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Youghal, a seaside town in Co. Cork, Ireland, is a blend of ancient history, heritage, and coastal charm. It offers miles of sandy beaches, stunning coastal views, and modern amenities, making it an ideal vacation destination.

The town’s history can be explored through its heritage sites and landmarks, such as the 13th-century St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal Town Walls and Youghal Friary. Figures like Oliver Cromwell, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Richard Boyle have left their mark on the town, which also features the iconic Youghal Clock Gate Tower.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking and cycling through the scenic countryside, while the long stretch of sandy beach offers opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

The town also boasts a variety of dining and entertainment options, from traditional Irish pubs to contemporary restaurants and cafes, and hosts events and festivals throughout the year.

Our guide on accommodation in Youghal helps you find the best options for your stay. From cozy bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, self-catering to luxurious hotels, we have something for everyone.

Youghal is an enchanting town on the Irish coast, where history, nature, and comfort come together. You will have a wonderful time exploring its rich heritage and scenic surroundings.

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Colours of Compassion: Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser for the stricken people of Palestine.

Eileen McGoldrick, a beacon of artistic talent in the heart of Youghal, has once again captured the essence of beauty and compassion in her latest exhibition, Art for Palestine. Stepping into the gallery on North Main Street, one is immediately immersed in a world of vibrant colors and stirring landscapes, each canvas a testament to McGoldricks remarkable skill and unwavering dedication to her craft.

But this exhibition is more than just a showcase of artistry; it is a profound statement of solidarity and support for the people of Palestine. As patrons admire the intricacies of McGoldricks oil paintings, they are also reminded of the harsh realities faced by those halfway across the globe. The proceeds from this two-day charity event, organised by the Youghal For Palestine group, are earmarked to aid the innocent victims who have suffered amidst the turmoil in Palestine.

In this noble endeavour, the funds raised from the exhibition will be channeled towards the remarkable efforts of Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders. Renowned for their unwavering commitment to providing medical aid where its needed most, MSF operates with independence, neutrality, and impartiality, principles that align perfectly with the spirit of compassion and solidarity driving this event.
As attendees marvel at the artistry on display, they are also reminded of the vital importance of organisations like MSF in delivering lifesaving care to those who need it most, regardless of political or social boundaries.
The spirit of generosity and compassion fills the air as attendees mingle amongst the artwork, their hearts moved by both the beauty of the paintings and the noble cause they support. Amongst the crowd, Eileen McGoldrick stands at the centre, a humble yet formidable figure, her passion for her craft matched only by her dedication to making a difference in the world.

Local landscapes and breathtaking seascapes adorn the walls, each brushstroke a testament to McGoldricks deep connection to her surroundings. Through her art, she not only captures the essence of the Irish countryside but also fosters a sense of unity and empathy among all who behold her work.

In addition to the exhibition, a raffle added an extra layer of excitement to the event, drawing in supporters eager to contribute to the cause. The sense of camaraderie is palpable as patrons come together to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine, their generosity shining bright amidst the darkness of adversity.

As Irish artists continue to lend their voices to causes of justice and compassion, Eileen McGoldrick stands as a shining example of the power of art to inspire change and foster empathy. Through Art for Palestine, she not only showcases her extraordinary talent but also reminds us of our shared humanity and the importance of standing together in support of those in need.

Photo: Strokes of Solidarity - Artist Eileen McGoldrick at the launch of Art for Palestine, North Main Street, Youghal, on Friday, 1st March, 2024. The proceeds from this two-day charity event will go to Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders.

Colours of Compassion: Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser for the stricken people of Palestine.

Eileen McGoldrick, a beacon of artistic talent in the heart of Youghal, has once again captured the essence of beauty and compassion in her latest exhibition, "Art for Palestine". Stepping into the gallery on North Main Street, one is immediately immersed in a world of vibrant colors and stirring landscapes, each canvas a testament to McGoldrick's remarkable skill and unwavering dedication to her craft.

But this exhibition is more than just a showcase of artistry; it is a profound statement of solidarity and support for the people of Palestine. As patrons admire the intricacies of McGoldrick's oil paintings, they are also reminded of the harsh realities faced by those halfway across the globe. The proceeds from this two-day charity event, organised by the Youghal For Palestine group, are earmarked to aid the innocent victims who have suffered amidst the turmoil in Palestine.

In this noble endeavour, the funds raised from the exhibition will be channeled towards the remarkable efforts of Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders. Renowned for their unwavering commitment to providing medical aid where it's needed most, MSF operates with independence, neutrality, and impartiality, principles that align perfectly with the spirit of compassion and solidarity driving this event.
As attendees marvel at the artistry on display, they are also reminded of the vital importance of organisations like MSF in delivering lifesaving care to those who need it most, regardless of political or social boundaries.
The spirit of generosity and compassion fills the air as attendees mingle amongst the artwork, their hearts moved by both the beauty of the paintings and the noble cause they support. Amongst the crowd, Eileen McGoldrick stands at the centre, a humble yet formidable figure, her passion for her craft matched only by her dedication to making a difference in the world.

