Youghal, County Cork
Youghal (pronounced 'yawl') is a seaport in the south-east of Cork, located on the estuary of the River Blackwater. Youghal has been designated as a Heritage Town by Bord Fáilte and has a distinctive long and narrow layout, built as it is on the edge of a steep riverbank. The name 'Youghal' derives from the yew woods (Eochaill) which were once plentiful in the area. Yew was once extensive throughout Ireland. In Youghal, yew wood was used to feed the ironworks of Richard Boyle during the 17th century.
One of Cork's most popular seaside resorts, the historic walled seaport town of Youghal has many historic buildings and monuments within its ancient town walls. The main street is spanned by an old clock tower and Youghal has a promenade leading to a magnificent 8km beach. The town is steeped in history and many visitors who come to Youghal are attracted by its historic buildings and natural surroundings.
St. Mary's Parish Church has recently been restored to good effect and there are several old abbeys, towers and buildings in the town, which can be enjoyed by visitors to Youghal when they follow the signposted Town Trail. The film Moby Dick was shot on location here.
The bustling and picturesque town of Youghal has been a popular holiday destination for centuries. Attractions such as fishing in the River Blackwater (noted for salmon, trout and excellent coarse fish), golf, sailing, angling, pitch and putt and yachting are to be enjoyed while staying in Youghal.
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