Blue Flag Status for Redbarn Beach 2018

Blue Flag Status returns to Redbarn Beach

Redbarn Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag again this year, this is a fantastic start to the 2018 tourism season.

Redbarn Beach is unique in East Cork as the only beach with this accolade. The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most familiar eco-labels. At beaches, the bathing water must comply with the excellent standard in accordance with the 2006 EU Bathing Water Directive.

GM of the Quality Hotel at Redbarn, Allen McEnery noted, “The Cork County Council have done tremendous work over the past few years in maintaining consistent excellent bathing water quality. Their program of regularly clearing the beach of seaweed has been instrumental in achieving these pristine conditions – even with the dreadful storms and bad weather over the past year.  We would like to thank everyone who has helped to contribute to this success.”

Worldwide, the Blue Flag is awarded to approximately only 4000 beaches in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil and the Caribbean. Beaches and marinas that achieve this honour must comply with a specific set of criteria relating to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and beach management. The Blue Flag programme is funded in Ireland by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government.

Allen finished by saying, “Youghal is renowned for its seaside location and a favourite holiday venue for families because of its great beaches. The news that Ironman is heading to Youghal in June 2019 endorses the fact that the area has some of the finest beaches in Ireland. We are all looking forward to hosting the event with great excitement and seeing the 3.8 km Ironman swim on Claycastle Beach next year.”


This summer we have a line up of fantastic deals at Quality Hotel Youghal.
New this year will be Bouncy Castles every day for July and August and for weekends in June (weather permitting!). We will have happy Mickey Mouse mignons and all the cartoon characters  to entertain the kids too!
Call us today on 024 93050 or visit our special offers page 

Summer bargains at Quality Hotel Youghal


Great Deals this summer at Quality Hotel Youghal!


The Homebirds Music Festival

A brand-new festival and musical extravaganza is set to entertain both young and old and bring music to numerous locations in the fabulous seaside town of Youghal in County Cork on the 18th, 19th and 20th May 2018.

The inaugural Homebirds Music Festival, is a collaboration between Cork Arc Cancer Support House and Cry104fm (Community Radio Youghal). It will be a fundraising event for the two groups.

Over 40 eclectic musical acts will descend on Youghal and spread across 18 venues filling the town with music from one end to the other showcasing the
amazing talent of the region.

The stunning location of St Mary’s Collegiate Church will host 3 spectacular concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday including acts such as Don Mescall, Mike Hanrahan, Roy Buckley, Jack O’Rourke, Gina, Frank Ryan, Caroline Fraher and more.

The Homebirds Music Trail will see free music being played in every venue in the town over the 3-day festival. Beginning at the Quality Hotel on Redbarn’s fantastic Blue Flag Beach (Performers will play on the sun terrace overlooking the beach on Saturday and Sunday afternoon),  and taking in Farrell’s Summerfield Bar, The Marine, Clancy’s Bar and Restaurant,  The Walter Raleigh Hotel, Hennessy’s Bar, The Quays Bar and Restaurant, JD’s, Moby Dicks, The Central Star, The Anchor, The Old Imperial Hotel,  The Nook,  St Mary’s Collegiate Church, The Red Store Bar and Restaurant, Berties, The Point Bar and  Bru Na Si.

So far, the Confirmed acts for the FREE Music Trail include:
Bog The Donkey, August Walk, Myles Gaffney, Hell For Leather, The Vinyls, Full Circle, Stepping Stones, The Savage Yanks, The Moll Goggers, The Elation, Jack Colbert, Emily Aherne, Blackest Crows, Jamie Stanton, Hank Wydell, Geoff Gould, Southern Outlaws, Brendan McCarthy, Dr. Dec and The Side Effects, Ellie Budds, Bobby Lee, Mick Mangan, The Vespas, Youghal Pipe Band, Super Skunkz, The Gypsy Fish Band, The Imokilly Band, The Bounty and The Cider Wasps. Additional performers will be listed as soon as they are confirmed.

Whatever your taste in music there will be something to suit everyone over the weekend. Music will be played nonstop on a staggered timetable to ensure that visitors to the festival can stay in the town and adjoining venues to enjoy the atmosphere all day long.

All money raised from the festival will go to Cork Arc Cancer Support House and Cry104fm.

The Homebirds Music Festival, over 30 acts, across 18 venues, 1 weekend, 1 town.

For more information visit the website



Join our Gym

..and put a new spring in your step!

We are delighted to see how active all our members have been this past year.  Staying fit by frequent use of the gym and pool is just one of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Why join Club Vitae?

  • As part of our €20,000 equipment upgrade programme, brand new state-of-the-art “Dream Machine” training bikes will shortly be arriving.
  • We have the largest panel of swim instructors in region.
  • Our friendly and helpful staff, including 3 Personal Trainers will help you achieve your goals.
  • Our wide range of fitness classes ensure that there is something for everyone, with Pilates, Circuits, Kettle bells, Weights for women, Aqua Aerobics, Boot Camp, Teen Fit and NEW, this year, BLT (Bums,Legs and Tums – not the sandwich variety!)
  • Excellent opening hours to suit all and the only Fitness club that is 364 days a year.

