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Youghal is now recognised as south coasts most popular resort. This stunning holiday destination has been awarded an EU Blue Flag for the beach at Claycastle near the town centre.

It's no wonder that Youghal has become the family destination of choice. The adventurous holiday-maker can choose from a range of activities including power-boating, dinghy-racing, yacht cruising, whale watching, even wreck-diving!

For those looking for a more laid-back experience, visitors can take a relaxing cruise or fishing trip on the Blackwater river - one of Europe's most unspoilt rivers.

Perks Family Entertainment Centre and the Aura Leisure Centre is a must for all the family and with more holiday homes to rent than any other resort town on the South Coast - including cottages, houses, apartments, guest houses and even luxury villas, many with spectacular views, you will be spoilt for choice.

But this resort is not just about the sea...
It's about the 'craic' in the bars, the live music, the world famous seafood restaurants, the golf and greyhound racing all set in the backdrop of a medieval town of stunning beauty and character.

What sets Youghal apart from other resorts however, is its natural beauty, with stunning walks and cycle routes along ecology areas to the historical town centre. Youghal is also a perfect base in which to explore the beauty of East Cork and West Waterford. A large number of internationally acknowledged heritage sites and conservation areas are visible along these routes.

Youghal is also one of the best preserved examples of a 13th century town in Europe, and as such has been designated a 'Heritage' Town by Failte Ireland. It was built as a town to defend and control trade on the Blackwater River which leads into the heart of Munster's rich farmlands. Youghal's position was critical to the maintenance of that trade, and access to the most valuable farmland in Ireland. It derives its name from the Gaelic word 'Eochaill', meaning 'yew wood', pronounced 'Yawl'.

You can explore the walls and one of the towers from which it is possible to make out the original layout of the town. Full details on the historic buildings in Youghal, such as the Watergate, Myrtle Grove, Tyntes Castle and St. Mary's Collegiate Church can be found in our heritage section. The most notable (and photographed) building in the town centre is the fine Clock Tower in the main street, built in 1776 as a gaol (jail) to imprison the renegade Catholics. It was routinely used as torture chamber and was universally regarded as a symbol of terror and tyranny!

Sir Walter Raleigh is probably the most famous citizen of Youghal, responsible for bringing two things to Youghal - potatoes and tobacco, as Youghal was the leading trading point in Ireland at the time.

Another famous resident of Youghal was the first Earl of Cork, Sir Richard Boyle, who purchased many of the estates of Raleigh. Boyle's remains are buried in St. Mary's Collegiate Church, an 11th century jewel.

To fully appreciate medieval and historical Youghal, take a guided or self guided tour around Youghal Heritage Trail , commencing at Youghal Tourist Office.

Today Youghal celebrates its past and present in a series of events and festivals throughout the year. For the Irish music and dance enthusiast Ceoltas Si' is performed in a number of locations throughout the town, both shows running throughout July and August. Sports enthusiasts can take part in the Youghal Triathlon in July. A family fun day that celebrates Youghal's magical medieval past is the annual Medieval Fun Day. Youghal Celebrates History is an annual conference when historians from Ireland and abroad gather for animated discussions on Youghal's heritage.

Youghal is ideally geographically positioned. It's where the beauty of East Cork merges with stunning West Waterford and serves as a perfect base for the holidaymaker. With access to both Cork and Waterford Airports only a 45 minute drive away.

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