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Youghal RNLI Salutes John Griffin: 34 Years of Saving Lives At Sea

The Quays Bar and Restaurant in Youghal buzzed with a special kind of warmth on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024. It wasnt just the inviting atmosphere of the venue, but the immense gratitude and camaraderie that filled the room as the Youghal RNLI station celebrated the retirement of John Griffin, a man who dedicated an incredible 34 years to saving lives at sea.

John Hearne, Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, led the tributes, echoing the sentiments of everyone present. Mark Nolan, Youghal RNLI Launch Authority, weaved a heartfelt narrative of Johns service, highlighting not just the triumphs of successful rescues, but also the solemn respect for the seas unpredictable nature. The room, filled with fellow volunteers from Youghal, Ballycotton, and surrounding coastal RNLI stations, resonated with a deep understanding of the RNLI familys shared bond.

Johns dedication was further acknowledged in a heartfelt letter from John Payne, the RNLIs Lifesaving Operations Director. The letter poignantly expressed gratitude for Johns service, spanning from 1990 to 2024. It highlighted Johns role as part of the Youghal Lifeboat Station, a vital cog in the RNLIs mission. John Payne commended Johns commitment, recognising the crucial support Johns family and friends provided throughout his service. The letter concluded with well wishes for Johns future endeavours, echoing the sentiments of Johns colleagues across the RNLI.

Johns retirement marks the end of an era for the Youghal RNLI station. Yet, his legacy lives on in the countless lives he has helped save and the unwavering commitment he instilled in his fellow crew members. The evening at The Quays was a fitting tribute – a celebration of courage, selflessness, and the unwavering dedication that defines the RNLI spirit. As John embarks on this new chapter, the Youghal RNLI family, and the entire community, extends their heartfelt gratitude for his extraordinary service.
By Michael Hussey

Image: John Hearne, Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager; Sean Slattery, Youghal RNLI Launch Authority; John Griffin retires after 34 years of exceptional service; John Innis, Youghal RNLI Launch Authority, and Mark Nolan, Youghal RNLI Launch Authority at the presentation ceremony in The Quays Bar and Restaurant on Saturday, 22nd, June, 2024.

Youghal RNLI Salutes John Griffin: 34 Years of Saving Lives At Sea

The Quays Bar and Restaurant in Youghal buzzed with a special kind of warmth on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024. It wasn't just the inviting atmosphere of the venue, but the immense gratitude and camaraderie that filled the room as the Youghal RNLI station celebrated the retirement of John Griffin, a man who dedicated an incredible 34 years to saving lives at sea.

John Hearne, Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, led the tributes, echoing the sentiments of everyone present. Mark Nolan, Youghal RNLI Launch Authority, weaved a heartfelt narrative of John's service, highlighting not just the triumphs of successful rescues, but also the solemn respect for the sea's unpredictable nature. The room, filled with fellow volunteers from Youghal, Ballycotton, and surrounding coastal RNLI stations, resonated with a deep understanding of the RNLI family's shared bond.

John's dedication was further acknowledged in a heartfelt letter from John Payne, the RNLI's Lifesaving Operations Director. The letter poignantly expressed gratitude for John's service, spanning from 1990 to 2024. It highlighted John's role as part of the Youghal Lifeboat Station, a vital cog in the RNLI's mission. John Payne commended John's commitment, recognising the crucial support John's family and friends provided throughout his service. The letter concluded with well wishes for John's future endeavours, echoing the sentiments of John's colleagues across the RNLI.

John's retirement marks the end of an era for the Youghal RNLI station. Yet, his legacy lives on in the countless lives he has helped save and the unwavering commitment he instilled in his fellow crew members. The evening at The Quays was a fitting tribute – a celebration of courage, selflessness, and the unwavering dedication that defines the RNLI spirit. As John embarks on this new chapter, the Youghal RNLI family, and the entire community, extends their heartfelt gratitude for his extraordinary service.
By Michael Hussey

Image: John Hearne, Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager; Sean Slattery, Youghal RNLI Launch Authority; John Griffin retires after 34 years of exceptional service; John Innis, Youghal RNLI Launch Authority, and Mark Nolan, Youghal RNLI Launch Authority at the presentation ceremony in The Quays Bar and Restaurant on Saturday, 22nd, June, 2024.
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Congratulations John.

