The ancient seaport of Youghal (Eochaill; pronounced 'yawl'), at the mouth of the Blackwater River, has a rich history that may not be instantly apparent, especially if you coast past on the N25. In fact, even if you stop, it may just seem like a humdrum Irish market town. But take a little time and you'll sniff out some of its once-walled past and enjoy views of the wide Blackwater estuary.
The town was a hotbed of rebellion against the English in the 16th century, and Oliver Cromwell wintered here in 1649 as he sought to drum up support for his war in England and quell insurgency among the pesky Irish. Youghal was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh during the Elizabethan Plantation of Munster – he was mayor of Youghal in 1588–9 – and he spent brief spells living here in his house, Myrtle Grove.