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Updated 03/07/2017


Youghal Harbor

Youghal is a seaside resort town in County Cork, Ireland.  The name Youghal comes from the Irish Eochaill meaning "yew woods", which were once plentiful in the area. Older Anglicization of this name include Youghall, Yoghel and Yochil.

In late March 830 there was a "great convulsion of nature" in the province of Munster. This changed the flow of the River Blackwater moving its mouth from Whiting Bay and forming the harbor of Youghal.  1,010 people were lost by a fierce storm when the sea broke its banks.  Soon afterwards in 853 a detachment from the Norman invasion built a fortress in Youghal and laid the foundation of a commercial seaport. In 1130, St Bernard writes of Lismore as the capital city of Munster and describes Youghal as the port of Lismore.

Youghal was incorporated in 1209 by King John and the town was colonized with men-at-arms, traffickers and other adventurers from Bristol.   As a historic walled seaport town on the coastline of east Cork, it has many historic buildings and monuments within its ancient town walls, and has been designated as an Irish Heritage Port by the Irish Tourist Board. It remains a popular tourist destination today.  Notable buildings in the town include Myrtle Grove and St Mary's Collegiate Church, thought to have been founded by St. Declan around 450 (rebuilt in 750 and the nave built in 1220).

Sir Walter Raleigh was Mayor of Youghal in 1588 and 1599 and lived at Myrtle Grove, the Warden's Residence of the Collegiate Church.  In 1954, John Huston filmed part of Moby-Dick there, with the town standing in for New Bedford.

Here then is the retreat march, Youghal Harbor.