Congratulations and best wishes john

Congratulations on your retirement John👍👏👏

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Stars & Stripes & Songs: US Choir Warms Youghal with Music.

Watch the Bethlehem Baptist Choir all the way from Minnesota, USA, perform on the main street in Youghal, on Saturday, 22nd, June, 2024.
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Youghal Welcomes Bethlehem Baptist Choir with Open Arms and Open Ears!

THE SEASIDE TOWN OF YOUGHAL is buzzing with beautiful melodies this weekend, thanks to the arrival of the renowned Bethlehem Baptist Choir from Minnesota, USA!

Fifty beaming singers from the Bethlehem Baptist Choir brought their sunshine smiles to Youghals South Main Street today, even as clouds drifted overhead. They proudly displayed the American flag with the iconic Youghal Clock Gate as a picturesque backdrop.

Their whirlwind Youghal adventure started with a fascinating exploration of the newly opened Youghal Film and Photography Museum. They couldnt resist sharing their musical gifts, treating museum-goers to a surprise performance that undoubtedly left hearts warmed and toes tapping.

The musical journey continued with an open-air concert in Barrys Lane, filling the air with joyful sounds and captivating the audience.

But the grand finale is yet to come! Tonight, the Bethlehem Baptist Choir joins forces with the Youghal Choral Society for a special concert at the historic St. Marys Collegiate Church. This promises to be an evening of unforgettable music, a true highlight of Youghals summer.

Youghal extends its warmest wishes to the Bethlehem Baptist Choir. We hope theyre having a wonderful stay at the Walter Raleigh Hotel, making new friends, and most importantly, sharing their passion for music with our community. Welcome, and thank you for bringing your joyful energy to Youghal!
By Michael Hussey | Photo: Michael Hussey

Image: The Bethlehem Baptist Choir brought their sunshine smiles to Youghals South Main Street as they proudly displayed the American flag with the iconic Youghal Clock Gate as a picturesque backdrop.

Youghal Welcomes Bethlehem Baptist Choir with Open Arms and Open Ears!

THE SEASIDE TOWN OF YOUGHAL is buzzing with beautiful melodies this weekend, thanks to the arrival of the renowned Bethlehem Baptist Choir from Minnesota, USA!

Fifty beaming singers from the Bethlehem Baptist Choir brought their sunshine smiles to Youghal's South Main Street today, even as clouds drifted overhead. They proudly displayed the American flag with the iconic Youghal Clock Gate as a picturesque backdrop.

Their whirlwind Youghal adventure started with a fascinating exploration of the newly opened Youghal Film and Photography Museum. They couldn't resist sharing their musical gifts, treating museum-goers to a surprise performance that undoubtedly left hearts warmed and toes tapping.

The musical journey continued with an open-air concert in Barry's Lane, filling the air with joyful sounds and captivating the audience.

But the grand finale is yet to come! Tonight, the Bethlehem Baptist Choir joins forces with the Youghal Choral Society for a special concert at the historic St. Mary's Collegiate Church. This promises to be an evening of unforgettable music, a true highlight of Youghal's summer.

Youghal extends its warmest wishes to the Bethlehem Baptist Choir. We hope they're having a wonderful stay at the Walter Raleigh Hotel, making new friends, and most importantly, sharing their passion for music with our community. Welcome, and thank you for bringing your joyful energy to Youghal!
By Michael Hussey | Photo: Michael Hussey

Image: The Bethlehem Baptist Choir brought their sunshine smiles to Youghal's South Main Street as they proudly displayed the American flag with the iconic Youghal Clock Gate as a picturesque backdrop.
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Big big welcome to a wonderful choir!!🥰

Heard them yesterday in Barry's Lane.....fantastic.....enjoy your stay guys xx

Concert was brilliant

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Youghal Choral Society Hosts a Summer Soiree filled with Music!

Mark your calendars, Youghal! The Youghal Choral Society is hosting a MUSIC for a Summers Evening event this Saturday, June 22nd, promising a day brimming with beautiful melodies!

The festivities begin at 2 pm with a special performance by the acclaimed Bethlehem Baptist Choir and Instrumental Ensemble all the way from Minnesota, USA! Witness their talents live at the newly opened Youghal Film and Photography Museum on North Main Street. (Dont worry about the tight quarters, the music will weave its magic!)

