Monday, 15 March 2010


Nearly two hundred and thirty five years old and still the vehicles and people flow under it. Talking about the Clock Gate that straddles the North Main Street in Youghal, the one landmark in the East Cork seaside town that you cannot help but see.

It was built in 1777 as part of the town’s fortifications and also separated the town proper from the base town.

It also served as a jail and some prisoners had their last view of the town before they were hanged from the windows.

It is a much friendlier place nowadays though one councillor noted that the time displayed is not necessarily always correct. Cllr Liam Burke spoke at a 2009 October meeting and said that the Clock Gate clock is “giving out false information” by chiming out of sync with the real time.

Check out my review of Clock Gate - I am cork - on Qype

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