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Youghal St John Priory 2007 08 04

Preserved front of the priory including the 14th-century doorway

Youghal Priory is a twelfth century Benedictine Priory situated in the centre of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.


Small portions of the building still survive, which include a Gothic moulded door, ornamental spandrels and a gable-end with period window. The archway beyond the door leads to a passage of the original structure.


St. John's Benedictine Priory in Youghal was founded on the Main Street in 1185[1] as a minor house to the St. John the Evangelist Benedictine priory in Waterford. Oliver Cromwell made his headquarters here during the winter of 1649 and he inspected his troops every morning from the Priory.


  1. See Gwynn & Hadcock, p. 108
  • Samuel Lewis: Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837.
  • Aubrey Gwynn and R. Neville Hadcock: Medieval Religious Houses Ireland. Longman, London 1970, p. 108.

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