Youghal Councillor Promises to Wear Bikini on Derelict Viewing Stand

By Seamus Whelehan

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East Cork Municipality Chairwoman, Mary Linehan Foley is continuing her campaign for Cork County Council to act on preventing part of Youghal's heritage from further decay.

The ongoing issue over Moll Goggin’s viewing balcony arose again this week, as serious concerns were raised over the iconic viewing point.

The 6 meter square balcony was where, in times past, the local women waved their husbands off to sea and welcomed them home again.

The area, which is now on the brink of collapse, has been fenced off for over a decade.

The Independent Cllr told the November Sitting “Before I die, I’m going to be able to stand on Moll Goggin’s corner again, in a bikini.”

The viewing stand at Moll Goggin’s has been neglected for so long that a wide hole has now appeared underneath. Due to lack of maintenance, one section of the viewing stand is almost ready to fall into the sea.

The section of road which traverses Moll Goggin’s corner was upgraded as part of the Town's main drainage scheme, yet no funds were made available to maintain this historic site.

Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy said she understood the “intricacies” of the work involved but said “it is still worth re-instating.”

Cllr Noel Collins said he, too, supported Cllr Linehan Foley in her efforts on the viewing area.

“Moll is very much part and parcel of Youghal to both native and tourist alike and, in former years, was a canoodling area where many a marriage was made and many hearts broken.”

He pressed Council to source funding as “the love birds now have nowhere to go.”

A new survey of costings for the reinstatement of the site is to be considered by Council Executive.

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