About us – Youghal Celebrates History

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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.

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 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 2014 is :

 A  GATHERING OF FRIENDS

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A Meeting for Worship will be held on Sunday,  at 9.00 a.m, before the conference starts.  Those wishing to attend should be at the conference centre. Those not attending the service should wait at the Reception area of the Conference Centre. The conference schedule ( to start at 10.00 a.m.) is unchanged.

Visitors to Youghal

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.

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.

If you have an iPhone , android or smartphone there is a lovely FREE app available , simply called the Youghal App – available from iTunes or your Android provider, it offers a lot of information, stories, maps, things to do in and around Youghal – all information provided by local volunteers.

If you have an iPad there is  an interactive iBook called “Youghal Heritage Trial”  which tells the story of Youghal over the centuries. It is FREE from iTunes Bookstore. Author is Kieran Groeger, a committee member.

A number of activities are planned stretching from Friday night (which in  Ireland in 2014  will be Culture Night – so the whole town will be buzzing with activities), the conference takes place on the Saturday and a field trip on the Sunday .

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.

Are you over 55? We have a special rate for all over 55s!! Email us for details.

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, Over 55s rate, 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.

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Mobile Phone Number 087 9666554

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