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Eight visitor moorings have been installed in Youghal harbour by Cork County Council says and this development has been welcomed by Cork East Fine Gael TD, and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton. The moorings are for visiting boats only and should assist in the development of Marine Tourism in the town.

“I have been working with Youghal Maritime Development Group in Youghal to develop the marine tourism potential in the town and arranged a meeting between members of the Group and for Marine Minister Simon Coveney in October 2015 to explore the options to develop the marine tourism sector in particular a marina. These eight moorings are the first step in this process and I hope that they will encourage visitors to travel to Youghal by boat and see all the town has to offer visitors.

“I understand that plans are also well underway for a public floating pontoon at Nealon’s Quay to allow for more visiting boats in the future. Cork County Council has secured planning for this development and drawings and costings have been prepared. A public consultation process has also recently concluded and it is understood that no objections to the plans were made.

“The high level of public support for marine tourism developments in the town is very welcome. Youghal has superb maritime resources situated on the Blackwater estuary in a very scenic part of East Cork. The beaches in the area are excellent and the boardwalk has also been fully repaired after it was badly damaged in storms. The multi-million investment in a modern wastewater treatment plant will also be of great benefit.

“In addition, to the marine aspect, Youghal’s tourism product has recently received a further boost with the opening of the Clock Gate Tower and other recent large funding allocations for St Mary’s Collegiate Church and the Town Walls and the official opening of the Raleigh Quarter. Investment in Aura Leisure Centre, Youghal Greyhound Track and the numerous parks, restaurants, bars, accommodation and shops all add to Youghal’s appeal to visitors.