Local landscapes and breathtaking seascapes adorn the walls, each brushstroke a testament to McGoldrick's deep connection to her surroundings. Through her art, she not only captures the essence of the Irish countryside but also fosters a sense of unity and empathy among all who behold her work.

In addition to the exhibition, a raffle added an extra layer of excitement to the event, drawing in supporters eager to contribute to the cause. The sense of camaraderie is palpable as patrons come together to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine, their generosity shining bright amidst the darkness of adversity.

As Irish artists continue to lend their voices to causes of justice and compassion, Eileen McGoldrick stands as a shining example of the power of art to inspire change and foster empathy. Through "Art for Palestine", she not only showcases her extraordinary talent but also reminds us of our shared humanity and the importance of standing together in support of those in need.

Photo: Strokes of Solidarity - Artist Eileen McGoldrick at the launch of "Art for Palestine", North Main Street, Youghal, on Friday, 1st March, 2024. The proceeds from this two-day charity event will go to Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders.
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Artistic Activism: Eileen McGoldricks Tribute to Palestines Plight

Eileen McGoldrick, a beacon of artistic talent in the heart of Youghal, has once again captured the essence of beauty and compassion in her latest exhibition, Art for Palestine. Stepping into the gallery on North Main Street, one is immediately immersed in a world of vibrant colours and stirring landscapes, each canvas a testament to McGoldricks remarkable skill and unwavering dedication to her craft.

But this exhibition is more than just a showcase of artistry; it is a profound statement of solidarity and support for the people of Palestine. As patrons admire the intricacies of McGoldricks oil paintings, they are also reminded of the harsh realities faced by those halfway across the globe. The proceeds from this two-day charity event, organised by the Youghal For Palestine group, are earmarked to aid the innocent victims who have suffered amidst the turmoil in Palestine.

In this noble endeavour, the funds raised from the exhibition will be channeled towards the remarkable efforts of Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders. Renowned for their unwavering commitment to providing medical aid where its needed most, MSF operates with independence, neutrality, and impartiality, principles that align perfectly with the spirit of compassion and solidarity driving this event.
As attendees marvel at the artistry on display, they are also reminded of the vital importance of organisations like MSF in delivering lifesaving care to those who need it most, regardless of political or social boundaries.
The spirit of generosity and compassion fills the air as attendees mingle amongst the artwork, their hearts moved by both the beauty of the paintings and the noble cause they support. Amongst the crowd, Eileen McGoldrick stands at the centre, a humble yet formidable figure, her passion for her craft matched only by her dedication to making a difference in the world.

Local landscapes and breathtaking seascapes adorn the walls, each brushstroke a testament to McGoldricks deep connection to her surroundings. Through her art, she not only captures the essence of the Irish countryside but also fosters a sense of unity and empathy among all who behold her work.

In addition to the exhibition, a raffle added an extra layer of excitement to the event, drawing in supporters eager to contribute to the cause. The sense of camaraderie is palpable as patrons come together to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine, their generosity shining bright amidst the darkness of adversity.

As Irish artists continue to lend their voices to causes of justice and compassion, Eileen McGoldrick stands as a shining example of the power of art to inspire change and foster empathy. Through Art for Palestine, she not only showcases her extraordinary talent but also reminds us of our shared humanity and the importance of standing together in support of those in need.

Photo: Eileen McGoldrick, the artist (centre), accompanied by John and Eithne Flynn, during the launch of Art for Palestine on North Main Street, Youghal, on Friday, March 1st, 2024.

Artistic Activism: Eileen McGoldrick's Tribute to Palestine's Plight

Eileen McGoldrick, a beacon of artistic talent in the heart of Youghal, has once again captured the essence of beauty and compassion in her latest exhibition, "Art for Palestine". Stepping into the gallery on North Main Street, one is immediately immersed in a world of vibrant colours and stirring landscapes, each canvas a testament to McGoldrick's remarkable skill and unwavering dedication to her craft.

But this exhibition is more than just a showcase of artistry; it is a profound statement of solidarity and support for the people of Palestine. As patrons admire the intricacies of McGoldrick's oil paintings, they are also reminded of the harsh realities faced by those halfway across the globe. The proceeds from this two-day charity event, organised by the Youghal For Palestine group, are earmarked to aid the innocent victims who have suffered amidst the turmoil in Palestine.

In this noble endeavour, the funds raised from the exhibition will be channeled towards the remarkable efforts of Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders. Renowned for their unwavering commitment to providing medical aid where it's needed most, MSF operates with independence, neutrality, and impartiality, principles that align perfectly with the spirit of compassion and solidarity driving this event.
As attendees marvel at the artistry on display, they are also reminded of the vital importance of organisations like MSF in delivering lifesaving care to those who need it most, regardless of political or social boundaries.
The spirit of generosity and compassion fills the air as attendees mingle amongst the artwork, their hearts moved by both the beauty of the paintings and the noble cause they support. Amongst the crowd, Eileen McGoldrick stands at the centre, a humble yet formidable figure, her passion for her craft matched only by her dedication to making a difference in the world.

