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)
2020 July 22nd Breaking Pandemic News
Because of the Covid Situation we will not be offering our normal conference this year. However all is not lost! On Monday 27th July, at 7.00 p.m. we are offering a Zoom talk online on one grave in St. Mary’s – the grave of Elizabeth Scrope ( also spelt as Scroope). To access this talk , go to Eventbrite.ie, check the online events and book as you might normally book on line.
This talk will be by Dr. Kieran Groeger, author of the Little Book of Youghal.
Elizabeth Scrope was the daughter of Adrian Scrope, one of the judges who signed the death warrant for King Charles I in 1649 and was later executed himself for this. The grave has a fascinating story.
This talk is free but there is an option of “buying” a ticket to support our work. We would also welcome your feedback as we consider offering other talks online.
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 2020 is :
St Mary’s Collegiate Church
Celebrating 800 Years of Service
It became a “collegiate” church in 1464 when the Fitzgeralds added a College to prepare men for the service of the church. Many of the most famous names in Irish history have visited the church – Sir Walter Raleigh, the Duke of Wellington, Dean Swift, Oliver Cromwell, Eamonn de Valera…. we will remember some of them at the conference.
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, the ‘full package”, individual sessions of the Conference (there are three sessions).
We use electronic booking with a reputable company, we take credit card payments on the day, and cash or simply 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.