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.
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.