Thursday Doors


A Thursday door with a little bit of history, this week. St John’s Priory is situated in the main street of Youghal but very little of the original building remains. When excavated it was found to have four main phases of construction, with the main core dating back to the medieval era.


Some portions still survive today, including the door arch and a small window on the street front (as seen in the image below).


“Gwynn and Hadcock (1988, 108) record the existence of a Benedictine priory in Youghal in 1306. It was a ‘hospital-cell’ (along with others at Cork and Waterford), a type of Benedictine foundation that is rare outside Ireland (ibid.) A maison dieu was founded for or by the Benedictines at Youghal in 1185, with an associated leper house on a hill outside the town. A maison dieu was often a short-lived foundation established by laypeople (Gilchrist 1995, 13–14). By 1306 the Benedictine presence seems to have been more firmly established inside the walled town, with the foundation of a structure known as St John’s House on Main Street. The house appears to have been a small dependent cell of the Benedictine house at Bath and operated as a hospital-cell.” (1)

Apparently, Oliver Cromwell made his headquarters there during the winter of 1649 and is said to have inspected his troops every morning from the Priory.

Source 1


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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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32 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Jean, I enjoyed reading the background as much as I enjoyed the photos of the door, particularly the last one where you backed away and showed us the surroundings and how small the priory really was.


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    • Thanks Janet. The building itself is narrow but goes a long way back, I was in it on a couple of occasions when it was a restaurant and upstairs the roof is an a-frame and you can look down from that tiny ‘Gothic’ window onto the street below.


  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Just wonderful Jean. I find myself shaking my head in awe when I read about things that happened so many centuries ago.

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    • In the far distant future, if anyone looks into the history of this building it won’t be Cromwell’s stay that intrigues them. It will be the fact that in the space of four or five years it was home to an Italian restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, a Spanish tapas bar and a Mexican take away – and that’s just off the top of my head. There could have been one or two more. It must be jinxed.

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  3. joey says:

    Wow, 1649. Very nice. Wonderful history connections.

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for bringing us a beautiful set of photos and some very interesting history – that’s my kind of door.

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  5. Lovely – both the photos and the background! 🙂

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  6. Nice door, but it always annoys me when people put modern locks in them!

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  7. Jay says:

    I do love that red and white door!

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  8. Great doors with such a nice historical relevance. The trim around the window is priceless too. 🙂

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  9. Geert Smits says:

    Wow. Such an history … in that small building!

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  10. Great pics and thanks for the historical background, which is always nice to know.

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  11. Really love the history behind the images, which are very beautiful. It’s a little mind-boggling to realize how much history could be behind a door.

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  12. klara says:

    very interesting history behind that door.

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  13. Great photos and history, Jean. Especially love the white door!

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  14. Fascinating background Jean!

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  15. Ali Isaac says:

    It’s beautiful! And I am a suckered for a bit of history! 😀

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  16. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful photos and I love learning the history behind the doors. Yours is so rich in that it goes back so far into the past. Great post Jean.

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