A PANEL of 18 prospective tour guides are set to undertake a comprehensive four day training programme on Youghal’s Heritage Trail commencing Monday 12th March 2012. The training workshop is being rolled out by Failte Ireland in association with Youghal Chamber of Tourism & Development. The aim of the course is to enable participants to communicate with clarity, sensitivity and authority; establishing effective rapport with tour groups while managing group dynamics.
Commenting on the training course, Chamber President, Mary O’Donnell wished all the participants well in their endeavours. “We are thrilled to be working alongside Failte Ireland in delivering a truly professional training course for 18 individuals who have signed up to become ambassadors for our town. This workshop came about as a direct result of Youghal Chamber securing CIE Escorted Tour Series for 2013 and a number of Tours for 2012 for a guided tour of Youghal. At the end of this training programme we believe we will have a panel of highly trained guides who will be able to deliver a tour and talk on all aspects of Youghal’s unique heritage. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all participants well in this most worthwhile course.”
Day one of the course (Monday 12th March) will focus on Youghal’s history and culture delivered by Catherine Desmond Archaeologist, National Monuments Service and Kieran Groeger, local historian. Kieran is also developing the official tour script that participants will deliver to tours. Presentations will also feature updates on Youghal’s visitor market segments and an update on the development of Youghal’s tourism product by Aileen Murray of The Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group. A series of local experts will also feature on the day to talk about Youghal’s maritime and sporting heritage.
March 26th and 27th will see participants undertake a two day tour guiding communication skills and customer care course presented by Philip Byrne, of Positive Options Consulting. This will be followed by a one day Communications Skills Assessment for each individual who on successful completion will be presented with their certificate to practice. Guides will therefore be in a position to communicate with clarity the history and culture, family friendliness of Youghal to individuals and groups, giving visitors a sense of place and of the people.
THE AILBRIN SOCIETY is pleased to present a talk by Kieran Heffernan “The Extraordinary Life and Times of Local Soldier and Artist, William Whitelocke Lloyd”. This will be held on Wednesday, 21st March at 7.30 pm in the Red Store, North Main Street, Youghal. Admission: members free; non-members: 5E. new members always welcome.
William Whitelocke LLoyd was born at Strancally Castle and as an army officer saw active service in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He was also an artist of considerable talent and became the official artist for the P&O and Union Castle Lines. Most of the watercolours and sketches he made during the Anglo-Zulu War were discovered in an album in January 2000. The talk will deal with the discovery of the album and its consequences.
The Ailbrin Society is delighted to begin its 2011/2012 season with a talk by Michael Hackett, a well known local historian. Michael will be sharing his reminiscences of Youghal, its characters and its theatrical traditions. This talk will be held on Wednesday, 19th October at 8.30 p.m. in the Red Store, North Main Street, Youghal. The AGM of the Society will be held after this meeting. Admission: Members -free; Guests: 5E. New members always welcome.
RELATED NEWS: At the Celebrating Cork’s Past Exhibition on last friday the 30th September, held at City Hall, the Youghal stand was very popular.
Corkonians were very interested in the books written by Mike Hackett. As a result, the presenter of a Cork City radio show, Dr. Richard Cooke was eager for Mike to give an interview for the people of Cork. They were fascinated by his stories and his wealth of knowledge.
Michael’s interview will be aired on Sunday 9th October 2011 at 5-6pm on Cork radio station 100-5FM.