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 spudĀ  – 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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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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