But the music doesnt stop there! Head to Barrys Lane, right beside the famous Clock Gate Tower, at approximately 3 pm for another FREE performance by the Bethlehem Baptist Choir and Instrumental Ensemble. This is your chance to experience their musical brilliance in a more open-air setting.

The grand finale happens later that evening at 7 pm at the historic St. Marys Collegiate Church. The Youghal Choral Society are delighted to present the Bethlehem Baptist Choir and Instrumental Ensemble, along with some local favorites: Harpist Una Whyte, Guitarist Brian Whyte, and The ECWW Childrens Choir.

Tickets for the evening concert are just €15 and can be purchased at Crees Card Shop on North Main Street (087 951 5479). All proceeds from this event will benefit the Barnardos Family Initiative.

Dont miss this unique opportunity! Youghal is in for a summer spectacular filled with music that will leave everyone buzzing. Get ready for an evening unlike anything the town has seen since for quite a while. A big thank you to Patricia Whyte for organising this incredible event.
Image: Bethlehem Baptist Choir

Youghal Choral Society Hosts a Summer Soiree filled with Music!

Mark your calendars, Youghal! The Youghal Choral Society is hosting a MUSIC for a Summer's Evening event this Saturday, June 22nd, promising a day brimming with beautiful melodies!

The festivities begin at 2 pm with a special performance by the acclaimed Bethlehem Baptist Choir and Instrumental Ensemble all the way from Minnesota, USA! Witness their talents live at the newly opened Youghal Film and Photography Museum on North Main Street. (Don't worry about the tight quarters, the music will weave its magic!)

But the music doesn't stop there! Head to Barry's Lane, right beside the famous Clock Gate Tower, at approximately 3 pm for another FREE performance by the Bethlehem Baptist Choir and Instrumental Ensemble. This is your chance to experience their musical brilliance in a more open-air setting.

The grand finale happens later that evening at 7 pm at the historic St. Mary's Collegiate Church. The Youghal Choral Society are delighted to present the Bethlehem Baptist Choir and Instrumental Ensemble, along with some local favorites: Harpist Una Whyte, Guitarist Brian Whyte, and The ECWW Children's Choir.

Tickets for the evening concert are just €15 and can be purchased at Cree's Card Shop on North Main Street (087 951 5479). All proceeds from this event will benefit the Barnardos Family Initiative.

Don't miss this unique opportunity! Youghal is in for a summer spectacular filled with music that will leave everyone buzzing. Get ready for an evening unlike anything the town has seen since for quite a while. A big thank you to Patricia Whyte for organising this incredible event.
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Caught their finale at Barry's Lane, delightful performance indeed!

Youghals North Main Street: A One-Stop Destination For Every Craving

YOUGHALS NORTH MAIN STREET businesses are all dedicated to making your visit unforgettable. Whether youre a seasoned foodie, a caffeine connoisseur, or simply seeking a delightful afternoon, North Main Street has something special waiting around every corner.

📍 Visit our local food & drink directory list: https://www.youghalonline.com/food-drink/ 
An easy onepage list of all of Youghals Restauraunts, Cafes, Barfood & Take Away establishments with contact information. Updated regularly, save it to your bookmarks.

FUEL YOUR DAY WITH COFFEE DELIGHTS:
Start your morning right with a perfectly brewed cup at iconic cafes like Priory Coffee.  This unique spot seamlessly blends modern design with the charm of its historic building, all while offering delicious treats to tempt your taste buds. Across the street, Cafe 108 offers a warm and welcoming ambiance, perfect for a leisurely breakfast or a quick coffee pick-me-up. Visit Collins Bakery & Deli serving breads, salads, scones, sandwiches, filled rolls and coffees. For a grab-and-go option, pop into Brentwood Coffee inside Tesco on Mill Road, conveniently located for a caffeine boost before exploring the town.  Try CnD Community Cafe their ethos is inclusion in the community, offering quality food at affordable prices.

INDULGE IN CULINARY ADVENTURES:
North Main Street caters to every palate. Fancy a light lunch? The Red Store, Bar and Restaurant offers a delightful bar and restaurant setting, perfect for a casual bite. For a true Irish pub experience, head to The Nook or The Old Imperial Hotel Youghal, where you can savour a hearty meal alongside a friendly atmosphere. Try Luigi’s Pizzeria Camilleri for your best quality Italian Pizza, and of course, no exploration of North Main Street is complete without a visit to the newly opened Main Street - Cafe and Main Street - Deli eateries, tempting taste buds with their exquisite cuisine.

