The College and Gardens

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The College was founded in 1464 by the Thomas Fitzgerald, 7th Earl of Desmond, with students arriving within a year. Students would typically have been teenagers, the sons of wealthy nobles and merchants. It was Gerald Fitzgerald, 14th Earl of …

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Myrtle Grove

Although not open to the public, Myrtle Grove is significant for the humble spud¬† – it was here that Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first potatoes in Ireland. He brought them from Virginia to Ireland in 1585. Sir Raleigh was …

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The Town Walls

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Dating from 1250, they are the second longest surviving stretch of Town Walls in Ireland – the other being at the opposite end of the country in Derry! The first written record dates from 1275 when King Edward I granted …

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St. Mary’s Collegiate Church

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A day could be spent exploring the interior of this magnificent building. It is thought a church may have been founded on the site by St. Declan as far back as 450 and was rebuilt in Irish Romanesque style around …

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Tyntes Castle

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Tyntes Castle is the only remaining urban tower house of several that once stood around Youghal. Another (of which no trace remains) was the Magazine. The castle actually has an extension to the East, built sometime in the 19th century. …

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The Magazine

It might look like a hairdresser’s now – and you’d be right. But in the 19th century, a tower house stood on the site,a four storied structure with a spiral staircase. At the rear of the property, archaeological excavations uncovered …

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The Benedictine Priory

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Founded in 1350, the Benedictine Priory was an affiliate of the Benedictine Priory of St. John of Waterford. The Benedictine order itself was established in Ireland in the 12th Century. Built with strength in mind, the Priory may have been …

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The Alms Houses

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Built in 1601 by Richard Boyle, the 1st Earl of Cork, the Alms houses were for six retired soldiers who were to receive a pension of ¬£5 per annum. They are the oldest surviving almshouses in Ireland. Four doorways with …

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The Red House

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Much of Youghal’s historic buildings revolve around defensive functions and protecting the medieval town from attack. So it’s nice to come across a stunning example of Dutch architecture, with little or nothing to do with the military! The Red House …

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The Water Gate

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The Watergate was one of just three main gates into the medieval town of Youghal. It allowed access to the docks where traders loaded and unloaded goods from ships. The other two gates in existence were the Iron Gate (now …

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The Clock Gate

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Since 1275, this site has had a tower on it, watching over the entrance and exit to the town and serving as a symbol of the importance of the town and the dominance of the English settlers. Originally, the Iron …

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Youghal Heritage Trail Map

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The Youghal Heritage Trail takes in the most historic buildings and sites in Youghal. Along the way, take in the magnificent town walls, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Clock Gate, Alms houses and Tynte’s Castle. Taking approx. one hour to complete, …

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The Witch of Youghal

In 1661, Youghal was the backdrop for allegations against Florence Newton who stood accused of witchcraft and of enchanting Mary Longdon.It was the time of King Charles II, when anti-Catholic sentiment and witch-hunts were common across England.

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