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In Review – Youghal 2011.

{ Posted on Jan 10 2012 by admin }
Categories : General

Whilst 2011 was another difficult year for the country, Youghal is still proudly fighting hard to develop its attractions and status. As well as the ever constant efforts to improve the amenities of the heritage seaside town, the ongoing efforts of volunteer groups throughout the town have also contributed to its progress.

Amongst some of the improvements in the town during 2011 were the following;

The Town Walls - A feature of Youghal since the 13th century, the town walls received another grant for repairs during 2011. Approximately €46,500 in funding was approved which will focus on the section at the top of the jail steps. Given its proximity to the iconic Clock Gate, this is to be welcomed and the importance of the medieval town walls in attracting tourists and visitors cannot be underestimated. The section already restored along the back of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and the Medieval Gardens is a wonderful demonstration of what can eventually be achieved with the remainder.

Blue Flags - Unlike other towns, Youghal does not have to rely on one singular attraction alone. In addition to Youghal’s many heritage and historical attractions, it also has miles of Blue Flag Beaches, a recognised mark of excellence for things such as water quality and cleanliness. Youghal was the only town in Ireland to be awarded three Blue Flags during 2011 and efforts to maintain this fantastic achievement continue.

Eco Boardwalk under construction, Youghal

Eco Boardwalk – 2011 also saw the welcome news that a beach boardwalk is to be constructed between the Front Strand and Claycastle Beaches, upon which work is already in progress. This initial section will measure 378 metres and adjoin the present Front Strand promenade once completed. It is envisaged that it will be extended as far as Redbarn in the future, something which would provide a fantastic leisure amenity along the entire length of Youghal’s three Blue Flag beaches. As Youghal’s beaches attract thousands during the summer months, the improvement of leisure amenities and attractions here will undoubtedly attract many more.

exercise equipment, YoughalFree Exercise Equipment - Of course, the boardwalk compliments another feature which Youghal benefited from during the year and this was the addition of exercise machines along the Sli na Slainte walking route. These machines are free for whomever wishes to use them and are located at intervals along the route such as near the Slob Bank nature walk, the Green Park, the Lighthouse hill and the Front Strand and encompass a variety of machines such as cross trainers and air walkers. Some of the machines are located at spectacular vantage points, providing magnificent scenery views whilst you exercise!

Youghal Streetscape Improvements - The beginning of January 2011 saw additional streetscape works take place at Emmet Place, further improving the visual appearance of this important historical quarter around St. Mary’s Collegiate Church. The works complimented the already redesigned Church Street and maintained and extended the new street layout which is in evidence here. In October 2011, work began on tarring and resurfacing the town’s main street which resulted in a vast improvement over the pot holed and rutted surface of old. Further work has also been ongoing at Mall Lane (again!) to resurface it once more.

Of course, the huge effort put in by dedicated volunteers has also aided the development of the town. Youghal Tidy Towns Group continues its hard work in enhancing the visual perception of an already beautiful town whilst 2011 also witnessed the birth of a new voluntary group, Youghal Concerned Citizens, who managed to stage additional festivities in the town during the year, thereby increasing its profile.

Halloween Festival YoughalAmongst the most successful was Youghal’s first ever Halloween themed festival, a three day family focused event which saw a headless horseman ride down North Main Street to kick start the festival. This was followed by a Halloween display at Barry’s Lane, story-telling, themed window dressing by businesses and the main event of a Halloween parade amongst which YCC volunteers, adults and children all in in fancy dress paraded up and down the town’s streets led by members of Youghal Pipe Band.

For the Christmas period, a Dickens’s themed festival was staged, something which saw Discount Thursdays introduced amongst the town’s traders whilst window displays were dressed up in unitary Victorian fashion by many of the town’s businesses.

As always, YCC is constantly in need of further volunteers so anybody who wants to lend a hand should contact them here.

Youghal can and should be one of the premier town’s in Ireland considering its scenery, heritage and leisure amenities and hopefully, 2012 will continue the hard effort and improvements that were witnessed in 2011.

One Response to “In Review – Youghal 2011.”

  1. It’s great to catch up with what Youghal has been up to in 2011 and what fantastic news! The boardwalk, exercise machines, improvements to the walls & festivals shows me how dedicated it’s residents are to keeping Youghal forging ahead & innovative. We moved to New Zealand at the end of 2008 & I look forward to visiting in the next couple of years with my two Cork born children.

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