Local landscapes and breathtaking seascapes adorn the walls, each brushstroke a testament to McGoldrick's deep connection to her surroundings. Through her art, she not only captures the essence of the Irish countryside but also fosters a sense of unity and empathy among all who behold her work.

In addition to the exhibition, a raffle added an extra layer of excitement to the event, drawing in supporters eager to contribute to the cause. The sense of camaraderie is palpable as patrons come together to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine, their generosity shining bright amidst the darkness of adversity.

As Irish artists continue to lend their voices to causes of justice and compassion, Eileen McGoldrick stands as a shining example of the power of art to inspire change and foster empathy. Through "Art for Palestine", she not only showcases her extraordinary talent but also reminds us of our shared humanity and the importance of standing together in support of those in need.

Photo: Eileen McGoldrick, the artist (centre), accompanied by John and Eithne Flynn, during the launch of "Art for Palestine" on North Main Street, Youghal, on Friday, March 1st, 2024.
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Well done Eileen McGoldrick great artist great cause super neighbour ❤️

An incredibly talented artist with a HUGE heart!

Well done Eileen and such a good cause👏👏👏

Well done!!! And well done mam and dad 🇵🇸❤️

Well done Eileen 🩷👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Beautiful art and a wonderful occasion. Well done Eileen & team ! 👏👏👏 The people of Ireland continue to bear witness to the situation in Palestine, and continue to support efforts to promote a ceasefire and to provide humanitarian relief.

Sorcha Lynch

Well Done Eileen.x

Well Done Eileen 🇵🇸🇵🇸

Everyone’s forgotten about the victims of the Palestinians- the 100’s of thousands of Israelis who are out of their homes. The children still being held, raped and tortured by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. The families slaughtered on Oct 7. Why is Ireland petting the aggressors?

Any thought for the Hostages...I guess not...

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Transforming Vacant Spaces into Living Museums

In an inspiring display of community spirit and creativity, the Youghal Business Alliance, along with volunteers from the Kathleen and May Experience, are embarking on a remarkable endeavour to breathe new life into the towns vacant and closed-down shops. Currently, three vacant premises are undergoing a transformation led by dedicated volunteers, each bringing their expertise to reimagine these spaces as individual museums celebrating Youghals rich history, heritage, and people.

One such venture is the conversion of the former Hartnetts Butcher shop on North Main Street into the Youghal Film and Photography Museum. This unique museum will showcase the towns significant contributions to the world of film history, including its pioneering role in Irish filmmaking by the internationally renowned Horgan Bros. Highlighting Youghals distinction as the birthplace of Irish filming and the first for animation, the museum will feature captivating collections such as the Mikey Roche Collection, The Billy Matthes Collection, The Bobby Bickerdike Collection, and the Andy Kelly Collection. Additionally, guest speakers will offer insights into the towns wealth of film and photography.

Another vacant shop, the well-known John Kennedy “Gossip Shop” on North Main Street, will be transformed to showcase Youghals unique history in lace making. This initiative will honour the towns legacy as a centre for lace production and celebrate the skill and craftsmanship of its artisans.

Meanwhile, a vacant shop on South Main Street has already been converted to showcase Youghals maritime heritage and history, further enriching the towns cultural offerings.

Exciting plans are also underway to convert more vacant shops into museums, including dedicating a premises to showcase The Redbarn Ballroom years, adding to the towns vibrant cultural tapestry.

This ambitious project reflects a renewed sense of pride and determination among the people of Youghal to preserve and celebrate their heritage. As the town continues to revitalise its main streets and landmarks, with the success of beach boardwalks and increasing footfall in heritage buildings, there is much anticipation for the opening of the Greenway from Youghal to Killeagh in July, which promises significant benefits for the community.

Despite the challenges, the people of Youghal remain resilient and optimistic, buoyed by recent achievements such as the recognition of its beaches with three blue flags. With new additions to the community, including renowned entrepreneur James Dyson, who recently acquired Ballynatrea House, there is a sense of renewed energy and hope for the towns future.

As the fight to rejuvenate Youghal gathers momentum, the support of local authorities and stakeholders is crucial. Its time for Youghal to reclaim its place on the map and thrive once again, fueled by the determination and resilience of its people. The fightback has begun, and the future of Youghal looks brighter than ever before.
by Michael Hussey

Image: Youghals Renaissance: Volunteers Take the Lead in Transforming Vacant Main Street Spaces into Living Museums. Formerly Hartnetts Butcher Shop, Now Set to Become the Youghal Film and Photography Museum.

Transforming Vacant Spaces into Living Museums

In an inspiring display of community spirit and creativity, the Youghal Business Alliance, along with volunteers from the Kathleen and May Experience, are embarking on a remarkable endeavour to breathe new life into the town's vacant and closed-down shops. Currently, three vacant premises are undergoing a transformation led by dedicated volunteers, each bringing their expertise to reimagine these spaces as individual museums celebrating Youghal's rich history, heritage, and people.

