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The McGraths of the Clockgate

Mon, Apr 16th, 2018

Agnes McGrath was married to Christy McGrath and Christy was employed as the Clock Caretaker. His job was to maintain and wind the clock of Youghal Clock Gate Tower twice a week and of course to ring the bell in the event of an emergency. Accommodation came with this job and Christy & Agnes, together with their 4 children all lived in the Tower. Living conditions in the tower were poor and very basic. In fact the prison bars from the 1770s were still on the windows, however a very capable Agnes saw to it that the family were well cared for, happy, content, warm and well fed.

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The story of Sarah Roche

Tue, Apr 3rd, 2018

Sarah, a young Youghal lady was incarcerated in Youghal Clock Gate Tower in 1826 for non-payment of a debt. She had borrowed some money from her brother and was unable to meet her repayment commitment. Her disgruntled brother had her thrown into gaol for that reason. As "guest" of the gaoler in Youghal Clock Gate Tower, Sarah was cold – there was no glazing on the windows and the gaol afforded her just one thin worn-out blanket...

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Tours at Youghal Clock Gate Tower

Tue, Apr 3rd, 2018

So how does a visit to Youghal Clock Gate Tower actually work? You might have heard that the Clock Tower in Youghal is open again, right? But wondering is it really worth taking the time to visit?? Well in 2017 thousands of very satisfied visitors seemed to think so! Just check us out on trip advisor to see what they are saying!

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