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Tourist attractions reopen across Cork

A number of popular tourist sites across Cork have reopened, providing a much-needed boost for some local economies. From this week Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Michael Collins House, St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal Clock Gate, Cobh Heritage Centre, Spike Island and the grounds of Mallow Castle are open to the public. Dursey Cable Car will also resume service on July 6. Safety procedures have been put in place at each location.
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NCTS re-opens more centres, all Cork services to be open by mid-July

The National Care Testing Service (NCTS) has this week re-opened more of its test centres around the country and says it will open more centres in Cork in the coming weeks. Earlier this month, the NCTS re-opened its centres at Little Island and Blarney with the Skibbereen centre scheduled to re-open yesterday. The NCTS says it plans to re-open its centres in Macroom, Charleville and Youghal in mid-July. NCTS had
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Fierce pride in Youghal as Mary Linehan Foley elected Mayor of County Cork

There's fierce pride in East Cork today as Cllr Mary Linehan Foley has been announced as the new Mayor of the County of Cork. The Youghal woman was unanimously voted into the prestigious office and is now set to lead the county through the covid comeback. The news will come as no shock to those close to Linehan Foley who recently became the first woman to be elected Mayor of
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Cork County Council secure major funding to develop two Cork towns

Cork County Council has secured funding to the value of €551,250 for 2 major projects which have been approved under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) from the Department of Rural & Community Development. In Youghal, the Regeneration of the Town Centre and Development of a future vision for the disused former Courthouse, costed at €375,000 will benefit with €281,250 approved in RRDF funding while in Mitchelstown, the Development
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Youghal GAA surpass fundraising target for Mercy Hospital cancer ward

Youghal GAA club has raised much needed funds for the Mercy University Hospital with its 24 hour run in aid of the hospital’s cancer unit. Youghal GAA players and management took part in a 24 hour run last month which saw each player taking turns in running consistently for one hour. A total of 38 people were allocated a time and ran in pairs with social distancing in place within
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Great boost for Youghal as €1.7 million seaside boardwalk work gets underway

Youghal is getting a serious boost as work had got underway on a boardwalk going along it's shoreline. The current walk in Youghal is being extended from Claycastle Beach onto Redbarn in a project expected to cost €1.7 million. Once finished it will be part of the National Coastal Walk route with Cork County Council saying it'll drastically improve the "beach experience" as it connects Redbarn with the town. The
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Youghal’s Mary Linehan Foley to become County Mayor

Youghal-based Councillor Mary Linehan Foley is expected to be elected the next County Mayor on Friday. Fianna Fáil’s Christopher O’Sullivan was elected to the position 12 months ago but was replaced by his colleague Ian Doyle in February when he was elected to the Dáil. Ms Linehan Foley will take up the chain of office at the council AGM on Friday under the agreed terms of a pact between members.
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Derelict Youghal site purchased by developers

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
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Cabinet approves early exit from Covid-19 controls with gyms, cinemas open from June 29th

The Cabinet has approved plans to accelerate Ireland’s exit from restrictions put in place to tackle the spread of Covid-19. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Friday that the Cabinet has approved the re-phasing of the roadmap to reopen Ireland’s economy and society. Apart from some exceptions, many businesses and activities will return from June 29th including places of worship, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers and sporting activities. He confirmed that gatherings will
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Plans for 25 wind turbines between Youghal and Dungarvan

An Bord Pleanála has granted Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) status to a massive wind farm proposal straddling the east Cork/west Waterford border. German-based Innogy SE Ltd, through its subsidiary Innogy Renewables Ireland Ltd. and in partnership with Dublin-based Highfield Energy Ltd., plans to construct 25 turbines, 150 metres high on a 3,500 acre site in an area known as Lyrenacarriga. The development is estimated to cost €130m. The site, half
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Passengers face queuing in car parks at Dublin Airport

Social distancing requirements will reduce capacity at Dublin Airport by 70 per cent once air travel recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, while travellers face queuing outside in repurposed car parks before gaining access to terminals, the airport’s owner has said. DAA, which owns and operates Dublin and Cork Airports and has operations in 16 countries, said on Friday that the global pandemic had affected all of its businesses. Traffic at
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GAA club matches to return on July 31st with intercounty games in October

