Court Service Open To Giving Youghal’s Courthouse Back To Community

By Seamus Whelehan

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The Irish Court Service say they are open to approaches from Cork County Council to discuss possible uses for Youghal’s vacant Courthouse building.
The news comes following a motion tabled by Cllr Mary Linehan Foley at the July sitting of the authority’s Southern Committee.
The Independent Cllr had sought answers from the Court service as to their future intentions for the listed building.
The former district courtroom on market square has been derelict for a number years, following the move by the judicial service to the Mall Art Centre.
The Youghal based Cllr told the executive she hoped to see the former district court continue to serve the community, while serving as a testament to the areas colourful past.
The listed structure is located just yards from Youghal’s newest attraction the Clockgate and has lain idle for over a decade.
Some works were carried out to the roof and guttering to secure the building from the elements.
However town crier Cliff Windsor says he is continually making excuse after excuse to the towns visitors for the eyesore.
Mr Winsor said he would like to see the site turned into a heritage centre dedicated to Youghal’s industrial past.
The Court Service say it’s their “policy to make such unused former courthouses available for other community or public uses” and that they “are open to approaches from the local authorities to discuss the transfer of this building for other public uses, if they have need of it.”
Cllr Linehan Foley who wants Cork County Council to intervene with an action plan to save the building, received the full backing of the authority’s Southern Committee to pursue the property on behalf of the local authority.

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