Official Opening of Youghal’s Clock Gate Tower for Visitor Experience

by Denise FitzGerald

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Youghal town crier Clifford Winser and storyteller Emily Tobin, at the official opening of Youghal Clock Gate Tower in Youghal, Co Cork. Picture: David Keane.

The doors were opened wide, the ribbon was cut and Youghal's Clock Gate Tower was officially launched on Thursday last, March 2nd, as a unique visitor attraction in the East Cork seaside town.

Dating from 1777 the revamped tower now includes a permanent interpretative exhibition, costumed storytellers, storyboards and audio-visual elements which tell a story that goes back over 600 years. The building is set over four floors of the tower and visitors can enjoy four different eras of time, including a medieval merchant’s dwelling, an 18th-century gaol, a ‘time keeping floor’ and the former family home of the McGrath family, who still reside in the town.

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