The GAA on Friday released its Safe Return to Gaelic Games plan for the weeks ahead. As anticipated it includes the return of matches for clubs on July 31st and counties no sooner than October 17th. The intercounty format has yet to be announced but it is assumed given the tightness of the scheduling that the championships will be knockout. It was emphasised by the GAA’s head of games administration
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Temperature checks for visitors after nursing homes reopen from June 15th

Nursing home visits will be limited to two named visitors per resident, and visitors must undergo temperatures checks under new public health guidelines to reopen care homes to visits. The Government on Friday signed off on a series of recommendations to permit the phrased reintroduction of visits to nursing homes and care facilities from June 15th. The reopening of the nursing homes, which have been closed to visitors since mid-March,
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Taoiseach announces accelerated easing of coronavirus restrictions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that the roadmap to reopening the country will be accelerated and shortened as he said a “new day” is approaching. The plan will now be shortened from five to four phases. From Monday people can travel anywhere within their own county or up to 20km from their home, whichever is the larger distance. Travel restrictions will be removed on June 29th. From Monday groups of
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Cork greyhound tracks reopen for trainers but no racing until later in June

GREYHOUND activity returns at Curraheen Park this Monday and on Tuesday in Youghal. While greyhound racing doesn't restart formally until June 29, trainers will begin preparations for the resumption after the weekend. Classic winning trainer from Blarney, Johnny Linehan is excited about greyhound racing returning. "We are really looking forward to starting again. We have been galloping away and I've trials booked for Monday and Wednesday. We will also have
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Larger retail stores to reopen on Monday ahead of schedule

The opening of larger retail stores is to be brought forward and will see some bigger shops open from next Monday. The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met today and is recommending that some larger retailers be allowed open next week as long as they have entrances onto the street. It will not include retailers based in shopping centres. This was due to initially happen on June 29th —
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Proposals made to NPHET on bringing forward the easing of some restrictions, says Taoiseach

THE TAOISEACH HAS told the Dáil the government has made proposals to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to bring forward the easing of some restrictions. He said: “We have made proposals to the Chief Medical Officer and NPHET about bringing things forward from [phases] four and three and three and two. “NPHET is considering the proposals and Government will make a decision on that on Friday morning and
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Harris says there is ‘a slight potential increase’ in the Covid-19 reproductive rate

THERE HAS BEEN a “a slight potential increase” in the Covid-19 reproductive rate, according to the Health Minister Simon Harris. The reproductive rate of the virus refers to how many other people a confirmed case goes on to infect. Speaking in the Dáil today, Harris said the rate is now calculated as between 0.4 and 0.7. Last week, the reproduction number was between 0.4 and 0.5. The week previous, it was
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Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be extended for months, but reduced for part-timers

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has told the Dáil that the pandemic unemployment payment will be extended “for months, not weeks”, but that those who worked part-time prior to the crisis will see the amount they receive cut. He said that those who were working full-time prior to receiving the Covid-19 unemployment payment will continue to receive €350 a week into the future. However, those who were working part-time will see their
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NCTS Centres set to reopen

NCTS are reopening the NCT service on a phased basis from the 8 June 2020 with the reopening of 15 centres. Customers of those vehicles that had a test due date prior to 28 March 2020 are now invited to make a booking for one of the following centres: Cork – Little Island Cork – Blarney Northpoint 1 & 2, Dublin Deansgrange, Dublin Fonthill, Dublin Galway Limerick Waterford Letterkenny Athlone
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Free Parking for Youghal

At the monthly East Cork Municipal Meeting this morning , Cllr. Mary Linehan proposed that paid parking be suspended in Youghal for 3 Months to encourage and help local businesses to get back up and running post Covid 19. This was unanimously passed Cllr. Linehan Foley would encourage you all to try and Shop Local.
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Health boss advises people against booking holidays

he public has been advised not to book any holidays for the foreseeable future by the Secretary-General of the Department of Health. Jim Breslin appeared before the Oireachtas Covid Committee today and said that all non-essential travel, including booking holidays, both at home and abroad is not advisable. "The position at the moment is there should be no non-essential travel overseas, that'll be kept under review," Mr Breslin said. "We
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Phase 2 Details

STARTING 8TH JUNE Extend travel/exercise restriction to within 20 k of home whilst continuing to avoid unnecessary journeys. Those cocooning can shop in designated retail hours. They can also be visited for short periods in their own homes. Number of people in attendance at funerals still restricted to immediate family and close friends and limited to a maximum number of mourners for a limited period of time where social distancing