Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Work continues on the new Youghal boardwalk - Nov 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Work continues on the new Youghal boardwalk - Nov 2020

Despite the COVID restrictions, work still continues on the new boardwalk in Youghal in East Cork.

The existing Youghal Boardwalk is a 400 metre hardwood paneled beach walk-way, stretching from Front Strand Beach to Claycastle Blue Flag Beach. This was completed in 2012 at a cost of €220,000.

That boardwalk was largely destroyed during the winter of 2014 and had to be upgraded and refurbished before re-opening again in 2015.

In June of 2020, Cork County Council issued tender documents to start phase 2 of the €1.7 million project which will see a new 1.5km boardwalk built between Claycastle car park to the Youghal Quality Hotel at Redbarn.

The map above shows the original boardwalk in Purple. The proposed new stretch is in Red.

A section of the new proposed East Cork Greenway is shown in Green. The new projects will open up a lot of new routes for walkers and runners in the East area.

For example, it will be possible in time to say start a run in Youghal, run down to Redbarn on the boardwalk, across on quiet roads to Gortroe and then back on the Greenway to Youghal.

As the photos from Cork County Council show, work is currently progressing nicely.

At the signing of the tender last June, the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, said... “I am especially proud to sign this contact as County Mayor  for what is a fantastic amenity in Youghal. The extension will see the original 400 metre boardwalk at Claycastle beach, which was completed in 2012 extended by 1.5km as far as Redbarn beach. The boardwalk is hugely popular and this further development is great news for Youghal and the community. It also offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the ecological significance of Ballyvergan Marsh and coastal zone, providing low impact on the environment, restricting erosion, and provision of an awareness platform of the area’s value to both locals and visitors alike.”

This video clip shows some of the construction...

In the long term, there will always probably be a fear that any boardwalk that faces the sea will be destroyed by a large storm. Only time will tell if this new improved boardwalk will be survive the elements.

The new boardwalk is expected to be open by the end of 2020.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are right ~ it is completely daft.