SWEET TREATS AND AFTERNOON DELIGHTS:
Dont forget to indulge your sweet tooth! The charming Boardwalk Coffee on the Mall offers an enticing selection of cakes and pastries alongside stunning views of The Mall and the Blackwater river. And for a delightful selection of artisan bakery products and takeaway meals, look no further than Le Gourmet, another family-run delicatessen not to be missed.

BEYOND FOOD AND DRINK:
North Main Street isnt just about satisfying your physical cravings. Youll find a treasure trove of shops to explore, catering to every interest. Discover unique finds in the businesses dotted along North Main street, or browse the beautiful blooms at Kay Curtins flower shop or Absolute Flowers of Youghal. The upcoming opening of The Youghal Lace Museum adds a touch of historical charm, while the Youghal Film and Photography Museum and the Kathleen and May experience offer a glimpse into the towns rich heritage.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
For an exceptional dining experience, venture to the northern end of town and discover the internationally renowned Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Townhouse Youghal. This family-run establishment offers the freshest seafood and a unique ambiance. Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Accommodation is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and memorable dining experience in Youghal.  Ahernes has been listed in the Sunday Times 50 best places to eat seafood in Ireland and was honored with the title of Ireland’s most Romantic Restaurant by the Bridgestone Guide

THE HEARTBEAT OF YOUGHAL:
Youghals North Main Street is more than just a collection of shops and cafes; its the heart and soul of the town. Here, youll find friendly faces, a contagious energy, and a sense of community that makes you feel instantly welcome. So, come wander the streets, savour the flavours, and experience the magic of Youghals North Main Street - a one-stop destination where every craving is met with a smile.
By Michael Hussey | Photo: Michael Hussey

Photo caption 1: Celebrating Youghals North Main Street Revival.  Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley and Noel McCarthy enjoy a visit to the new Main Street Deli, alongside friendly staff Paula Daly and Becky Lane.

Photo caption 2: Youghals North Main Street Transforms!  New eateries and shops have opened, adding vibrancy to North Main Street, Youghal.

Photo caption 3: Main Street - Delis, Paula Daly serving the newly elected Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley on Main street, Youghal.

📍 For more information please visit our local food & drink directory list: https://www.youghalonline.com/food-drink/ 
An easy onepage list of all of Youghals Restauraunts, Cafes, Barfood & Take Away establishments with contact information. Updated regularly, save it to your bookmarks.Image attachmentImage attachment

Youghal's North Main Street: A One-Stop Destination For Every Craving

YOUGHAL'S NORTH MAIN STREET businesses are all dedicated to making your visit unforgettable. Whether you're a seasoned foodie, a caffeine connoisseur, or simply seeking a delightful afternoon, North Main Street has something special waiting around every corner.

📍 Visit our local food & drink directory list: www.youghalonline.com/food-drink/
An easy onepage list of all of Youghal's Restauraunts, Cafes, Barfood & Take Away establishments with contact information. Updated regularly, save it to your bookmarks.

FUEL YOUR DAY WITH COFFEE DELIGHTS:
Start your morning right with a perfectly brewed cup at iconic cafes like Priory Coffee. This unique spot seamlessly blends modern design with the charm of its historic building, all while offering delicious treats to tempt your taste buds. Across the street, Cafe 108 offers a warm and welcoming ambiance, perfect for a leisurely breakfast or a quick coffee pick-me-up. Visit Collins Bakery & Deli serving breads, salads, scones, sandwiches, filled rolls and coffees. For a grab-and-go option, pop into Brentwood Coffee inside Tesco on Mill Road, conveniently located for a caffeine boost before exploring the town. Try CnD Community Cafe their ethos is inclusion in the community, offering quality food at affordable prices.

INDULGE IN CULINARY ADVENTURES:
North Main Street caters to every palate. Fancy a light lunch? The Red Store, Bar and Restaurant offers a delightful bar and restaurant setting, perfect for a casual bite. For a true Irish pub experience, head to The Nook or The Old Imperial Hotel Youghal, where you can savour a hearty meal alongside a friendly atmosphere. Try Luigi’s Pizzeria Camilleri for your best quality Italian Pizza, and of course, no exploration of North Main Street is complete without a visit to the newly opened 'Main Street - Cafe' and 'Main Street - Deli' eateries, tempting taste buds with their exquisite cuisine.

