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”.
Photos and related videos below
First Cut! Youth Film Project
PLACES AVAILABLE: Easter Film Workshop in Youghal
Wed. 27th & Thurs. 28th March.
Contact us now if you are interested. Booking Essential. fee is €10.
Would you like to work with 2 professional filmmakers over Easter for 2 days?
Get to make a short film and develop your filmmaking skills.
This Young Filmmakers’ Workshop is a 2 day course that aims to provide young people with a thorough, hands-on experience in the fundamentals of filmmaking. You will take part in a series of practical filmmaking workshops over the two days that will cover all aspects of film production. You will improve your technical and creative understanding of production processes, learn on-set working practices and develop an understanding of visual storytelling techniques.
You will make a film which will be shown on the big screen at a film Gala event and You will be invited
This filmmaking course covers the basics of direction,cinematography, and editing. This is a fun, challenging and exciting programme designed for young aspiring filmmakers who want to learn from professionals and develop good team working skills.
First Cut! Film Project
First Cut! Youth Film Project working in association
with Cork Film Centre is funded by The Arts Office of Cork County Council
and South and East Cork Area Development Ltd, (SECAD).The First Cut! Film Festival receives financial assistance from the Arts Council.
SECAD takes part in STAR Awards Ceremony at the Burlington
‘Inspiring Communities – Time to Change’ Youghal
It was with great pride when SECAD learned that its flagship pathway programme ‘Inspiring Communities – Time to Change’ was shortlisted for the prestigious STAR Awards 2013 (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition). The STAR Awards are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning projects throughout Ireland. The awards celebrate the positive contribution that these projects make to our society, our economy and our local communities.
After a month of hard deliberation the independent STAR Awards Judging Panel drew up a shortlist of projects from 115 fantastic nominations. A total of 35 projects were shortlisted from the five categories; Ulster, Munster, Leinster, Connaught & Nationwide. The winners of each category were subsequently announced by John Lonergon (former Mountjoy governor) at the Awards Ceremony on 25th February last in Dublin. The ceremony was officially opened by Minister for Education & Skills, Ciarán Cannon.
SECAD attended the ceremony at the Burlington Hotel, represented by SECAD chairman, John Horgan & Programmes Manager, Toni MCaul. We were delighted to be accompanied on the day by two adult learners from the programme, Mary Sisk and Mary McCarthy, both of whom completed the Youghal programme. The delegation also comprised Evelyn McGrath from Cumann na Daoine, our local community partner in Youghal and our principle tutor on the programme, Catherine Ann O’Connell.
The ceremony itself was likened to the Academy Awards, which coincidentally had been held the previous evening, complete with drum-roll, spotlight cast on the winners, and full festive ambience in the packed conference centre. While SECAD’s nomination did not make the final cut and was outclassed in the end by Ballybeg Horticultural project in the Munster category, it was generally agreed that all shortlisted projects were winners on the day and a credit to furthering the cause of adult education and addressing inequalities in access to education and employment.
On Saturday last (9th March 2013) Will and Eillen McGoldrick and friends held a Thai “Come Dine with me” night in aid of ‘Cork Penny Dinners’ at their house The White Gables, The Mall, Youghal. Will and Alan Pike did the cooking and Eileen and Vicki Magee did the serving and were the Hostesses with the Mostess!. The diners donated a minimum of €25 per head, with all proceeds going to Penny Dinners. http://www.corkpennydinners.ie/wp/
The night started with a 1. Fizzy Drinks reception 2. 3 Course Thai meal including favourites like Thai Green Curry and Thai Beef Salad. All dishes were homemade from fresh ingredients.(full menu attached) 4. In total,16 people attended (diners included -Diane Magee, Sean Slattery & Theresa Slattery, Breeda Phillips, Lora Murphy, Helen Goulty, Tara McCarthy, Colin & Joan Pakeman, Za McCarthy All food was donated, from the dry ingredients to the fresh meat and fish, and a massive thank you goes out to i) Ken Brookes of Supervalu, ii) Steven and Sean Twomey, Master Butchers, Youghal, iii) Michael Taylor of Tesco Youghal, iv) Abbeyside Fishmongers
About Penny Dinners
Cork Penny Dinners
was founded during Famine times as a soup kitchen. We are currently serving well over 1000 meals per week, compared to around 150 a week two years ago. Our aim is a simple one – to give everyone who calls to our centre a hot nourishing midday meal. In addition, our clients get sandwiches and fruit to take away as an evening meal.There’s an open door and a warm welcome. We never judge, we serve.
