A prominent site in Youghal that has been derelict for some time has been purchased by an Irish property development company, which has redeveloped a number of sites in East Cork in recent years.
The former Seafield Fabrics factory in Youghal was bought by Redbarn Construction. The site is situated on the main road into Youghal and is 40km from Cork city.
The site is currently zoned for existing leisure facilities and miscellaneous commercial enterprises.
Redbarn Construction was responsible for the restoration of Youghal’s Regal Cinema and the Ashton Court development at the Loreto Convent, a disused former secondary school.
The refurbished cinema opened its doors in July 2018 with two screens a luxury mezzanine level in screen one and a multipurpose space for private parties alongside a wine bar and cafe.
The company is also responsible for Parklands an estate of 37 family homes and 12 apartments in Youghal as well as Lios An Oir another estate in Youghal.
The news of the deal was welcomed by local Fianna Fāil TD James O’Connor who said that any development on the site would complement a number of ongoing developments.
Mr O’Connor said: “The past few months have begun to transform the coastal section of the town. The boardwalk extension is now underway, and clearance works continue to advance on the Midleton to Youghal Greenway”.
“This is another vote of confidence for a town which has experienced enormous hardship and I am sure that Youghal’s best days are yet to come.”