One such venture is the conversion of the former Hartnett's Butcher shop on North Main Street into the Youghal Film and Photography Museum. This unique museum will showcase the town's significant contributions to the world of film history, including its pioneering role in Irish filmmaking by the internationally renowned Horgan Bros. Highlighting Youghal's distinction as the birthplace of Irish filming and the first for animation, the museum will feature captivating collections such as the Mikey Roche Collection, The Billy Matthes Collection, The Bobby Bickerdike Collection, and the Andy Kelly Collection. Additionally, guest speakers will offer insights into the town's wealth of film and photography.

Another vacant shop, the well-known John Kennedy “Gossip Shop” on North Main Street, will be transformed to showcase Youghal's unique history in lace making. This initiative will honour the town's legacy as a centre for lace production and celebrate the skill and craftsmanship of its artisans.

Meanwhile, a vacant shop on South Main Street has already been converted to showcase Youghal's maritime heritage and history, further enriching the town's cultural offerings.

Exciting plans are also underway to convert more vacant shops into museums, including dedicating a premises to showcase The Redbarn Ballroom years, adding to the town's vibrant cultural tapestry.

This ambitious project reflects a renewed sense of pride and determination among the people of Youghal to preserve and celebrate their heritage. As the town continues to revitalise its main streets and landmarks, with the success of beach boardwalks and increasing footfall in heritage buildings, there is much anticipation for the opening of the Greenway from Youghal to Killeagh in July, which promises significant benefits for the community.

Despite the challenges, the people of Youghal remain resilient and optimistic, buoyed by recent achievements such as the recognition of its beaches with three blue flags. With new additions to the community, including renowned entrepreneur James Dyson, who recently acquired Ballynatrea House, there is a sense of renewed energy and hope for the town's future.

As the fight to rejuvenate Youghal gathers momentum, the support of local authorities and stakeholders is crucial. It's time for Youghal to reclaim its place on the map and thrive once again, fueled by the determination and resilience of its people. The fightback has begun, and the future of Youghal looks brighter than ever before.
by Michael Hussey

Image: Youghal's Renaissance: Volunteers Take the Lead in Transforming Vacant Main Street Spaces into Living Museums. Formerly Hartnett's Butcher Shop, Now Set to Become the Youghal Film and Photography Museum.
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Great initiative

Excellent news

Well done to all involved. You are all making a huge and admirable effort to revitalise our lovely and historical town.

Brilliant - best news in years!! Well done

Great idea, well done!👍😀

So happy to read this. My grandfather and great-grandparents hailed from Youghal and we visited in September. I feel a strong connection to Youghal. As an outsider, the clock tower I read has a ton of history. Maybe somewhere you could showcase it if it already hasn’t been done? Good luck on your endeavors!

Nice.

Wishing them all the best fair play to them .. KEEP POLITICIANS AWAY FROM IT ,, just look at the result of their work over the last 40 year's all around YOUGHAL,,

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Building a Brighter Future: Youghal Business Alliances Resilience and Vision

In the heart of Youghal, a dynamic force is shaping the landscape of local commerce and community engagement. The Youghal Business Alliance, a proactive collective of passionate entrepreneurs and business owners, is on a mission to celebrate and elevate all that Youghal has to offer.

Leading this charge are the dedicated members of the Youghal Business Alliance, a group of individuals whose unwavering dedication and innovative spirit are driving positive change in our town. Despite the challenges highlighted in recent reports of Youghals economic decline and high vacancy rates, these individuals embody the true spirit of Youghal, fighting against the odds with their ideas and business acumen.

Their commitment to Youghals prosperity is nothing short of inspiring. Through their fortnightly meetings and collaborative efforts, they are actively working to revitalise our local economy and create opportunities for growth and development. Their passion for the town is palpable, and their determination to see it thrive is unwavering.

The Youghal Business Alliance is not just about business; its about community spirit and resilience. These individuals are more than entrepreneurs; they are the backbone of our town, working tirelessly to preserve its heritage and promote its unique character. Their efforts extend far beyond the realm of commerce, as they strive to create a vibrant and inclusive community for all.

One of the hallmarks of the Youghal Business Alliance is their innovative approach to promoting local businesses. From their engaging promotional films to their networking events and support programs, they are constantly finding new ways to showcase the talents and offerings of our towns entrepreneurs. Their dedication to highlighting the best of Youghal is truly commendable.

But perhaps most importantly, the Youghal Business Alliance is a testament to the power of collaboration and unity. In the face of adversity, these individuals have come together to support one another, sharing ideas, resources, and encouragement. Their camaraderie is a shining example of what can be achieved when a community works together towards a common goal.

In celebrating the achievements of the Youghal Business Alliance, we celebrate the resilience and spirit of our town. These individuals are not just business owners; they are the heart and soul of Youghal, and we are fortunate to have them leading the way towards a brighter future.

Your dedication, passion, and innovation are truly a credit to our town, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact you will continue to make in the days and years to come.
Photo: Michael Hussey

Building a Brighter Future: Youghal Business Alliance's Resilience and Vision

In the heart of Youghal, a dynamic force is shaping the landscape of local commerce and community engagement. The Youghal Business Alliance, a proactive collective of passionate entrepreneurs and business owners, is on a mission to celebrate and elevate all that Youghal has to offer.