Penny Dinners is located at
4 Little Hanover Street, Cork, Ireland.
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If you would like to volunteer, please call Caitriona on 085 12 01 742.
Funding of €290,000 for repairs of the collapsed wall at Moll Goggins’ Corner in Youghal has been welcomed by Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton. The funding forms part of Cork County Council’s Regional and Local Roads Allocations for 2013. “I am pleased that Cork County Council now have the necessary funding to carry out repairs on this stretch of road in Youghal. A section of wall at Moll Goggins Corner collapsed in spring last year and while temporary safety measures were put in place, a large tranche of funding was needed to allow long term repairs to ensure this does not reoccur. I would hope that with this allocation, remedial work will now get underway. “In addition to the allocation for Moll Goggins corner”
Read more click here www.stanton.ie
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Video below is The Diving Rocks, Youghal, 2002, Filmed by Liam Burke
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The beauty of Youghal, Ireland.
The brand new hour long documentary will be aired on Sunday the 27th of January at 1pm on CRY104fm and repeated on Thursday the 31st at 4pm.
“It stands in the centre of our town, a magnificent building that has seen it all and survived World Wars, the famine, floods, storms, emigration, and several recessions; a building which is a landmark in Youghal. A building which was the lifeblood of our community and provided employment to many over 400 years, and was the social hub and focal point of a town and a community that has seen its fortunes fluctuate over the years.
Click on the HD Video below to see the launch of the new radio documentary
Merrick’s Department Store, once Youghal’s premier retail outlet, now lies empty,and is a stark reminder of the economic times that we live in. But the building also offers us a reminder of more prosperous times, when the town of Youghal had almost full employment with a thriving port and industries which were the envy of towns throughout Ireland and Merrick’s Department store was at the heart of this thriving community”
The launch took place on Monday the 21st of January at the Mall Arts Centre of “Merricks” a brand new hour long documentary celebrating the now defunct department store which served the people of Youghal for almost 500 years and pays tribute to the people who worked there and which will be aired on Sunday the 27th of January at 1pm on CRY104fm and repeated on Thursday the 31st at 4pm.
The programme captures key living memories of the building, the business and the life that was Merrick’s department store. The staff and management of CRY feel that this one hour documentary will will be a valuable archive of one of Youghal’s great institutions.
The programme also includes Vox Pops from former customers and also highlights the impact of the closure of Merrick’s has had on the town and the wider community. The huge old building that lies empty in the centre of the town is a bleak reminder every day of Youghal’s recent decline but also serves as a reminder of what a significant store Merrick’s was and might yet be again in the future.
The Midleton Hillwalking Club was formed in March 2005 and was the first hill walking club in the greater East Cork area. The club provides Mountain walks, Hill walks, Trail walks and Low level local walks. Every second Sunday we trek on the mountains of South Munster. On alternate Saturday afternoons we walk locally in the East Cork Region. These walks vary from cliff walks, track walks, forest walks and riverside walks.
The new walking list up to April 2013 is now available on our website and we would welcome new members. Everyone gets to come on 2 free walks to try us out prior to joining! Our website is www.midletonhillwalkers.com and we’ve even in the early stages of planning a walking holiday in Tenerife in October!
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The Crib at St. Raphael’s will be open to the public from Christmas Day onwards between 10am and 5pm. Fr. Joe McGuane, Chaplain St. Raphael’s Centre will celebrate The Christmas Day Mass at 10am and Christmas Carols will be sung by The St. Raphael’s Staff Choir.
