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Youghal Town Wall and Gate
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 51° 57' 15.6"   W 007° 51' 14.2"

Nearest town

Youghal

Grid Ref.

X 10092 77977

Map No.

81

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

40

Date of visit

Thursday 20 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Looking southeast along the town walls.


We didn't know that in Youghal there was such a magnificent remain of a town wall. We were driving into town and saw the signpost to the wall so we followed the tip.
The construction of the town wall can be dated around 1250, the period of the Anglo-Norman settlements.
Originally there were 13 towers along the length of the town walls. The surviving section of the wall is 1 km long and four towers still remain along it. It runs southeast-northwest (110°-290°) and the coordinates for this page have been taken at the northwesternmost tower. A flight of steps on the northeast side of the wall leads up to the top wall-walk. It is possible to reach the northwest tower, but the access is padlocked. Next to the tower, on the wall, there's a plaque which reads:
"This Tower was erected and those guns were placed here by the Rev.d P.W. Drew.
They defended the Town in a relent time. ~ Just hear what the fellows say
When Frenchmen landed at Monatray one of us made them scamper away."
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