Leading this charge are the dedicated members of the Youghal Business Alliance, a group of individuals whose unwavering dedication and innovative spirit are driving positive change in our town. Despite the challenges highlighted in recent reports of Youghal's economic decline and high vacancy rates, these individuals embody the true spirit of Youghal, fighting against the odds with their ideas and business acumen.

Their commitment to Youghal's prosperity is nothing short of inspiring. Through their fortnightly meetings and collaborative efforts, they are actively working to revitalise our local economy and create opportunities for growth and development. Their passion for the town is palpable, and their determination to see it thrive is unwavering.

The Youghal Business Alliance is not just about business; it's about community spirit and resilience. These individuals are more than entrepreneurs; they are the backbone of our town, working tirelessly to preserve its heritage and promote its unique character. Their efforts extend far beyond the realm of commerce, as they strive to create a vibrant and inclusive community for all.

One of the hallmarks of the Youghal Business Alliance is their innovative approach to promoting local businesses. From their engaging promotional films to their networking events and support programs, they are constantly finding new ways to showcase the talents and offerings of our town's entrepreneurs. Their dedication to highlighting the best of Youghal is truly commendable.

But perhaps most importantly, the Youghal Business Alliance is a testament to the power of collaboration and unity. In the face of adversity, these individuals have come together to support one another, sharing ideas, resources, and encouragement. Their camaraderie is a shining example of what can be achieved when a community works together towards a common goal.

In celebrating the achievements of the Youghal Business Alliance, we celebrate the resilience and spirit of our town. These individuals are not just business owners; they are the heart and soul of Youghal, and we are fortunate to have them leading the way towards a brighter future.

Your dedication, passion, and innovation are truly a credit to our town, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact you will continue to make in the days and years to come.
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Wonderful to see this

The Town council needs to come with a plan to tidy up the shop fronts that lay idle and smarten up the Main Street and more importantly implement it, and encourage more entrepreneurial businesses through the chamber of commerce. Intentions are great but it’s the work that gets it done, Good Luck 🤞

Guys I wish you the best of luck☘ as our lovely town is now so shabby and run down we need a miracle ??🏗⛲🚂🏘🏦🏤🎭

Youghal needs industrail developement and a rail or bus corridor.

We don't have a Town Council. Just a Helen running the show!!!

I'm just wondering what they can do at all. Alot of volunteers in this town but I'm sorry to say we don't have attractive business in youghal. Let's start by saying most restaurants only open few days a week... Quays bars and restaurant is probably the one of the best in Cork county... Open 7 days a week and staff and managers are flat out... But they cannot do it on their own.. When other places only open 5 days the pressure comes on the rest. Our only hotel is closed 2or3 days a week so that's not attractive during the week for people to stay. Roseville guest house is making all the news for been one of the best in the country and why not it looks amazing. We have a boardwalk that's wonderful but again there's nothing out that way coffee shop yes but that's it. Circle way coming shortly and hopefully people will come into the town. We need shops on the main street and industry to generate money in the town. Pubs closed 2 days a week and i don't blame them. It's not pretty reading i know.. We have no one to fight for the town it's great to sit around the table and talk.. Its actions we need... Lobby or public representatives day and night. The first thing this committee should do is to call a public meeting with all east cork tds invited to attend and don't have the meetings till their available. Let's take it from there. We have beautiful sites in town for tourists.

Lovely ppl but what they did or going to do?

They are trying to get representation to fight for Youghal. We need a full representative Town Council not just a Helen.

Get rid of that paid parking woukd be.first thing !!!!!!! Encourage people to park in town not to midleton or futher

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Youghal Launches Lifesaving Initiative: Message in a Bottle
In this heartening video clip, Damian Carberry, Message in a Bottle District Officer for Lions Clubs Ireland, alongside Kiernan Quinn, Marketing and Development Officer for Youghal Credit Union, and Frank Downes of Youghal Active Retirement Association (YARA), share their enthusiasm for the lifesaving initiative. With genuine passion, they urge community members to participate in the launch of Message in a Bottle and take a bottle home.

Their shared commitment to enhancing emergency response efforts underscores the importance of community involvement in ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents. Watch as these dedicated individuals inspire action and foster a sense of unity in Youghal's ongoing mission to prioritise preparedness and care for one another.

The launch took place in the sunlit Mall Arts Centre in Youghal on Thursday the 29th of February, 2024.
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Important Notice: Youghal Unites: Shaping Our Shared Future

Dear Residents of Youghal,

Your active participation is crucial for shaping the future of our beloved town. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme beckons for your involvement in crafting a creative community vision for economic and community wellbeing. Youghals success in the Town Centre First Scheme hinges upon the full engagement of our community.

With the deadline for submission to the Department fast approaching on March 6th, time is of the essence. We urge you to join us for a kick-off community brainstorming session where we will gather your invaluable visions for the renewal outcomes of our town.

