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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Michael Hussey
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.
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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