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The Collegiate Church of Saint Mary, nestling in a corner of Youghal’s medieval town walls, can claim to be the oldest church in Ireland with continuous worship since the 13th century.
The trusses of the stunning nave roof have been carbon dated to the late 12th century.
Its fascinating monuments include the 17th century memorial to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, and an older stone depicting a Viking longboat from 9th century.
Associated with the church were people like Sir Walter Raleigh whose house next door can be seen from the churchyard, and Oliver Cromwell who is said to have addressed his troops from the trunk in the sanctuary. Beside the trunk is a rare example of a medieval sepulchre tomb.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.00pm; Sunday 11.30 – 4pm.
Limited parking at the church.
No admission charge
Easy access for disabled
Level access to the toilet but it is not a toilet specifically for the disabled.