Youghal Halloween Festival

More reasons to come to Youghal for Halloween!

Stay at the Quality Hotel and join some festival fun too!


The Youghal Halloween Festival is growing from strength to strength and another fun packed weekend is planned for 2013!

Friday night: Starting at 7.30pm in the Maall Beach,  witches will perform an ancient ritual and they  will also conjure up the Bean Usice from the sea. She will then be paraded around the town, and  everyone will be asked to join in and bring lanterns for a lantern parade.

 Saturday: In the town centre from 11am-5pm there will be a Haunted Graveyard, a Witches Corner, Labyrinth, Torture Place, dead duck fishing,  a lot of interaction with zombies running through the graveyard, local groups getting involved doing the thriller dance etc, and at 2 o clock there will be  a zombie wedding and afterwards a reception in the Ghotic Hall which we be down Barrys lane. There will also be a Ghost tour. and an    acting competition.  Saturday night there will be a work shop in the community centre Titled “How to be a paranormal investigator”, there will also be an investigation afterwards.

Sunday: there will be a spiritual convention in the red store from 10am until 4pm and in the community centre there will be a Halloween market which will also include fortune tellers. There will be a parade around the town at 4 for the kids and a party afterwards in the red store. From there the Bean Usice will be brought back to the sea with a beautiful closing ceremony.

 Sounds like loads of fun in Youghal!

Our July Trip Advisor Winner!

We are delighted to announce that our July Trip Advisor winner is Maureen Hyland.
Maureen wins a Free Holiday break with us here at the Quality Hotel in Youghal and we look forward to welcoming her back.
Maureen stayed with us in July and had this to say:
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 9 July 2013

We are just back and a ball.Three Families went down and stayed in three holiday homes beside each other with large open garden to the back so we were able to have a bbq each evening and the kids could play safely.The houses had everything you need and were modern and clean. The beach and hotel was only a 2min walk away. The Leisure Centre had a lovely indoor pool, the hotel had cinema nights for the kids each evening which they loved, we could not fault anything the staff were so nice and great with the kids, I would like to thank Therese and her team for a great time.”

Remember that you too can be a winner too if you complete our Trip Advisor draw cards on check out.

Annual Irish Cycling holiday

Lady guests arrive in Youghal by bike from Cobh!

Forget about a car, the location of the nearest bus stop or train station – you can arrive at the Quality Hotel in Youghal by bike – that is, if you are as enthusiastic as sister’s Bridie O’Sullivan and Teresa Haggett!

Bridie hails from Cobh and Teresa lives in London and they have just fulfilled their annual dream, and had a mini holiday at the same time, by cycling from Cobh to the Quality Hotel in Youghal. They have been doing this, every year, since the hotel opened over 10 years ago.

Irish cycling holiday
Bridie O’Sullivan & Teresa Haggett

These two ladies are amazing; they visit the hotel every September by cycling from Cobh to Youghal. However, after checking into the Hotel, it’s not yet time to put the legs up as Bridie and Teresa then walk 4 km along the beach to Youghal – and 4 km back! This is followed by a lengthy swim of 10 lengths in the 20 metre pool – WOW! The ladies then forget about exercise for rest of that day and relax with a well deserved dinner, followed by a beverage in the bar later in the evening.

The following morning it’s all action again after the ladies arise. Following a full hearty breakfast, they then cycle the 30 miles back to Cobh!

 Inspirational Ladies – well done!

Teresa travels home from London every year to do this trip with her sister and they are both looking forward to their trip again next September – as the staff at the Quality Hotel also look forward to welcoming them.

Midterm Halloween Fun

Midterm Breaks and Halloween Fun at Quality Hotel in Youghal

Plans now in hand for some fantastic fun for the midterm break at Quality Hotel Youghal

self catering Hallowwen breaks

Kids Camp & Halloween Activities from 26th October  to the 3rd November 2013

Something for everyone! Our Kids Camp activities include soccer, arts & crafts,face painting, balloon animals, mini Olympics, swimming, games & much more…..

