Youghal Celebrates History, 2012

The theme for this years conference will be “Pomp and Circumstance : Tales from the Tombs of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church” which will provide a fascinating insight into this wonderful aspect of out heritage. We have a fine group of speakers who will approach the topic from very different perspectives.


The venue is the Mall Arts Centre Youghal. The dates for this year’s Conference are 29th to 30th September 2012.




Conference Programme

Saturday 29th September

Registration 9.00 followed at 9.30 by Opening of Conference by Mr. Patrick Cockburn

Prof. Tadhg O’Keeffe ( UCD) will deliver the Inaugural Tom Mc Carthy Lecture : “St. Mary’s Collegiate Church: its architectural history and context”.

Julian Walton ( Dunhill Educational Centre) : ” Ballynatray, the Smyth Family and their monuments in St. Mary’s”.

Rachel Moss (RIA): “for the benefit of Souls: The Art and Architecture of Irish Collegiate and Chantry Foundations”.

Willie Fraher (Waterford County Museum) : “Samuel Hayman, the Historian of Youghal and the 17th century healer Valentine Greatrakes”.

Clodagh Tait ( Mary ImmaculateColl. Limerick) : “Birth and Death in 17th century Youghal, stories from the Registers of St. Mary’s”.

Tarquin Blake ( KInsale) : “Touring the abandoned mansions of counties Cork and Waterford – a photo essay”.

A guided tour of St . Mary’s

Sunday , 30th September , 2012

Bill Power , ( Mitchelstown) : “As you are now, so once was I – Death, Burial, Ritual and Design in the Churchyards of Youghal”.

Gerard Crotty ( Fermoy) : “History on a shield: the Bourbon monument in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church”.

Patrick Cockburn : “Lives remembered – Claud and Patricia Cockburn in Youghal”.

Catryn Power : “Paradise Regained – A history of burial at the church and grave yard of St. Mary’s Church and the future management of conservation”.

Field Trip to a number of grave yards in East Cork>

Further details , brochures, bookings etc. from our office
Youghal Celebrates History, The College, Youghal, Co. Cork

Boat trips may be arranged , if interested, let us know before the conference, please.

Please use email, ordinary mail or the telephone line to contact us or if you would like a brochure. Our mobile telephone number is : 087 9666554 –

email : Kieran Groeger or

More information can be found at the Youghal Celebrates History website

This entry was posted in Festivals. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.