Lighthouse to open to tourists
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.