Believe me, this door in my local town of Youghal, is tiny. It belongs to a block of the oldest surviving alms houses in Ireland. Sir Richard Boyle, the first Earl of Cork (1566 –1643) endowed them to six old soldiers, who were to receive a pension of £5 per year. This service was later extended to include widows. The six houses were built in 1610 and continued to be used in their original form until the mid-19th century, when some alterations took place. They are still lived in today and are in a relatively original condition.