Town Walls of Youghal

Jean Reinhardt

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The historic walls of Youghal, a seaside town in county Cork, can boast an original construction date of approximately 1250 AD. Earliest upstanding remains of the walls are from the Anglo-Norman settlement period. Early pictorial maps show the town walls as having 13 towers.

Today, the landward wall survives almost intact and runs for up to one kilometer, with four towers remaining along this part of the wall. In the 15th century, a need for deeper shipping berths saw the quay area of the town moved southwards. To protect the new harbour, an extension to the existing walls was created. The walls were heightened and repaired by Sir Richard Boyle in the 17th Century.

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