SWEET TREATS AND AFTERNOON DELIGHTS:
Don't forget to indulge your sweet tooth! The charming Boardwalk Coffee on the Mall offers an enticing selection of cakes and pastries alongside stunning views of The Mall and the Blackwater river. And for a delightful selection of artisan bakery products and takeaway meals, look no further than Le Gourmet, another family-run delicatessen not to be missed.

BEYOND FOOD AND DRINK:
North Main Street isn't just about satisfying your physical cravings. You'll find a treasure trove of shops to explore, catering to every interest. Discover unique finds in the businesses dotted along North Main street, or browse the beautiful blooms at Kay Curtin's flower shop or Absolute Flowers of Youghal. The upcoming opening of The Youghal Lace Museum adds a touch of historical charm, while the Youghal Film and Photography Museum and the Kathleen and May experience offer a glimpse into the town's rich heritage.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
For an exceptional dining experience, venture to the northern end of town and discover the internationally renowned Aherne's Seafood Restaurant and Townhouse Youghal. This family-run establishment offers the freshest seafood and a unique ambiance. Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Accommodation is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and memorable dining experience in Youghal. Ahernes has been listed in the Sunday Times 50 best places to eat seafood in Ireland and was honored with the title of "Ireland’s most Romantic Restaurant" by the Bridgestone Guide

THE HEARTBEAT OF YOUGHAL:
Youghal's North Main Street is more than just a collection of shops and cafes; it's the heart and soul of the town. Here, you'll find friendly faces, a contagious energy, and a sense of community that makes you feel instantly welcome. So, come wander the streets, savour the flavours, and experience the magic of Youghal's North Main Street - a one-stop destination where every craving is met with a smile.
By Michael Hussey | Photo: Michael Hussey

Photo caption 1: Celebrating Youghal's North Main Street Revival. Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley and Noel McCarthy enjoy a visit to the new Main Street Deli, alongside friendly staff Paula Daly and Becky Lane.

Photo caption 2: Youghal's North Main Street Transforms! New eateries and shops have opened, adding vibrancy to North Main Street, Youghal.

Photo caption 3: Main Street - Deli's, Paula Daly serving the newly elected Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley on Main street, Youghal.

📍 For more information please visit our local food & drink directory list: www.youghalonline.com/food-drink/
An easy onepage list of all of Youghal's Restauraunts, Cafes, Barfood & Take Away establishments with contact information. Updated regularly, save it to your bookmarks.
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Visit our local food & drink directory list: www.youghalonline.com/food-drink/ An easy onepage list of all of Youghal's Restauraunts, Cafes, Barfood & Take Away establishments with contact information. Updated regularly, save it to your bookmarks.📍

Its a lovely town. I enjoyed the museum with the lace work, ect.

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Youghal! Summers calling and The Hush are bringing the party!

Suns out, tunes are up! The legend Cork rockers, The Hush, are invading The Marine Bar Youghal on Saturday, June 29th.

Get ready for an epic night of killer covers - rock, punk, grunge, indie, they smash it all!  Its gonna be a blast, perfect for meeting new friends and soaking up those summer seaside feels. ️

Tickets are only €10 and available now at Crees Card Shop. Dont miss out - grab your tickets and get ready for an unforgettable night!
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Youghal! Summer's calling and The Hush are bringing the party!

Sun's out, tunes are up! The legend Cork rockers, The Hush, are invading The Marine Bar Youghal on Saturday, June 29th.

Get ready for an epic night of killer covers - rock, punk, grunge, indie, they smash it all! It's gonna be a blast, perfect for meeting new friends and soaking up those summer seaside feels. ️

Tickets are only €10 and available now at Crees Card Shop. Don't miss out - grab your tickets and get ready for an unforgettable night!
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Saw them in clashmore at the strings fest.....they're feckin brilliant 👏!!!

Bernie Obrien ul love this 😍

Stuart Hickey

A Grand Dame Arrives: The Ilen Sails into Youghal Harbour

YOUGHALS historic quayside today welcomed a true beauty, the Ilen, a magnificent sailing ship from Limerick. Festooned with colourful flags, the Ilen stands proudly moored beside the pontoon, her Irish tricolour reaching high against the clear blue sky. 