Event Details:
Date: Monday, 4th March 2024
Venue: Bru Na Si, Address Code P36 H265
Time: 7 PM
Facilitated By: Public Participation Network Representative

This gathering is an opportunity for every voice in our community to be heard. Together, let us envision and build a brighter future for Youghal. Please mark your calendars and make it a priority to attend. Your input is not just valuable; its essential.

Thank you for your commitment to the betterment of our town.

Important Notice: Youghal Unites: Shaping Our Shared Future

Dear Residents of Youghal,

Your active participation is crucial for shaping the future of our beloved town. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme beckons for your involvement in crafting a creative community vision for economic and community wellbeing. Youghal's success in the Town Centre First Scheme hinges upon the full engagement of our community.

With the deadline for submission to the Department fast approaching on March 6th, time is of the essence. We urge you to join us for a kick-off community brainstorming session where we will gather your invaluable visions for the renewal outcomes of our town.

Event Details:
Date: Monday, 4th March 2024
Venue: Bru Na Si, Address Code P36 H265
Time: 7 PM
Facilitated By: Public Participation Network Representative

This gathering is an opportunity for every voice in our community to be heard. Together, let us envision and build a brighter future for Youghal. Please mark your calendars and make it a priority to attend. Your input is not just valuable; it's essential.

Thank you for your commitment to the betterment of our town.
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Youghal Launches Lifesaving Initiative: Message in a Bottle

In this heartening video clip, Damian Carberry, Message in a Bottle District Officer for Lions Clubs Ireland, alongside Kiernan Quinn, Marketing and Development Officer for Youghal Credit Union, and Frank Downes of Youghal Active Retirement Association (YARA), share their enthusiasm for the lifesaving initiative. With genuine passion, they urge community members to participate in the launch of Message in a Bottle and take a bottle home. Their shared commitment to enhancing emergency response efforts underscores the importance of community involvement in ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents. Watch as these dedicated individuals inspire action and foster a sense of unity in Youghal's ongoing mission to prioritise preparedness and care for one another.

The launch took place in the sunlit Mall Arts Centre in Youghal on Thursday the 29th of February, 2024.
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Thank you Michael Theresa has won in the fridge

Celebrating Youghal St. Marys Brass and Reed Band

Youghals rich musical tapestry finds its vibrant thread in St. Marys Brass and Reed Band, a cherished institution spanning four decades. On March 15th, the Red Store Restaurant in Youghal will host the launch of Liam Healys A Tradition Lost - St. Marys Brass and Reed Band Youghal 1969 - 2006, a testament to the bands journey.

Reflecting on humble beginnings in 1969, a handful of musicians breathed life into the band, leaving an indelible mark on the towns cultural heritage. From leading parades to performing at local events, their melodies became ingrained in community life.

The bands pinnacle in the 1980s saw them triumph in competitions and resonate through neighbouring towns. Even today, their legacy endures, celebrated during last Septembers Culture Night when Liam shared tales of yesteryear combined with the film screening of the bands 21st-anniversary concert plus a live performance by local musician Jake Kalilec.

Join the celebration on March 15th at 7 pm, where memories will intertwine with melodies, honouring a tradition cherished by all. In stories shared and harmonies sung, St. Marys Brass and Reed Bands legacy shines as a timeless tribute to the power of music and community.
Image: Book cover A Tradition Lost - St. Marys Brass and Reed Band Youghal 1969 - 2006, Back cover photo courtesy of Michael Hussey.

Celebrating Youghal St. Mary's Brass and Reed Band

Youghal's rich musical tapestry finds its vibrant thread in St. Mary's Brass and Reed Band, a cherished institution spanning four decades. On March 15th, the Red Store Restaurant in Youghal will host the launch of Liam Healy's "A Tradition Lost - St. Mary's Brass and Reed Band Youghal 1969 - 2006," a testament to the band's journey.

Reflecting on humble beginnings in 1969, a handful of musicians breathed life into the band, leaving an indelible mark on the town's cultural heritage. From leading parades to performing at local events, their melodies became ingrained in community life.

The band's pinnacle in the 1980s saw them triumph in competitions and resonate through neighbouring towns. Even today, their legacy endures, celebrated during last September's Culture Night when Liam shared tales of yesteryear combined with the film screening of the band's 21st-anniversary concert plus a live performance by local musician Jake Kalilec.

Join the celebration on March 15th at 7 pm, where memories will intertwine with melodies, honouring a tradition cherished by all. In stories shared and harmonies sung, St. Mary's Brass and Reed Band's legacy shines as a timeless tribute to the power of music and community.
Image: Book cover "A Tradition Lost - St. Mary's Brass and Reed Band Youghal 1969 - 2006," Back cover photo courtesy of Michael Hussey.
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Looking forward to being there, great memories

Spent a few years there in my younger days.

Still have my clarinet ! Would love to know if anybody in town could teach me !

I think this is the time to revive the band, it is sadly missed and if the right people got together surely it could be done

Our Dad Thomas B Williams was also a member of St Marys Brass and Reed Band he along with jim Coleman played trumpet and our dad also held the staff at the front theres great footage online of him swinging the staff as he lead the band under theclockgate

Well done Liam ,, looking forward to seeing you there ,, best of luck(Billy Collins .)

