Irish Walled Towns

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The Viking raiders of the ninth century and the Anglo-Norman invaders of the twelfth built defensive strongholds that over the centuries came to enrich the fabric of Irish life.

Youghal Town Walls Conservation 2007-2012

Youghal in Co. Cork is currently positioning itself as a premium heritage tourism destination for both Irish holiday makers and for foreign tourists. One of the town's main attractions is the impressive and mostly intact town wall, which points to the importance of the town in medieval Ireland. Since 2007, the IWTN has provided €675,000 for the conservation of this magnificent monument.

Youghal is also one of three participating towns in the Heritage Council's pilot Historic Towns Initiative which aims to conserve the built and natural heritage of these towns while maximising the economic potential of their heritage assets. The IWTN has also provided funding for a feasibility study concerning the iconic Clockgate Tower. Conducted by KPMG, this report has highlighted the potential of the building for use as an interpretative and crafts centre.

Local Authority: Youghal Town Council
David Kelly Partnership/ Daniel Noonan Archaeological Consultancy
Contractors: BAM Civil Ltd, L&M Keating Ltd,Cornerstone Construction, Cumnor Construction.
Funding Body:
The Heritage Council through the IWTN

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This project was grant-aided under the Irish Walled Towns Network Capital Works Scheme between 2007 and 2012.

Youghal iPhone App

In 2012, the Heritage Council and Youghal Town Council launched an innovative and comprehensive iPhone App complete with four separate tours of the town of Youghal. The App can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store or visit / for more information. 

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