Onlookers strolling along the path cant help but admire her elegant form, a testament to Irelands rich maritime heritage.
The Ilens story is as captivating as her presence. Built in 1926 in Baltimore, Ireland, by visionary designer Conor OBrien, she embarked on a remarkable journey. Initially commissioned for the Falkland Islands Company, the Ilen bravely navigated the South Atlantic for a staggering 70 years, transporting cargo, mail, and passengers between the islands. Her weathered hull carries the whispers of those harsh yet exhilarating voyages.

Thankfully, in the 1990s, efforts brought the Ilen back to Irish shores. After a period of restoration, she received a new lease on life. Today, the Ilen serves as a community sailing ship and educational platform, a floating classroom fostering a love for the sea and Irelands maritime traditions.

Youghal, a town steeped in its own maritime history, provides a fitting welcome for this grand dame. The sight of the Ilen gracing the Blackwater River is sure to become a cherished memory for all who witness it. Perhaps youll even have the chance to see or step aboard and learn about her fascinating past and inspiring future.
By Michael Hussey

A Grand Dame Arrives: The Ilen Sails into Youghal Harbour

YOUGHAL'S historic quayside today welcomed a true beauty, the Ilen, a magnificent sailing ship from Limerick. Festooned with colourful flags, the Ilen stands proudly moored beside the pontoon, her Irish tricolour reaching high against the clear blue sky.

Onlookers strolling along the path can't help but admire her elegant form, a testament to Ireland's rich maritime heritage.
The Ilen's story is as captivating as her presence. Built in 1926 in Baltimore, Ireland, by visionary designer Conor O'Brien, she embarked on a remarkable journey. Initially commissioned for the Falkland Islands Company, the Ilen bravely navigated the South Atlantic for a staggering 70 years, transporting cargo, mail, and passengers between the islands. Her weathered hull carries the whispers of those harsh yet exhilarating voyages.

Thankfully, in the 1990s, efforts brought the Ilen back to Irish shores. After a period of restoration, she received a new lease on life. Today, the Ilen serves as a community sailing ship and educational platform, a floating classroom fostering a love for the sea and Ireland's maritime traditions.

Youghal, a town steeped in its own maritime history, provides a fitting welcome for this grand dame. The sight of the Ilen gracing the Blackwater River is sure to become a cherished memory for all who witness it. Perhaps you'll even have the chance to see or step aboard and learn about her fascinating past and inspiring future.
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Anyone know what the flags say?

Aaron Leahy this is the one your on next week

Youghal Welcomes Tech Titan Sir James Dyson as New Neighbour

YOUGHAL is abuzz with excitement after news that Sir James Dyson, the renowned British inventor and entrepreneur, is believed to be the new owner of Ballynatray House, a magnificent 18th-century Georgian mansion. The sprawling 850-acre estate, located on the picturesque banks of the River Blackwater in County Waterford, recently fetched a record-breaking price of over €30 million, making it the most expensive private property ever sold in Ireland.

This is a landmark moment for Youghal, and residents are eager to welcome Sir James into the community. His reputation as a visionary leader and his passion for innovation are a perfect fit for the towns vibrant spirit. Sir James business acumen, honed through building Dyson Ltd. into a global brand, could prove invaluable. Locals hope his presence will spark new opportunities and partnerships within the Youghal area.

Beyond business, Dyson is a champion for sustainable farming practices, evident in his ownership of vast tracts of land across England. This aligns perfectly with Youghals rich agricultural heritage and its proximity to some of Irelands most fertile land. Potential collaborations with local farms could foster a knowledge exchange that benefits both parties, promoting sustainable practices in the region.

The historic Ballynatray House itself is a marvel. Built in the 1690s and expanded into a grand Palladian mansion in the 18th century, it boasts over 21,000 square feet of living space, including 9 en-suite bedrooms, grand reception rooms, and even a helicopter landing pad. James Dyson appreciation for heritage, evident in his acquisition of this architectural gem, suggests he will embrace the unique charm of Youghal. His presence has the potential to introduce the town to a wider audience, boosting tourism and attracting further investment.

Dyson commitment to giving back is also encouraging. His James Dyson Foundation has a strong record of supporting local communities in his native England, particularly in the areas of education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The foundation donates funds and resources to schools, offers workshops and mentoring programs, and even contributes to infrastructure development projects. This philanthropic spirit bodes well for Youghal, raising hopes that James Dyson may extend similar support to local causes.

