dedicated group of local volunteers who have managed these developments for the past three decades.
It is fitting that in National Volunteering week this group is recognised for their selfless hard work and dedication to the Youghal community.
“The Youghal volunteers epitomise the ethos of Respond! where generous people come together and provide the necessary supports for the more vulnerable members of their community. This Youghal collaboration is a model that Respond! would like to see replicated across the country”, commented Ned Brennan. Chief Operations Officer at Respond! Housing.
Housing charity Respond! chose a unique way to acknowledge the contribution of their 500 plus volunteers on the occasion of National Volunteering Week 2013, which runs from the 13th to the 19th of May 2013, by placing a mirror poster in each of their centres nationally stating ‘you’re what making a difference looks like’.
Respond! wishes to recognise the huge contribution volunteers make to their community during national volunteering week. Celebratory gatherings are being organised locally around the county with thank you cards and a small token of appreciation being distributed on estates by Resident Support Workers during their weekly visits to residents, to show Respond! gratitude for the work that is being done on the ground every day.
National Volunteering Week is a great opportunity to recognise the hundreds of men and women, who give freely of their time, day-in day-out, for the greater good of their community. Respond! believes that the success of many estates, community projects and centres nationally can be attributed to the work, dedication and vision of these remarkable people.
Respond! capacity building strategies seeks to ensure communities foster the growth of the individual resident for the continued benefit of the whole community in order to counter disadvantage and promote inclusion. Respond! community enablers and volunteers are key to the success of these endeavours.
Respond! Ned Brennan Chief Operations Officer stated:
“National Volunteers week is an occasion to showcase the power of volunteering, however Respond! specifically wished to mark this week of volunteering by celebrating and thanking each and every volunteer for their remarkable spirit of giving”.
Respond! believe that National Volunteering Week is an excellent platform for organisations to spread the word about the good works being accomplished by volunteers, and perhaps in the process encouraging more people to engage in voluntary work. If you are interested in volunteering with Respond! please visit our website www.respond.ie
Published on May 15, 2013
Sandra McLellan TD speaks on the lack of ambulance cover in Cork east which was highlighted following the recent tragic death of Vakaris Martinaitis (2). When he had fallen and an emergency call was made, his parents were informed that there was no ambulance available. Click on the video below.
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Local Youghal man John McGrath who lived in the Clockgate Tower from 1939 to 1959 speaks about his memories of those day and other stories. The tower built in 1777 was part of the towns fortifications. It served the town as a gaol and a public gallows until 1837. It then became a family home. Video by Dan Linehan
BoatWarden a new, Irish developed, boat security product
BoatWarden is the solution for many boat owners who worry whether their boat is secure. Secure from the damage caused by leaks, broken moorings and, yes, theft too. An Irish company has developed a product range to solve these problems.
Click on the video below to see Kevin Hennessy explain how BoatWarden work
BoatWarden is a new electronic security system fitted into your boat which you control and monitor, from anywhere, using the BoatWarden phone App. From the comfort of your armchair, or from a beach in the Med., you can click on the App. and get an up to the minute status report, a location map, the alarm status, the battery levels and more. If anything goes wrong your boat will sound an alarm and siren and you will get an instant alert by text – this text will also be sent to a list of your friends too if you wish. Using the App. you can you can control your boat from anywhere. You can control the alarm, the bilge pumps, heating, lighting or just about any other device on your boat. BoatWarden is a complete solution to Protect, Monitor and Control your boat from your phone.
BoatWarden is designed to withstand the rigours of marine environment and there are BoatWarden products for most types of boat and outboard. Prices start at just €499 inc VAT for BoatWarden Pro the expandable solution for yachts and motor cruisers and €349 inc VAT for the BoatWarden Mobile designed for smaller boats and outboard engines.
BoatWarden was developed in Ireland by Kevin Hennessey who has been boating all his life. Kevin’s father lost a boat that pulled from its moorings and Kevin nearly lost his own when it’s bilge alarm failed. He looked for a solution that did not exist and so in 2009 he began developing BoatWarden. In 2010 the first BoatWarden systems were installed. The beta users then told their friends and today close to 100 BoatWarden systems have been sold by word of mouth.
