Light­house to open to tourists

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Plans are un­der­way to turn a for­mer light­house in East Cork into a tourist at­trac­tion. The first light tower on this site, at the en­trance to Youghal har­bour, was erected in 1190.

Pos­ses­sion of the op­er­a­tional light­house was handed over to Cork County Coun­cil in June, 2014, by the Com­mis­sioner of Ir­ish Lights. An ap­pli­ca­tion was made to the Depart­ment of Arts Her­itage and the Gaeltacht, un­der the Town and Vil­lage Re­newal Scheme, for fund­ing.

The lo­cal author­ity plans to open up the light­house court­yard to vis­i­tors; de­velop a view­ing area; and tell the story of Youghal’s light­house and mar­itime past.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr De­clan Hur­ley, said he is de­lighted with the an­nounce­ment of €78,000 to­wards the project.

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