This all adds up to a Healthier lifestyle for YOU!

We would like  to encourage you to join Club Vitae, we have put together special incentives and offering you a Free Personal Assessment, followed by a Free Fitness Program  and a Free Personal Training Session or Swimming Lesson.

We have several payment options to suit all budgets.  If you have any queries, please call Barry  at 024-93095

IC8 Dream Machines for the Quality Hotel Youghal

New investment for Club Vitae at the Quality Hotel in Youghal

Its proper name is the ‘Life Fitness IC8 Power Training Bike’, but to serious cyclists, triathletes and other extreme exercisers, it’s known as the ‘Dream Machine’. Two of these state-of-the art bikes are being installed in The Quality Hotel Youghal as part of a €20,000 upgrade of the Club Vitae health facility.

Owner/Manager Allen McEnery noted, “Serious cyclists do most of their training outdoors. However, adverse weather conditions at any time of year can create challenges for the workout routine. The IC8 facilitates moving some training inside and out of the elements, so your performance doesn’t have to suffer. These are really a serious exerciser’s dream machine. But you don’t have to be a triathlete to appreciate the unique features of these bikes. They are suitable for one and all.”

Club Vitae Manager, Barry Power, explains the special features of the IC8 Power Trainer. “This may sound a bit technical, but you can directly enter your functional threshold power (FTP) and the IC8 console will show you what training zone you are in. Your screen changes in colour depending on what training zone you’re in. This becomes an easy guide to keep you true to your training plan. If you don’t know your current FTP, you can choose between two testing protocols that are built into the console.”

Barry also noted, “The IC8 comes equipped with an oversized chain to allow you to generate up to 3800 watts of output. In addition, the 155mm Q Factor keeps you as close to your road bike positioning as you can get. Therefore, the transition from riding the IC8 to getting on your bike will be as efficient as possible.”

One of the most unique features the IC8 is ‘Polar View’ that allows you to see your left side/right side power output. By seeing what your left leg and right leg are generating, you can focus on your weakness, become more efficient in your pedal stroke output and ultimately see greater performance.

Allen added, “The Dream Machines are just some of the new items being added on an ongoing basis, including two Life Fitness Upright bikes. It is all part of our commitment to positioning Club Vitae as the finest facility in the region for our guests and our members to enjoy.”

Easter plans are well underway!

Great line-up of offers and activities for the Easter Holidays at Quality Hotel Youghal!

Between the 23rd March and the 8th April, we have a full calendar of events for your family to enjoy, with Kids Camp every day, egg hunts, disco’s, treasure hunts and our cinema club.

In addition to our special Easter Deals -with 3-night self-catering in holiday homes from €350 and apartments from €295, as well as a hotel Family  B&B from €99. We also have a 2-night St.Patrick’s Day B&B hotel deal from just €99 and a 2-night apartment sale in April from only €150!

The line-up of activities is truly awesome!

Contact us today to find out more on 024 93050 or book direct  HERE


Easter family breaks in Cork

No 4 in Top Hotels for Families in Ireland

Trip Advisor’s 2018 Travellers CHOICE  Awards

Quality Hotel Youghal has shot forward from number 8 to number 4 on Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Hotels for Families in Ireland. This is fantastic news for the Team at Redbarn.

“ It is very satisfying to see us move up the charts in the category “Family Breaks” as that is our market”. Noted GM, Allen McEnery. “To come in at number four in Ireland is a great result and a vote of confidence in the hotel, its staff and facilities. This result has inspired and motivated us and we hope to continue to deliver top quality family breaks to all our guests.” Alan added, “A huge thanks to our customers who have been so supportive in their reviews on Trip Advisor. I hope that will will continue to reach and hopefully exceed their expectations in 2018”.

See the line up of winners HERE

The hotel is opening for the February Midterm Break, and then will open for weekends only until St. Patrick’s Day, when it will open full time. Our Self-catering accommodation is available all year

Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice awards 2018

It’s time to join the Gym!

Great membership deals available

With the start of the New Year and resolutions to be filled, now is the time to consider a healthier lifestyle and join a gym. Here, at Club Vitae we pride ourselves on the relaxed and friendly seaside environment where we help people to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. Some people like to sweat it out in the gym and others like the comforts of the swimming pool.

Our January deal:
 6-Month membership for just €175
12-months from only €295

A gym can be a very intimidating place, full of testosterone fuelled people pumping iron! At Club Vitae we aim to take away the dreaded anxiety of walking into a gym and feeling that everyone is looking at you! There is no need to be anxious because our friendly staff are always at hand to assist you. When you join Club Vitae, our team will ensure that you are completely comfortable in everything you do, and make sure you get to where you want to be.