We are thrilled to welcome Sir James Dyson to Youghal, said local businessman and chairman of the Youghal Business Alliance, Ger Flanagan. His reputation for innovation and his interest in sustainability are very exciting for our community. We look forward to the positive impact his presence can bring, especially if he gets involved in supporting our local schools, projects and businesses.
Flanagan went on to highlight a more immediate benefit. The refurbishment of Ballynatray House is already creating a positive buzz, he explained. The large team of workers brought in for the project have been staying in town, frequenting our pubs and shops. Its a welcome boost to the local economy, and its only just beginning!

While details surrounding Dysons plans for Ballynatray House remain unclear, the buzz around his arrival is undeniable. Youghal residents eagerly await the chance to extend a warm welcome to their new neighbour and explore the exciting possibilities his presence brings. With his innovative spirit, business acumen, and commitment to philanthropy, Sir James Dyson has the potential to become a valuable asset to Youghal.

By Michael Hussey

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Youghal Welcomes Tech Titan Sir James Dyson as New Neighbour

YOUGHAL is abuzz with excitement after news that Sir James Dyson, the renowned British inventor and entrepreneur, is believed to be the new owner of Ballynatray House, a magnificent 18th-century Georgian mansion. The sprawling 850-acre estate, located on the picturesque banks of the River Blackwater in County Waterford, recently fetched a record-breaking price of over €30 million, making it the most expensive private property ever sold in Ireland.

This is a landmark moment for Youghal, and residents are eager to welcome Sir James into the community. His reputation as a visionary leader and his passion for innovation are a perfect fit for the town's vibrant spirit. Sir James' business acumen, honed through building Dyson Ltd. into a global brand, could prove invaluable. Locals hope his presence will spark new opportunities and partnerships within the Youghal area.

Beyond business, Dyson is a champion for sustainable farming practices, evident in his ownership of vast tracts of land across England. This aligns perfectly with Youghal's rich agricultural heritage and its proximity to some of Ireland's most fertile land. Potential collaborations with local farms could foster a knowledge exchange that benefits both parties, promoting sustainable practices in the region.

The historic Ballynatray House itself is a marvel. Built in the 1690s and expanded into a grand Palladian mansion in the 18th century, it boasts over 21,000 square feet of living space, including 9 en-suite bedrooms, grand reception rooms, and even a helicopter landing pad. James Dyson appreciation for heritage, evident in his acquisition of this architectural gem, suggests he will embrace the unique charm of Youghal. His presence has the potential to introduce the town to a wider audience, boosting tourism and attracting further investment.

Dyson commitment to giving back is also encouraging. His James Dyson Foundation has a strong record of supporting local communities in his native England, particularly in the areas of education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The foundation donates funds and resources to schools, offers workshops and mentoring programs, and even contributes to infrastructure development projects. This philanthropic spirit bodes well for Youghal, raising hopes that James Dyson may extend similar support to local causes.

"We are thrilled to welcome Sir James Dyson to Youghal," said local businessman and chairman of the Youghal Business Alliance, Ger Flanagan. "His reputation for innovation and his interest in sustainability are very exciting for our community. We look forward to the positive impact his presence can bring, especially if he gets involved in supporting our local schools, projects and businesses."
Flanagan went on to highlight a more immediate benefit. "The refurbishment of Ballynatray House is already creating a positive buzz," he explained. "The large team of workers brought in for the project have been staying in town, frequenting our pubs and shops. It's a welcome boost to the local economy, and it's only just beginning!"

While details surrounding Dyson's plans for Ballynatray House remain unclear, the buzz around his arrival is undeniable. Youghal residents eagerly await the chance to extend a warm welcome to their new neighbour and explore the exciting possibilities his presence brings. With his innovative spirit, business acumen, and commitment to philanthropy, Sir James Dyson has the potential to become a valuable asset to Youghal.

By Michael Hussey

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Welcome James, and don't forget you can get your picture framing needs professionally done at the Raleigh Quarter Framing Studio in the coach house at St. Mary's college. I don't have a red carpet, but you'll get a warm welcome!

So winter fishing will be the same in the temple. Wish u well brother.

I think I saw him in Lidl searching through the middle aisle!

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