Kids clubs running all week! Daily Kids Camp : 11am -3.00 pm  and Evening Dolphin Club: 6.00pm -9.00pm

Special Halloween Dates to look out for
Sunday 27th October Halloween party from 6pm to 9pm (€8/Child)
Monday 28th October Halloween Disco from 9.30pm – 11.30pm (€5/Child)
Thursday 31st October Halloween kids Club @11am – 3pm (€10/child)
Activities include Costume making, Scary Games & a Witch hunt….
Later that night join us for the Mini Monster disco @6pm (ages 4–8)
and The Monster Ball @8.30pm (ages 8-12). Only €5/Child.
Meet our Scary witch, dress up in your best costume & dance the night away!
Thursday 31st October– Scary movie night Starts @10.30pm (strictly over 12 years old) only €3.50.

Cinema club only €3.50
Different movies on every night with Crisps and a drink included in the price!
7.30pm – 9.00pm   Suitable for Kids over the age of 4 years only – parents welcome to come also to enjoy the movie – however it is fully supervised !
9.00pm -11.00pm   Teenagers time! This is for over 12’s only

Also…..KIDS INTENSIVE SWIMMING LESSON– Make the most of your break & book an intensive swimming programme for the kids – 5 lessons lasting 30 minutes for only €50 a great way build water confidence and water safety.

Book you Mid term break now!

Please Contact the guys in the Leisure Centre, Club Vitae for more information & Kids Activity timetable. CALL: 024 93095

Packed Lunches are available at reception – please order during or after your breakfast. Cost €5 per child for a healthy Packed Lunch option.


Upper Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono Free Digital

Quality Hotel Youghal athletes take up the cycling challenge

Quality Hotel Youghal staff to the fore in the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford!

This past weekend saw two members of the staff at Quality Hotel Youghal competing in the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford. The event took place in on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th August.

If there is one way to keep fit, cycling is a sure bet – and one of the hardest disciplines too with some serious training required. Our chef, Robert Farrell, and Jerome Glavin, who works in the bar, both took up the challenge over the weekend and flew the flag for Quality Hotel Youghal. Well done to both and congratulations on a great race – we are all proud of you!

 Jerome Glavin and Quality Hotel Youghal chef,  Robert Farrell,
Quality Hotel Youghal staff members, Jerome Glavin and chef Robert Farrell,

Youghal Mackeral Festival 2013

Youghal Mackerel  Festival 2013

The wonderfully vigorous  mackerel  fish have been a very important part of
Youghal’s Heritage and way of life for hundreds of years. Its very unique
that they actually come into the town itself and right up to the quay walls
in the town centre.  Fishing for mackerel is a popular tourist attraction.
“In years gone they by were vital to the economy because everybody made a
little money from them” comments Kevin Murphy, a local fisherman. For locals
and regular visitors to Youghal, Mackerel fishing is an event where young
and old, spectators and fishermen, boats people and terraferma people alike
gather along the waterfront to land fresh and tasty mackerel. Memories of
the mackerel from times past include the fish jumping onto the quay at the
height of the season and as we go to press kids knee high in the water
scooping them up with their hands to land them on the smaller town centre

To celebrate the wonder that is Mackerel a voluntary group would like to
“reel” you in to join in a fun festival. The festival is in its 3rd year and
is going from strength to strength with lots of free events for all the
family. A big part of the programme is two days of local chefs preparing
mackerel dishes outdoors in the town centre and offering tastings for the
general public. Previous festivals saw the town centre filled with delicious
aromas as barbeques and open air fires cooked mackerel tickled by a
wonderful variety of spices and herbs. There will appealing fish dishes,
wonderfully garnished, to savour and recipes to take away.
Youghal Mackeral Festival
The festival, running from Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September,  will
be a fun-filled affair  with the delicious food trail, plenty of live music
and family entertainment , childrens amusements and a market of local foods.
Beginning Friday 30th August from 7.30 p.m, participating restaurants will
offer  the free mackerel starters and you can expect many specials on the
night.  Join the delicious Fish Trail at local restaurants where the fish
starters will be presented in mouth watering diplays.

