Thirty voluntary members of Youghal Tidy Towns work all year round, in all sorts of weather- rain, cold, sun, wind, dry- to keep their town looking clean and attractive. Recently, they undertook the mammoth task of cleaning and painting the outside of six vacant shop premises on the Main Street, which sorely need refurbishing.
Commencing with Moe's Off Licence, the Group got to work making it look fresh and eye catching, Scrubbing the outside, cleaning the windows and painting the facade a lovely shade of Blue, they were then delighted when Kay Curtin of Youghal Community Forum decorated the inside windows with the wonderfully apt theme "The Seaside", displaying her artistic talents with shells, sails, sands and brightness.
This week the Group commenced work on the second empty shop premises, which was known as Mrs Delaney's Wool Shop, located in South Main Street, and they are now hard at work painting, decorating and freshening the premises.
The East Cork Journal met last week with the volunteer groups, Youghal Tidy Towns and the recently formed Youghal Community Forum, to hear their ongoing plans for the seaside town. Ned Brennan told how this year Youghal Tidy Towns have already hung more than 400 Flower Baskets all over the town and surrounding areas. "We have replaced the old flower boxes at the entry to Youghal at Summerfield Cross, and the new boxes are filled to overflowing with a range of beautiful, colourful and eye catching flowers. The group have also worked on the fencing and benches in Millennium Gardens", he said, "and we are kept busy every single day in different parts of the town.
The collaboration of the recently formed Youghal Community Forum is welcomed, and they have already undertaken to work on the scheme refurbishing the interiors of the vacant shop premises, where access is possible. Michéal de Buitléi said they are very positive with the support which they have received so far, and emphasised that "the future of Youghal will be guaranteed by everyone pulling together for the benefit of the town".
And then, immediately following the brief meeting with The East Cork Journal on that cold, miserable evening, the members of Youghal Tidy Towns made their swift departure and headed off in three separate groups of four to work at Summerfield Cross, the Millennium Gardens, and Lighthouse Hill, anxious to finish before the wind got too strong and the dark clouds opened up and poured rain down on them.
Youghal is on an upwards and positive surge. It is looking very attractive; four new shops have opened in the town in recent weeks; businesses and volunteers are combining their efforts and working together; the vacant shops on Main Street are being decorated; entertainment, theatre and festivals are organised which are drawing huge support, and beds of bright, beautiful plants and shrubs welcome everyone who enters the town from each side.
Well done to all involved in making Youghal once more a town where residents are proud to live and appreciate its beauty, and which will entice visitors and tourists alike to enjoy all it has to offer.