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A Tale of Two Cork Towns: Youghals Struggle Amid Carrigalines Success.

In a stark revelation of the economic chasm existing within Corks landscape, the once-thriving town of Youghal finds itself mired in a disheartening tale of decline and desolation. Once celebrated as the jewel of the South of Ireland, Youghal now stands as a haunting emblem of neglect, with its bustling streets now echoing with the silence of closed shops and vacant storefronts.

The latest report on Vacancy Rates in Commercial Properties, as reported on the Corkbeo website, paints a grim picture for Youghal, revealing a staggering vacancy rate of 20%, making it the least vibrant town for business in Cork. This damning statistic serves as a testament to the myriad of challenges plaguing the town, as decades of decline have taken their toll on its once-thriving commercial landscape.

Recent closures of well-known pubs and businesses further underscore the severity of the situation, leaving residents and local business owners grappling with a sense of despondency and frustration. The town, which was once hailed as the tourist capital of the South, now finds itself teetering on the brink of obscurity, as its economic vitality continues to erode.

In contrast to Youghals woes, neighbouring Carrigaline emerges as a beacon of prosperity, boasting one of the lowest vacancy rates nationwide. This juxtaposition serves as a stark reminder of the diverging trajectories of Corks towns, with Carrigalines success serving as a bitter pill for Youghal to swallow.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Dara Keogh, CEO of GeoDirectory, highlighted the multifaceted nature of the challenges facing Irelands commercial landscape. Factors such as rising business costs, shifting consumer habits, and the prevalence of hybrid working models have all contributed to the escalating vacancy rates observed nationwide.

As Youghal grapples with the harsh realities of its economic decline, residents and local stakeholders are left clamoring for solutions. The time for action is now, as the towns once-vibrant spirit risks being extinguished by the relentless tide of dereliction and despair. The call for revitalisation echoes loudly through Youghals streets, as its resilient community refuses to be relegated to the annals of history.
Photo of Youghal beach from the 1980s by Michael Hussey

A Tale of Two Cork Towns: Youghal's Struggle Amid Carrigaline's Success.

In a stark revelation of the economic chasm existing within Cork's landscape, the once-thriving town of Youghal finds itself mired in a disheartening tale of decline and desolation. Once celebrated as the jewel of the South of Ireland, Youghal now stands as a haunting emblem of neglect, with its bustling streets now echoing with the silence of closed shops and vacant storefronts.

The latest report on Vacancy Rates in Commercial Properties, as reported on the Corkbeo website, paints a grim picture for Youghal, revealing a staggering vacancy rate of 20%, making it the least vibrant town for business in Cork. This damning statistic serves as a testament to the myriad of challenges plaguing the town, as decades of decline have taken their toll on its once-thriving commercial landscape.

Recent closures of well-known pubs and businesses further underscore the severity of the situation, leaving residents and local business owners grappling with a sense of despondency and frustration. The town, which was once hailed as the tourist capital of the South, now finds itself teetering on the brink of obscurity, as its economic vitality continues to erode.

In contrast to Youghal's woes, neighbouring Carrigaline emerges as a beacon of prosperity, boasting one of the lowest vacancy rates nationwide. This juxtaposition serves as a stark reminder of the diverging trajectories of Cork's towns, with Carrigaline's success serving as a bitter pill for Youghal to swallow.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Dara Keogh, CEO of GeoDirectory, highlighted the multifaceted nature of the challenges facing Ireland's commercial landscape. Factors such as rising business costs, shifting consumer habits, and the prevalence of hybrid working models have all contributed to the escalating vacancy rates observed nationwide.

As Youghal grapples with the harsh realities of its economic decline, residents and local stakeholders are left clamoring for solutions. The time for action is now, as the town's once-vibrant spirit risks being extinguished by the relentless tide of dereliction and despair. The call for revitalisation echoes loudly through Youghal's streets, as its resilient community refuses to be relegated to the annals of history.
Photo of Youghal beach from the 1980s by Michael Hussey
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So true Ted

Cant compare town to town,Youghal is a seaside town with massive beaches, character and alot to offer with its music bars. Carrigaline lacks greenbelts and as its a satellite doesnt have the same character.

Eric Swayne

Rhian Long 🥰 Kerry Long recognise anyone 😂

blame lies solely on FF and FG policies. stripping rural towns and concentrating everything into cities. Forcing half the small towns populations to travel 100 kms a day for work then taxing the bejasus out of petrol and diesel

I feel we can trace the demise of the Town back to the rejection of a certain pharmaceutical plant and then the dissolving of our Local District Council!!

Aileen

Bring back that railway!

Pity the trains aren't running to youghal on a daily basis like midleton and cobh happy days as a child going on day trips to youghal on Sundays used to love going down there

As I said in the previous comment pity the trains aren't running on a daily basis like cobh and midleton it would take the pressure off traffic for those travelling between cork and youghal if the railway line between cork and youghal was reopened again which I would love to see again it would bring back many happy childhood memories

As a newcomer to Youghal I think this is a great debate. It appears to me that while we cannot do much about the past 2 major issues should be a priority for the future. Dare I mention the Castlemartyr/Killearn bypass? This must be an urgent priority for the economic development of the town. Secondly the restoration of a train link is essential. I will be deciding who to vote for based on these issues. Anybody else?

