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Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Youghal College. The building stands behind a turreted wall, with gardens to the left and mountains in the background. A group of people, represented on a fragment of paper pasted on the drawing, occupy the centre foreground. On the right, a simple compass rose indicates south and north. Some letters from a previous use of the paper show through on the walls of the college. The image, which has suffered damage, is surrounded by a circular border.
The building currently occupying this site, close to St Mary’s Collegiate Church, bears little resemblance to that seen by Dineley. The original college was founded in 1464 by the Earl of Desmond, but was rebuilt c. 1605 by Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, as his private residence. In 1641-42 he ‘added two large flanking towers to the house, built five circular turrets around the park, and cast up a platform of earth, on which he placed ordnance to command the town and harbour' (Hayman, 1896, p.19). It was again largely rebuilt c. 1782, and a Gothic wing was added in 1860.
Archaeological survey of Ireland, at, record no. CO067-029006-. Accessed 31.12.2017.
Samuel Hayman, The Handbook for Youghal (Youghal: 1896).

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – The Colledge

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Wash drawings
Subject(s) Architecture, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • College Gardens, Youghal - Named locality
  • Youghal - Town or city
  • Cork - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Buildings, Dance, Gardens & parks, Mountains, People, Towers, Trees, Universities & colleges, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 9.5 cm x 9.5 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 219
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Is a Seaport Town in the County of Cork scituate at the Foot of high rocky mountains upon the mouth of the River called the Blackwater which parts this Town and the county of Waterford, whereto they ferry over, at a place called Ferry poynt. hither also come those of the county of Waterford with their Provisions to Yoghall Market. Hence they very easily putt to sea between Capell Island and Ring poynt, a very small matter of tideing, (if any,) serves turne, according to my lowest sketch of this Town over this leafe
[p.218] The Harbour is very sure and safe, The chiefest trader and richest Merchant of the Town is one Mr. Laundy, who erected an addition Wharfe and hath built and contributed much to the decoration of the Town by fair houses thereon towards ye black water.
[image: ‘Youghalls Exchange & Key’]
[image: ‘Yoghall’]
[p.219] The Inhabitants are civil renowned for Trade and Navigation not onely with England but Holland Hamborough the Indies &c.
YOGHAL or Youghall took its Name from the Vulgar Ô-Kyle which signifies of the Wood, it Original foundacon [tilde on con] being where
[image: ‘The Colledge’]
was a thick wood as I was informed by a very reverend Divine Raymund Bourgh als [tilde on als] Bourk of the University of Dublin also of a very considerable family of this Kingdome
[image: ‘The Iron Gate of Youghall’]
whereof are severall Nobles of that name and minister of the Protestant auditory of this place
[p.220] The founder hereof I could not trace out, but they own the enjoying some priviledges (upon a signal victory obteined) to the conduct valour & success of one Tho. Paris, born in this Town and whose ancient monument is seen in
[image: ‘St Mary’s Church in Youghall’]
St Mary’s Church here, with a dove in his hand which was sayd to be sent as a miracle to notifie to the King that he was the principall Instrument by whom the Conquest was made and who afterwards desired no reward but Priviledges to this Town, which were granted.
[image: ‘The Prospect of Youghall from Cork road’] […]
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