Clock Gate Success Will Boost Youghal in the Long Run

From The East Cork Journal

Almost 6,000 people passed through the doors of Youghal Clock Gate over the last twelve months – during what has been described as a fantastic first year for the newly-renovated tourist attraction.

The monument was re-opened to the public in November of 2016, emerging as a key area on Ireland’s Ancient East initiative. With the help of Youghal Socio Economic Development Group, Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland, the Clock Gate underwent a series of development works last year. Guided tours are now commonplace and they have proved a hit with locals and tourists alike.
Speaking to the East Cork Journal, about the first twelve months of the Clock Gate Tours, Aileen Murray of YSEDG said; ‘‘it has worked really well. The tour has proved to be hugely popular, with both international visitors and Irish visitors. The story and how everything connects – one floor leads to the other – is what people are amazed with.’’

Twelve months on from the official opening of the town’s most visible landmark, it is fair to assume that the facility has had a positive impact on Youghal. Nearly 6,000 people have visited the Clock Gate. It’s also reported that an extra 13,000 people have passed through Youghal’s Visitor / Heritage Centre in 2017, as a result of its marketing campaign. Murray believes that the town will see even greater benefits, from the Clock Gate’s emergence as a major visitor centre, in the years to come.

‘‘Fáilte Ireland, under the Ireland’s Ancient East brand, brought us a huge amount of familiarisation trips. These are made up of international journalists and tour operators. We won’t start to see the benefits of this for another couple of years. All of this will pay off in the long run.

‘‘We have also been promoting and packaging different attractions in Youghal. Again, this is long-term planning. But, we are selling Youghal as a destination – to get people to dwell in the town and maybe have lunch. For example, tours of the Clock Gate, St Mary’s, the Town Walls and the tour of the town, and the boardwalk. We are not looking at the Clock Gate in isolation. We are looking at it as an overall package.’’

Youghal Clock Gate was built way back in 1777. It has served as a prison, a gateway, a home and now it is one of Youghal’s most exciting tourist attractions. The tour incorporates four floors and tells a story spanning over 600 years. Effective backdrops and competent storytellers embellish the visitor’s experience.
Group tours are being taken by appointment over the Christmas period. The official touring season will commence in the Spring of 2018. More information on the Clock Gate can be found at

Family Fun-Run / Walk in Glenbower Woods

Fancy the idea of getting some fresh air once you have Christmas dinner out of the way?!!

There will be a family fun-run / walk in Glenbower Woods on Wednesday 27th December at 12PM.

This 5K run/walk is open to all ages and all abilities, and would be a great chance for families to get out and enjoy the beauty of Glenbower Wood while getting some fresh air.

Following the run, refreshments will be served in Greywood Arts Centre.

Cost of entry is €10 for an individual and €20 per family.

All proceeds will be in aid of replacing the wooden bridge that was severely damaged by storm Ophelia.

Youghal Parish Choir Carol Service

Youghal Parish Choir Carol Service will be held in St. Mary’s Parish Church on Sunday 17th December from 4 – 5 p.m.

All welcome.

Please Help Me in Helping Cork’s Homeless

The organisation “Please Help Me in Helping Cork’s Homeless” is collecting items to fill Christmas bags for the Cork Homeless this year.

Suggestions for the Christmas bags:

A warm hat, a scarf, gloves, thermal socks, toothbrush/toothpaste, shower gel/ shampoo, roll-on deodorant, shaving foam etc.

Chocolates/ sweets and a stamped blank Christmas card with a pen would also be greatly appreciated

Donations will be gratefully accepted in:

C.R.Y. /contact person Louise Dowley 085-7374329

Midleton Community Hospital/ Margarite O Sullivan 086-1626754

Castlemartyr Karen Dowley 083-4319565

Contact any of the above re collection.

Ceolta Sí presents a Christmas Show

Ceolta Sí presents a Christmas Show on Saturday 16th December at 8 p.m., in Brú na Sí Cultural Centre, Youghal

Tickets are €10 and are available from Pat Carey on 087 9252130 or they can be bought on the night at the door

During the break refreshments will be served and tickets for the Christmas Hamper will be on sale.

All proceeds will go to the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Weekend Rota for Pharmacies

Open 12 – 1 p.m.

Sun 17th Dec –           Youghal Pharmacy


Sun 24th Dec-             Youghal Pharmacy

(Christmas Eve)          (10am -1pm)


Tuesday 26th Dec-       Clockgate Pharmacy

(St.Stephens Day)


Sun 31st Dec                Youghal Pharmacy

(New Years Eve)


Mon. 1st Jan                 Youghal Pharmacy

(New Year’s Day)

Babes In The Wood

The Ballybridge Players are into the final few weeks rehearsals ahead of their Community Panto – “Babes In The Wood”.

The show will run in  Ladysbridge Hall on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th December at 8 p.m. Sharp.  There will also be a matinee at 2p.m. on Saturday 30th December.

All tickets cost €9 with under 2’s free on the knee. Tickets are on sale in Coleman’s Shop in Ballymacoda and Flynn’s Shop in Ladysbridge.

For more information on the production visit the Ballybridge players Facebook page.

KGK Benevolent Fund

Knockanore Melleray Fundraising Committee would like your help for Little Emily Byrne who was born in July 2017 and is in urgent need of a liver transplant.

The Committee are organising two fundraising events: A tractor Run in Lismore on December 27th and a sponsored walk in Knockanore on January 6th.

You can contribute online to the KGK Benevolent Fund- Bic-AIBKIE2D

IBAN-IE51AIBK 93418623252006.

Please quote C.U. a/c Ref no. 10547

A cheque alternatively can be paid payable to “The Emily Byrne Fund”

For further information please contact: Kevin Moloney- 087-8277594/

and Pa Lyons/ 086-8214284/

Phil’s Road Run

Phil’s Road Run will take place on Thursday 21st December in Youghal. This year all proceeds will be in aid of four local children, one who has lung problems and three who have been diagnosed with Autism.

Participants can register at Club Áras from 6-7 pm. Registration is €5 per adult. Children under 16 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-registration will be available at Youghal Credit Union on Friday 8th December until 1 p.m. and at
Brookes SuperValu on 15th December until 1 p.m.

Free buses will be available return participants to Club Áras, where showers, music and complimentary refreshments will be provided.

A Bag Pack will also be held on Saturday 16th December at Super Valu.

Cork Penny Dinners

On Saturday 16th December, CRY 104fm staff and volunteers will spend the day helping out at Cork Penny Dinners.

CRY is a collection point for Cork Penny Dinners Christmas Appeal and we are currently seeking donations of toys (must be new), food (non-perishable), toiletries and gifts etc. that can be handed out over the Christmas period.

If you would like to make any donations please drop them into the Station at Nagle House, South Abbey, Youghal before 16th December and we will bring them up with us on the day.

Christmas Carol Service

The Holy Family Church Choir will hold their, Christmas Carol Service, on Thursday 14th December at 7:30pm, in The Holy Family Church, Youghal.

All are welcome to an evening of seasonal songs to celebrate Christmas.

A fund raising night at the movies

“Chick Flicks Against Cancer” are holding a charity screening of the beloved Christmas Movie ‘Love Actually’ on Thursday 13th December in the Mall Arts Centre in Youghal.

Tickets are €10 and are available from Cork ARC Cancer Support House, 29 Friar Street Youghal or at

Festive nibbles, mulled wine and a raffle on the night.

All proceeds from the event will go to Cork ARC Cancer Support House, 29 Friar Street, Youghal, which serves all of East Cork & West Waterford.

Telephone support is also available every Wednesday, on 024 91654.