The Crib in St. Raphael’s Church, Youghal, has always been a place to visit for the people of the town and surrounding areas and much work has gone in to the building of this magnificent structure by the staff of St. Raphael’s Centre, who have dedicated many hours on the decorating of The Nativity scene for the adoration of the birth of Jesus for the people of the town. Youghal people in times past fondly remember praying at the crib and taken a strand of straw from the Manger as a memento of this most Holiest occasion on the birth of Jesus. Many churches leave the manger empty (without the baby Jesus) until Christmas Day to reflect that Jesus has not yet been born before then.
Youghal Catholic Parish
Christmas Liturgical Ceremonies 2012
CHRISTMAS VIGIL Monday 24th
7.30p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Church
7.30p.m. Holy Family Church
7.30p.m. St. Mary’s Church
11.30p.m. St. Mary’s Church
CHRISTMAS DAY Tuesday 25th
9.00am St. Mary’s Church
9.30a.m. St. Ita’s Church
10.00am Our Lady of Lourdes Church
11.00am. Holy Family Church
12 noon St. Mary’s Church
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Saturday 15th: 10.30am -11.00am St. Mary’s Church
Saturday 15th: After 6.30pm Mass Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Saturday 15th: After 7.30pm Mass Holy Family Church
Friday 21st: 10.30—11.00am Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Saturday 22nd: After 6.30pm Mass Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Saturday 22nd: After 7.30pm Mass Holy Family Church
Saturday 22nd: 10.30am – 12.00noon St. Mary’s Church
Monday 24th: 10.30am – 11am Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Monday 24th: 12noon – 1.30pm St. Mary’s Church
Thursday 20th December 7.30p.m.—8.30p.m. Holy Family Church
(A number of visiting priests will be available.)
Daily Mass during Christmas Week 24th – 29th December
Monday 24th December 8am St. Mary’s Church
Monday 24th December 10am Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Wednesday 26th December: 10am Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Thursday 27th December: 10am Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Friday 28th December 10am Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Saturday 29th December 10am St. Marys Church
Youghal Parish Office, Emmet Place, Youghal
PRIESTS OF THE PARISH:
V. Rev. Canon Tom Browne, P.P., South Abbey, Youghal Tel/Fax: 024-93199
Rev. Patrick Winkle, C.C., Youghal, Tel: 024-92270
Rev. Michael Murphy, C.C., Youghal, Tel: 024-92336
Rev. Patrick Relihan, C.C., Youghal, Tel: 024-92456
History of Youghal
Youghal is steeped in history, from St. Coran to the Franciscans and Dominican Friaries to Walter Raleigh and Oliver Cromwell. Youghal is a place of faith and its history is marked by the faith of so many lay faithful, religious and clergy who have served Christ and his Church faithfully; one such faithful servant was, Blessed Dominic Collins.
Today the faith continues to survive, though in different circumstances. The parish is unique in that it has 3 Churches in the town within a mile of one another and 1 Church in the Gortroe, country area of the parish. The parish welcomes many holiday makers and visitors from Easter to winter. Many come to experience the Historical town, but many others come for the beautiful beach, and relaxation. Youghal has a great reputation as a ‘Caring Town’, for within the parish boundaries, many people who are ill or elderly are looked after in the various homes, hospitals and houses. The Parish offers support and the Sacraments to the residents and patients.
The Parish has three Catholic primary schools, one second level school, and two religious communities. At the present moment there are four priests ministering to the parish. Many lay people are involved in the pastoral activities of the parish; eg. ministering to the sick, baptismal team, Legion of Mary, Pioneers, Lectors, Ministers of the Eucharist, Choirs, First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation, etc.
The Parish has a long history of faith going back to the 6th century. A great treasure has been handed on from one generation to the next. We continue that tradition and look for ‘new ways to pass on to young people the beauty and richness of friendship with Jesus Christ’, (Pope Benedict XVI letter to Catholics in Ireland).
