Thursday Doors


Thursday Doors this week brings me back to an old favourite, The Collegiate Church in Youghal. There is a pop-up museum on display there at the moment and my daughter and grandson came along to catch up on some local history. He’s only six years old but loves anything old or vintage (including me) and had great fun being surrounded by all that history.

A couple of years ago the floor just in front of the baptismal font began to subside and during the repairs an underfloor heating system was discovered, along with some old bones.  The grave was believed to be that of a medieval 30 year old female, possibly a nun. The heating system consisted of 18th century subterranean flues that carried hot air from fires lit in the church. Further remnants gave evidence of a later system that transported water from a furnace through earthen channels.

We also met some interesting historical characters in the pop-up museum and my daughter and grandson enjoyed ‘modelling’ some of the costumes.

Medieval Youghal

This medieval model of the town was built by Crowley Model Makers of Bray, County Wicklow. With a scale of  1:500 and a  base size of 1000mm x 800mm the  model was based on a map of Youghal in 1558 which was set out in the recently published ‘Youghal Atlas’ produced by The Royal Academy of Ireland.  The project was developed and produced over a period of 4 months. The following video gives an excellent perspective.

If you would like to see some more doors from around the world, have a look at Norm’s blog and then click the blue link at the bottom of his post.

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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12 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I enjoyed reading about this and I really like the pictures. Like your grandson, I love all things old and vintage. It looks like you guys had a good time.

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    That scale model is amazing, I can’t imagine how many hours of work must have gone into making it.
    It looks like a very good time was had by all 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this Jean.

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  3. jan says:

    Another wonderful reason to go to Ireland! You’re making it impossible to resist.

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  4. marianallen says:

    I love that video — Like being in a Medieval town without the smell. That church is beautiful, and the museum sounds wonderful. I love it that your grandson enjoys vintage things. I would have a great time in that museum. 🙂

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  5. Thanks for a splendid visit Jean ! Found myself getting quite lost in the scale model, especially with that wonderful music on the soundtrack – it must have been quite a town back in the 1500’s – hope it still is.

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    • Even before the recession kicked in Youghal was experiencing business closures, Jane. In the past it was a busy commercial and seaside town. Nowadays the seaside, hospitality and historical amenities are the main source of income for the town so it’s great to see such effort being put into those areas – a lot of it by volunteers too.

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      • The world has changed so much in such a few decades hasn’t it Jean, even since we came here 14 years ago – seems as if tourism is the life-saver for so many places, that at least is a good thing! I find I’m becoming more and more interested in social history!

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