So, what does BoatWarden monitor? Everything is customisable, and your own unique requirements are easy to manage, but as a starting point, here’s some of the main ones:
Low Battery Alarm
If you don’t have shore-power you’ll be keen to monitor your boat’s battery levels – if they fall below 11v you’ll get a notification.
Remotely ask the system where it is and you’ll instantly get a reply. Similarly you can set a ‘fence’ around your boat and if your boat moves out of this (ie: stolen or dragging a mooring) you’ll hear about it instantly
The cold weather last winter has sadly shown many boaters just how easy it is for water to get in and do serious damage. BoatWarden has a unique bilge sensor which you simply install above your automatic float switch. It has a 10 second delay to allow for normal wave action, but if it detects high water it’ll send you an alert and also switch on your bilge pump for 2 minutes. This monitor provides a full solution, as well as peace of mind.
Our unique BoatWarden outboard security system has been driven, in part, by our customers and their insurance companies. Outboard theft is sadly becoming more and more commonplace so we’ve designed a solution that includes an IP67-rated wire-snap that triggers the onboard alarms and notifies you immediately if it’s breached in any way. Tracking options, should the thieves continue to remove your outboard, are also available.
Hatches, doors, windows and even canvas studs can be monitored to alert you (and the unwanted visitors) to the fact that there’s been a breach.
Shore Power Monitoring
This is particularly useful if you leave your boat to its own devices for periods of time. If a breaker trips, someone disconnects you, or you run out of credit at your marina then you run a very high risk of damage being done on board. Whatever the reason, if you lose your 240v then you’ll hear about it instantly.
Passive and Reactive
Not only will all of these features respond to activation – you can also remotely manage them. You can turn lights and blowers on and off, pump the bilge, check location, switch on and off functionality all from the shoreline or thousands of miles away.
The installation is smaller than a cigarette box and works from the boat’s own power and also its own back-up battery – monitoring your boat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Rise of the Gangster Film. A special one day event at the Molly Keane Writers retreat in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, presented by Kevin Brownlow, film historian and honorary Academy Award winner.
Following on last years huge success, Glenbower family fun day in aid of Crumlin hospital and Youghal Cancer support group drew a large crowd from the surrounding areas, and further a field to celebrate May Sunday 2013 in Killeagh Co. Cork. Killeagh women and organizer Deirdre Fitzgerald for the second consecutive year, with the help of many people in the community held a day for families to gather and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Glenbower Woods. Children enjoyed face painting a bouncing castle, pony rides and a pet’s corner along with many other fun activities along the avenue in the woods. People out for the day got to enjoy live music by Pasty Irwin and band, and Dj David O keeffe. The Home produce stall did very well, with everybody enjoying home baking and refreshments made by many women in the community who worked closely with Deirdre. A lot of local business people helped make the occasion possible by donating prizes for the raffle along with their time and energy making the day a memorable one.
The funds raised all went to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and the Local charity Youghal Cancer Support Group. Through public donations Crumlin Hospital now provides cutting edge laboratory facilities and investigations into the causes and treatments of many childhood illness and diseases- which has won international recognition. Public fundraisers such as the one held in Glenbower on May 5th help these facilities work at full pace.
The Local Charity that came out in pink on the Family fun day was THE YOUGHAL CANCER SUPPORT GROUP- who is dedicated to opening a Support center in Youghal to offer help and support to all those who are, or have suffered the trauma of cancer. They have been fundraising tirelessly for over two years now and have achieved amazing results that brings them closer to the valuable community facility that will offer therapeutic support to families and sufferers of cancer. The best of luck to them in the coming months!
- Siobhan Fogarty
The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward, accompanied by the British Ambassador Domnick Chilcott, visited the Youghal RNLI station today ( Friday 3rd May 2013). The Duke was welcomed to the Youghal RNLI by Fergus Hopkins, Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager and Tadgh Kellegher, Chairman of Youghal RNLI. The Duke was then given a tour of the station where he chatted with members of the crew, station personnel and the fundraising committee. The Duke who holds the title of President of the RNLI also visited lifeboat stations in Helvick, An Rinn, Tramore and Dunmore East in Co Waterford. This was the second time the Duke of Kent paid a visit to the Youghal. He last visited the station back in 1998.
Click on the video below – Audio courtesy of Community Radio Youghal CRY 104fm