Here are some important dates in the life of Youghal Parish.
575 St. Coran founded a monastery in Youghal.
1020 built St. Mary’s Church, now known as St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and serves the Church of Ireland still today,
1183 Knights Templar Order situated at Rhincrew,
1224 Franciscan South Abbey founded, it was said that first friars came from Assisi founded by St. Francis
1268 Dominican North Abbey founded.
1350 Benedictine Abbey at North Main St. founded.
1464 College of Our Lady of Youghal established for Seminarians
1577 Jesuit Hoouse and Grammer school founded
Reformation all religious expelled.
1602 Dominic Collins martyred in Youghal
1796 St. Mary’s Parish Church built, still servers today as parish Church,
oldest Catholic Church in the Diocese of Cloyne still active as a Parish Church.
Presentation Sisters came to town, subsequently built on site of former Franciscan Friary, (Sisters still in the Parish)
Christian Brothers arrive, (No longer in the parish)
Loreto Sisters establish a convent and school, (Sisters still in the parish).
1907 St. Ita’s Church Gortore, built
1939 Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Strand area of the parish, constructed,
1990 Holy Family Church, built, with parish Hall and meeting rooms.
1992 Dominic Collins Beatified by Pope John Paul II
Dominic Collins born in Youghal 1566, joined the Jesuits, in Spain. Returned in 1601 with Spanish army. He was captured and sent to Youghal to be executed, which took place on 31st October 1602.
THE OFFICIAL launch of the new and innovative Youghal iPhone App at Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal, on Thursday 13th December 2012. Mayor of County Cork, Barbara Murray launched the Youghal iPhone App.
Click on the AUDIO CLIPS BELOW below to listen to the guest speakers: Historian Kieran Groeger from Youghal Celebrates History, Aileen Murray YSEDG, Barbara Murray, Mayor of County Cork and Seamus O’Ceallachain, Principal Pobailscoil Na Trionoide.
Youghal iPhone App – Official Launch.
They ran down towards the pier on the fine Sunday afternoon (9th December 2012) afraid Santa would arrive before they got there. But Santa knew the children were coming and asked the crew of the Ballycotton lifeboat to wait out in the bay for a few minutes to give the stragglers time to get there.
Chris played Christmas songs on the pier for those waiting for Santa’s arrival. Kate spotted the reindeer grazing on the small island and brought Emmet and Sadhbh up to see them over the storm wall.
Suddenly the Ballycotton lifeboat was on the move and Santa could be seen at the front waving to the waiting children. The excitement on the pier was intense. The parents and children crowded around the end of the pier and patiently waited for the lifeboat to be moored at the steps. Martina and Fiona made sure everyone got their chance to tell Santa their last minute requests. A couple of the children sang a Christmas carol while they were waiting.
The volunteer lifeboat crew made Santa comfortable in the wheelhouse and helped the children aboard to have a private visit with him. On board the Ballycotton lifeboat were two crewmembers who, between them, have been volunteers with the Ballycotton lifeboat for 56 years. Eolan Walsh, 2nd Coxswain, was presented with a 20 year long service medal at a gathering on Friday night last, 7 December, and Redmond Lane Walsh, Coxswain, was presented with a 30 year long service medal at the same event. Colm Sliney, Deputy Launching Authority for Ballycotton lifeboat, and Michael Lane Walsh, retired station mechanic, were also presented with 30 year long service medals.
When all the waiting children had been seen Santa was brought back out to the island to gather the reindeer and head back to the North Pole. He has to finalise his list of toys and games for delivery in two weeks time.
Christmas Day swim 2012 in aid of Ballycotton lifeboat
The annual Christmas Day swim in aid of Ballycotton lifeboat will take place at Garryvoe beach in East Cork at 12 noon. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Bláthnaid on 087 4151475 for further details. Ballycotton lifeboat station would like to thank all those who have supported them in 2012; it was much appreciated. They hope the Christmas Day swimmers are well supported and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.