Sad but true Merrill Dow and the scaremongering that went with it at the time was the start of the downfall People should support Youghal better no need to go out of town grocery shopping we have all the supermarket’s in the town now we are about to lose our beautiful cinema because people are not utilising it no good giving out when it’s gone

profound... haunting emblem of neglect, with its bustling streets now echoing with the silence of closed shops and vacant storefronts.

Most depressing article ever!

All of the above comment are right most town that get a buy pass thrive but not youghal dissolving the Council was big mistake at 5 or 6 in the morning you can hear the cars traveling out of youghal you are so right Ted

the towns so far down the slide by Now, supposen a multi national interest came scouting in the youghal area with an interest in setting up a factory or 2 , guess what NO were to put them, the master stroke we Have /Had 2 desiginated IDA industrial site,s in Springfield, and Foxhole , look at them now all Commercial Buisness,s operating from them,, Dunno if it was County or IDA hq ,s doing but alas Youghal couldnt facilatate any kinda proposal, from a company setting up a new build manafacturing because all the plots are used for commercial use, thats the ghost of Merrol Dow,, since they gave up after appeals ect, IDA blackmarked Youghal,

Youghal has been promised so much over the years and nothing... The new life guard station with showers, lockers. Etc... New library... The fire station was only supposed to be a temporary job... Talks of a marina, healthcare centre..when is the last time there was a big housing development... Look at midleton and carrigtwohill... . The town is only a shadow of its former self... Go look at Dungarvan on a Saturday night,walk along the quays. The restaurants, pubs, etc are all buzzing and what has youghal..Its has so much potential to outshine many other towns if only our politicians put in the time and effort to make youghal great again but they don't want too.. Its about time they woke up and did something about our town...

Youghal has as much going for it as Kinsale in terms of history, scenery and ocean access yet it has been left die on the vine. I love youghal its People and unique history and architecture. A prominent local political once told me that youghal needed a top quality hotel to bring in tourists. So what did they do but essentially leave youghal with one hotel now. Old chestnut but we needed a railway line more than a walkway. Youghal was/is ideally situated to grow if it had a rail link to Cork. There.seems to be no real political will to develop Youghal.

Carrigaline has a very creditable commercial vacancy rate of 8% as against Youghal's near neighbours, Midleton, with 14% and Dungarvan, 15%. (The national average is just under 14%.) Carrigaline has likely far fewer commercial premises than Youghal and that might account for its low score. There are a lot of old legacy commercial buildings in Youghal (e.g. South Main St) that haven't been used in decades and are unlikely ever again to see commercial activity. Those other towns also have the advantage of their main commercial areas being relatively compact as against Youghal's long stretch from, say, the Devonshire Arms all the way to Tallow Street. Years ago a Youghal businessman suggested that the best thing Youghal could do would be to knock a whole lot of buildings just north of the Clock Gate and make a commercial square that would serve as the focal point of the town, much like Dungarvan. Not very practicable perhaps and the idea was laughed out of court at the time but maybe he had a point. A major factor in the decline of the town's commercial activity is its geography - it is one of the longest towns in the country. I think the best thing to do with a lot of those closed commercial buildings is to re-purpose them for housing. High Street Retail everywhere is in decline due to out-of-town shopping centres and online shopping. Getting more people to live in the town would help to revitalise it. In turn it would probably result in more coffee shops, barber shops, and the like. And I think the refugees who are facing major accommodation issues could play a huge part in that regard.

Such a shame really

All thanks 's to FINE GAEL AND THE FIANNA FAILURES,Who neglected(our once great town)Over the last 30 -40 years ,,they closed our railway, moved Youghal Carpets head quarter's to Navan (when John Bruton was taoisheact ) So many Industries closed down like Seafield Fabric's Blackwater Cotton's , Murry Kitchen's .4or 5 Potteries ,,one HOTEL left the Walter Raleigh ,, Neglected our fantastic Strand no facilities.. Shut down St Raphael's Hospital and our main street in places is like a Ghost town..

Youghal was promised Development of Tourism by Powers That Be....Youghal would benefit from this....never happened...Yes Clockgate opened as an Attraction....Youghal Strand has a boardwalk.....with a prom sometimes unwalkable with stones and sand...no proper toilets....Temporary ones close at 4 pm......what happened to lifeguard hut with showers and toilets intended for claycastle...never came about....lighting for boardwalk.....see how other beach areas are developed across Ireland....look at Tramore it's buzzing. Sadly our best selling point the beach is neglected....weeds everywhere.....what happened Motor Home Park next to wind turbine ??? Years ago people fro. Cork travelled to Youghal for the summer....no train now....maybe an Independent TD in upcoming election might get support from Youghal Killeagh etc.Perhaps a Train to Youghal Candidate????

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