We have fully qualified personnel to suit all needs, from Personal Training sessions to a wide range of classes.  The choice is yours, whether you like group training and meeting new friends along the way, or going solo to achieve your specific goals. Various Personal Training packages are also on offer to get you going quickly and to help you with your exercises and your diet.
FUlly Equipped Gym in Youghal

The 20M swimming pool at Club Vitae overlooks Redbarn’s Blue Flag beach and is very popular for a relaxing swim. Members can avail of the pool at any time that suits them, excluding two hours per week when Aqua Aerobics classes are running. There are two designated swim lanes for more vigorous practice.

Over the last two years we have dedicated a lot of training and time to ensure that we give the best possible tuition when it comes to teaching the young, and not so young, how to swim. We have reduced the size of our swim groups to a maximum of six, so all the kids get quality time in the water. Our private swim lessons are also very popular, and we always make sure the kids get as much as possible out of each lesson.

There are plenty of options for those who just want to relax. The Mystique Spa has a wide range of beauty and holistic treatments to guarantee some super relaxation.  Additionally, there is always the Jacuzzi, steam room or sauna to totally unwind.

Club Vitae has two flood light pitches available for bookings to any team or group who fancy having a game of football or training for the season ahead. With our Kids Camp team, we also cater for children’s birthday parties. We are open 364 days a year and from 6.30am to 10pm weekdays and 7.30am to 9pm weekends.

Wishing you a healthy and happy new year from all the team at CLUB VITAE.

Your New Year’s Resolution – join our Gym!

Join Club Vitae today – we’re open 364 Days a Year!

With a vibrant membership, and a great range of facilities, including classes, swim lessons and 121 personal training sessions,  Club Vitae is an  ideal fitness centre to shape up for a  healthier lifestyle and well being.

Join today and avail of our great membership deal:
6 months for €175, or 13 months for the price of 12!

Our facilities include a 20 metre pool and kiddies pool, a fully equip gym and fitness studio, a sauna, Jacuzzi  & steam room as well as Le Spa Vitae Beauty Rooms and 2 all-weather pitches.

Redbarn BeachAll of this is situated overlooking the award winning Redbarn Blue Flag Beach!
Swim lessons for all ages

Our range of classes and lessons include Swimming Lessons for all ages and abilities, Kettle Bells, Boot Camp, Weights, Pilates, Aqua Aerobics, Circuits and Teen Fit.
Call us on 024 93095 for further information

On joining, you will get:

  • Free Fitness assessment
  • Free Fitness Program
  • Free 121 Personal Training Session or Swimming Lesson
  • Free re-assessment within 3 months of training to see the results!


BEst value fitness centre in Youghal

OMG it’s so quiet & peaceful!

But …Oh what a year!

If you didn’t know it, and called by the hotel this week, you may think  that aliens had whisked everyone away! But no, the hotel has closed until the February Midterm Break. The self-catering accommodation and Leisure Centre is up and running, but it’s very quiet at Redbarn, perfect for a relaxing self-catering break.

But… it’s been a very good season at the QHY, finishing up with a super Halloween Mid Term and record numbers for all activities. One of the highlights of the break was the Red Carpet Event (Some of our Red Carpet guests on the left).

If you visited us over the  past 10 months, we would love to see you another time. Maybe you would consider sharing your experience on Trip Advisor (Here)
or on Google (Here)

Mind you, the team are in need of a well-deserved break as they did a fab job for the 2017 season. Sadly, a few have moved to new pastures. Notably, Miro Jezovica. Miro has been with the hotel for many years and was hugely popular with both staff and guests. He has joined the team at the Montenotte Hotel in Cork City and we all wish him well. Nuno Galhano, from Vilamoura in the Algarve, takes on Miro’s role. Nuno has been in Ireland for a number of years and comes to the Quality Hotel after working in management roles in the Lismore Hotel & the Clonmel Park Hotel.

Things were certainly sizzling in the kitchen. Head Chef Kieran O’Shaugnessy did an amazing job of turning out a great selection of delicious foods – all locally sourced using the best and freshest products – check our video below:

Kieran plans a whole new menu selection for 2018. We can’t wait!

There were many highlights of the year and one of these was the re-reinstatement of our beach with the coveted Blue Flag Status. Redbarn Beach is the only beach in East Cork to receive this accolade. Looking at how it appeared on a mid November morning this week, you can see why (Our self-catering guests got to enjoy a a perfect beach day on Thursday!).

Kids Camp staff at QHYClub Vitae has also had a great year. They now have a record number of five swim teachers, Barry Power, Tom Ward, Erna Cunningham, Alison Curtin & Diane Scanlon.

The Kids Camp staff continue to keep our smaller guests entertained, and themselves too at times!

Management and staff were all delighted to hear this week that the hotel is a Gold Winner in the YourDaysOur 2017 Awards. This is in the Family Breaks category.
Read about it on our Blog too HERE

We said a sad ‘au revoir’ to our friendly receptionists, Sandra O’Connell and Grace Murphy, but also welcomed new members to the front desk team, Robyn Kirby and Adam Donovan. We also had a great team of students working over the summer months, under the watchful eye of Miro.

Here they are on a day trip to Cobh!



Looking to 2018, the management team plans for continued investment in upgrading the hotel and facilities, this will be ongoing.

Happy Winter everyone!