Conference Programme 2017


Friday Night  September 29th

Conference Brochure 2017 

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“A Night at the Flicks”

There will be three photographic collections presented on the night and a selection of old video footage of Youghal – Claud Cockburn, William Trevor etc., Youghal carpets etc.

The three collections featured will be the Horgan Collection, the Roche Collection and the Treacy Collection (from the Nook Pub). This will be a wonderful night of nostalgia, of memory sharing and enjoyment.


Starts at 7.30

Saturday 30th September 

– all day conference followed by an informal Conference Dinner

09.00 Registration

09.45  Official Opening .. Marian O’Halloran, Chairperson Youghal Celebrates History

                                           Dr.Dagmar O’Riain-Raedel , Academic Director

10.00    The Tom McCarthy Memorial Lecture –

Vera Ryan “Youghal and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland from the 1880s to the 1920s.

10.45  Shane Breslin      ” The Claymen of Youghal” ( Pottery has been made in this area for thousands of years. The local clay made a wonderful dense building brick. Shane will outline the story of the claymen of Youghal.)

11.15 Coffee  Break

11.45 Tom Donnelly     “Memories of Youghal Carpets”

( Tommy will cover the  background to O’Brien’s Carpet Weaving, setting up Youghal Carpets, the expansion of the company, the 30 years of success followed by the decline and closure of Youghal Carpets) .

12.15  David Kelly “The Changing Face of Youghal in the 20th Century” (David will describe the physical changes in the town during the 20th century including the advances in the provision of social housing, the advent of new industries and the impact on the town’s built heritage, together with a sideways look at the social changes.)

This talk will be illustrated appropriately with David’s collection of photographs.

13.00 –   15.00          Lunch  ( A variety of options will be suggested for local restaurants)

15.30    –  Michael Penrudduck    –  “The History of Net Fishing in the River Blackwater”

(Michael will outline the historical aspect of the legality of fishing on the Blackwater,  some of the stories about the river and fishing.)

16.00  – Declan Hassett – “That Precious Space between Dreams and Adulthood” (Youghal in the Showband era, the trains coming from Cork laden with stark raving mad youngsters anxious for a day at the beach and a visit to Perks)

Sunday  Morning 1st October

10.00 – Colm Keane  – “A Youghal Retrospective”

11.00  – Peter Murray  – “Walter Verlin, His Life in Art”

For those who would like to visit the newly opened Clock Gate we have a special code for the weekend with a special offer of reduced prices :  Quote the special offer  YCH2017 when you are booking. The offer applies all weekend. Visits typically last about 45 minutes.


Meet the Presenters:

Focus on David Kelly

David is a graduate of the National University of Ireland in Engineering and Town Planning.   He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He has been in private practice as both Engineer and Town Planner with over forty years of experience in the conservation of historic buildings and structures, including National Monuments.  He has been a continuing member of the Historic Monuments Committee of Cork County Council since 1977.

His publications include:

Historic Towns Atlas No. 27 – Royal Irish Academy, 2015 with Prof. Tadhg O’Keeffe

The Conservation and Repair of Masonry Ruins, 2010, Advice Series Booklet for the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with Margaret Quinlan and Mary Hanna

Guidelines for Built Heritage Conservation for Waterways Ireland, 2016, with Margaret Quinlan and Aighleann O’Shaughnessy

Disaster – A Guide to Prevention and Recovery in the Historic Built Environment, 2017 with Margaret Quinlan and Frances McGee

Focus on Colm Keane

Colm Keane, in A Youghal Retrospective, will recount his impressions of the town in the Twentieth Century, based on his parents’ recollections from the depressed 1930s and earlier, and his own memories of growing up in the town during the 1950s and ‘60s.

He will also be drawing from his numerous RTE documentaries profiling Youghal people’s memories of events surrounding the Civil War,

the Eucharistic Congress in 1932,

the Emergency during World War II,

and the popular dance crazes and fascination with radio and television in the 1960s.

Colm is still a regular visitor to the town, particularly to the Strand where he grew up and where he can be frequently seen walking his dog!

Youghal-born author and broadcaster Colm Keane has published 26 books, including six number one bestsellers, among them Going Home,  We’ll Meet Again and Heading for the Light.  He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and Georgetown University, Washington DC.  As a producer and presenter with RTE, he won a Jacob’s Award and a Glaxo Fellowship for European Science Writers.  His books, spanning 13 chart bestsellers, include The Distant Shore and Forewarned.


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