About us

Share This:

We are a voluntary group dedicated to preserving and promoting our unique heritage in this wonderful walled port town. Youghal was an important administrative and commercial centre in the late Medieval period and up to the 19th century. In earlier times the area was associated with significant monastic settlements such as Molana Abbey which had an international reputation for scholarship. There were other monastic groups in Youghal after the arrival of the Normans – there were Franciscans, Benedictines and Dominicans, and just up the river … the Augustinians and overlooking the town at Rhincrew – the Knights Templars!, ( although some dispute that the Knights Templars were in Youghal)

2019  theme 


For all the latest news , please visit us on Facebook. This includes photos of our latest conference. When you become our “Friend” on Facebook you automatically get all the latest news.

You could also be on our emailing list . a little pop up screen will give you the opportunity to do this. We have lots of  posts ( just click on link  EMAIL  to help you search for your Youghal roots.

 Each year we hold a History Conference over two days with highest quality speakers, field trips and activities relating to our heritage. In our Archive section you can see the quality of previous presentations and presenters. Our Photo gallery gives you an idea of our work, our past conferences and our activities. Many of the photos were taken by local photographer Michael Hussey.

The Theme of the Conference in  2019   is :

 S E C R E T   S O C I E T I E S  and Societies with Secrets

This promises to be a very exciting conference …. with topics from the Templars to the 19th century and lots  in between .  It will be a little different this year – six lectures all on one day.

There will be an informal dinner at the end of the conference but those who wish to get home on the day will be well able to do so!


Dr. Diarmaid Scully (UCC) :  The Templars from the New Knighthood to Enemies of the Faith

Prof. Tadhg O’Keeffe (UCD)  :  Solomonic Secrets in the Architectural Profession ? The origins of Freemasonry

Dr. Maeve O’Riordan (UCC)  : Doneraile House and Elizabeth St. Leger – the first female Freemason

Dr. David Fleming (UL) :  Uncovering the Secrets of the Youghal Hanoverian Society

Dr. Jay Roszman (UCC)  : Outrages and the Secret Societies in East Cork, 1830 – 1845

Dr. Kieran Groeger (YCH) : Was Youghal a safe have for the families of the regicides?

If you would like help getting accommodation, visit the  Youghal Chamber of Tourism and Commerce office – right in the centre of town, on the water’s edge side of the Clock Gate, which, by the way, you can visit and it is worth a visit!!!!!

There is a  free Youghal App ( available for iPhones and Androids) giving details of places to stay, eat, useful numbers, walks, trails, shopping, what’s on etc.

There is also a website – www.Youghal.ie  The website will help you locate a variety of options – Hotels, Bed and Breakfast, Farmhouse, apartments etc.

Abstracts of papers  will be found on the Conference page, as they arrive they are posted.

As every year – it is an action packed Celebration of History ! Come and join us this year. Contact us if you wish to be included in mail shots.

For all advanced bookings we do accept an email or letter or telephone call from you to reserve your place(s). You can then settle on the day.

There are many options – Conference only, Conference Dinner, Field Trip, the ‘full package”, individual sessions of the Conference  (there are three sessions).

We will use PayPal , a respected service but –  if you don’t mind,  just settle on the day or send a cheque to Youghal Celebrates History c/o The College, Youghal. 

Have you an E Mail address ? Please let us know so that we can add you to our list of contacts, you will get an occasional newsletter, an invitation to this year’s conference and put us in touch with you. Don’t forget you can also visit us on Facebook. We will not give your email address to anyone else. That’s a promise!

Check the Archive page to see the various papers offered in the past.

Mobile Phone Number 087 9666554

We wish to acknowledge the support of the Irish Heritage Council and Cork County Council in our work.