Saturday 31st August at 2.30 p.m. the opening ceremony commences with Tim
Tim has been the travel and destination dining columnist as Man In A
Suitcase for the last three years. Previous to that he was a restaurant
reviewer. He written about dining and hospitality for many publications. Tim
was one of this year’s Hospitality Heroes at Ireland’s largest industry
conference where he was invited to debate restaurants trends with Dylan
McGrath. The Opening Ceremony will be followed by announcing the winners of
the ‘Name the Mackerel Competition’ for kids who are helping to pick a great
fun name for the Mackerel Mascot who will appear at the Mackerel Festival
each year.
Saturday and Sunday there will be some fishy goings on with the barbeques on
Market Square The barbeques will be fired up and the mackerel will be
flavourful and juicy. You can enjoy a range of sweet and savoury goodies
from the local food stalls in the square.
Delicious home baking, freshly baked bread and savouries, local honey,
home-made Ice-cream, hand picked salad leaves and tasty summer salads, hot
popcorn and lots of treats.

Family fun on both days includes Puppet Shows, Kiddies Amusements, balloon
making and face painting and a visit from Perkie Bear.  On Saturday, on the
water there will be the Aquatrek Sailing Competition and, for land lubbers,
the Volleyball Competition.  On Sunday kids can make creative pottery pieces
on the Potter’s Wheels and decorate each piece to take home. Great  music
throughout the weekend will include bands live on the town centre stage. The
committee have thought of everything and have secured alternative venues in
the event of poor weather. Looks like Youghal is the place to be this year.

Issued by:
Ruth VanceLee,
PRO, Youghal4All,

Well done Rob Heffernan!

Robert Heffernan wins gold in the Men’s World Championship 50 km race walk final in Moscow

What a  great world champion he is – well done Rob!

The staff at Quality Hotel in Youghal all send their congratulations on a tremendous win in Moscow this morning. Rob is a regular visitor to Quality Hotel in Youghal and everyone at Redbarn is absolutely delighted with this fantastic news.

Rob Wins
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Munster squad visit Quality Hotel, Youghal

The Munster Rugby squad visit Quality Hotel Youghal!

Sixty members of the Munster rugby squad spent some quality time in Youghal yesterday and today, staying overnight with us at the Quality Hotel on Redbarn Beach.

Munster team at quality hotel youghal

The visit was a part Munster Rugby’s  Team Building exercise  and the amazing Munster Race

The squad had a chance to relax at Quality Youghal. They stayed in several of our holiday homes. Staff and guests alike were all thrilled by the visit and the team were also delighted with their stay.

 Donncha O'Callaghan
A young Munster Fan with his hero posing with his hero Donncha O’Callaghan
Rob Penny, the Munster Coach , with Allen and Therese
Rob Penny, the Munster Coach , with Allen and Therese

The squad had a chance to use the facilities in the hotel and the Pool and Leisure Centre was a perfect spot for a relaxing swim and a bit of banter.

What actually was the Amazing Munster Race and what happened ! Well six groups of players were dropped off around Munster at different locations on Wednesday, they then had to  make their own way to Youghal – arriving last night.

Along the way the squad had to carry out a number of different tasks,  relying on the hospitality of local communities in return for some coaching tips, photographs and autographs.

Munster Squad training
Munster team training in Youghal

It was fantastic for us all to get the opportunity to meet the lads – and we would love to see them come back again soon!

Kids Camp

Kids Camp at the Quality Hotel, Youghal, Co Cork

Our  Kids Camp has something for everyone and is open to everyone too! Non-residents and non-members of Club Vitae at the Quality Hotel are all welcome to join the fun and great activities on offer.  Included in the line-up are swimming games, arts and crafts, tag rugby, soccer, hockey, mini Olympics and lots of great beach activities right outside the door on Redbarn’s Blue Flag Beach.

KIds Camp Fun at Quality Hotel in Youghal

Hugely popular with the kids on those rainy evenings is the Movie Cinema at Quality Hotel, with screenings every day for different age groups. The Kids Camp runs daily from 11 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. with an evening Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer holidays, as well as Midterm breaks, Easter and Christmas. Packed lunches are available and children must be 4 years and over to avail of the camp.  Pre-booking is necessary to guarantee spaces, and for families with smaller kids, a crèche is available. Call 024 93095 or visit

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