Nestled under the protective arms of Youghal Town Walls, in the Raleigh Quarter of Youghal, St Mary’s College Church, is a national monument of huge national and international significance. Historic traditions indicate a Church here back in the time of St Declan of Ardmore in the 5th century.
On a visit to St. Mary’s Collegiate Church the history is tangible – with magnificent architecture, the 13th century oak roof structure, the fascinating plaques and effigies. Of course together with the wonderful structure St. Mary’s Collegiate Church places us in times of great historic events and in eras of historic figures, e.g Sir, Richard Boyle – 1st Earl of Cork, Oliver Cromwell, who wintered in Youghal in the 1600s.
Our Tour Guides at St. Mary’s will travel with you through these eras with tales of the good, the bad and the never before told….all having played a significant roll in making St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and Youghal what it is to-day.
The children will love the on-site Pop-Up Museum great information panels concerning the more unusual characters who frequented our shores.
The Graveyard Trail with interesting information points gives you access to a walk along part of the medieval town wall with stunning views across the town and the estuary.
A guided tour of St. Mary’s takes approximately 30/35 minutes, but we know you will like to further explore this historic monument yourself