The Irish in America

DAY 2: One of My Favorite Towns in Ireland


Nearly every town I visit in Ireland quickly becomes a favorite, but Youghal has earned a special place with me ever since I “discovered” it in 2009. Here are a few reasons why Youghal is one of my favorite towns in Ireland…

Youghal from the Collegiate Gardens (2012, Regan McCormack)

Youghal from the Collegiate Gardens (2012, Regan McCormack)

  1. St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and Gardens – A National Monument of Ireland, this peaceful spot sits tucked away from Youghal’s main drag. My favorite place in town. Great views.
  2. Aherne’s – I have eaten at Aherne’s more often than any other restaurant in Ireland. I love the seafood chowder and any fish they serve. Outstanding.
  3. La Petite Auberge – Your hosts, Lila and David, make this lovingly restored townhouse B&B the perfect place to stay in Youghal. Throw in comfortable rooms and awesome breakfasts, and you get the entire package. B&B’s are not usually my first choice for accommodation, but La Petite Auberge is more of a small inn.
  4. Youghal Heritage Trail – Learn all about Youghal’s fascinating history. Just pick up the self-guided tour brochure at the Visitor Heritage Centre, or ask about the guided tour option.
  5. If you plan to bring a group to Youghal, consider staying at 3 Clifton – a gorgeous, restored Victorian townhouse, opposite the promenade and lighthouse. Youghal served as my family’s base for exploring County Cork in 2009. The house was immaculate with great amenities. The owners have also restored the adjacent house, so the two houses would be ideal for an extended family gathering or a larger group of friends. Self-catering at its finest.

I am not sure that Youghal receives the attention it deserves from American visitors to Ireland. Youghal has a rich and varied history, beautiful scenery, and fantastic people. I can’t wait to return!

Me in Youghal (2012, Regan McCormack)

Me in Youghal (2012, Regan McCormack)


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

4 thoughts on “DAY 2: One of My Favorite Towns in Ireland

  1. You have a good eye but of course you have n’t seen any of it really. There is so much more to Youghal that even many locals dont know.

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  3. What a wonderful enticement to Ireland in general, and Youghal in particular. A lyrical town.

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