Campaign to restore cross river ferry in Youghal
Cork County Mayor Mary Linehan-Foley has rowed in behind suggestions to restore a ferry link across the Blackwater in Youghal harbour.
The councillor has already broached the issue with Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and is set to do so again.
The idea was recently floated, so to speak, by a volunteer group journeying from Rosslare to West Cork.
The group, split among walkers, cyclists, and kayakers, were researching a ‘Celtic corridor’ tourism route, based on culture and heritage along 350km of coastline.
The three cyclists, comprising a mum and two children, abandoned participation due to traffic fears, with the N25 and the 5km R673 linking it to Ardmore particularly frightening.
The cyclists instead travelled to Youghal by boat from nearby Monatrea and the peninsula known as Ferry Point.
The 1km crossing took about 15 minutes compared to 50 minutes and 10km of cycling.
Ms Linehan-Foley welcomed the visitors at Nealon’s Quay pontoon where they spoke enthusiastically about the concept of a foot passenger ferry.
“We found it a safer mode of transport while enabling us to visit more sights,” said Celtic corridor exponent Seán Corcoran.
The county mayor said the idea was being increasingly circulated locally, amid the growing momentum of Youghal’s tourism industry.
She believed the evolution of the Dungarvan greenway alongside the current constructions of a YoughalMidleton equivalent and an extended Youghal boardwalk signals increased tourist numbers and interdependence between the two neighbouring regions.
“The benefit of a ferry service between the two counties is very obvious, especially for tourists who want to park their cars and enjoy more eco-friendly trips,” said the mayor.
Ms Linehan-Foley later relayed the idea to Mr Ryan during a video conference at County Hall that also involved senior Cork County Council officials.
“The minister raised the issue of the greenways and how they might somehow interconnect,” she said. “He was then quite interested when I mentioned the ferry. He hopes to visit County Hall shortly and is open to all proposals.”
Youghal Urban Council operated a ferry service across the river but it ceased around the mid-1950s as public and private road transport grew.