The ancient walled seaport of Youghal Eo-chaill; pronounced yawl , at the mouth of the River Blackwater, has history coming out of its ears and really makes the most of it. The town was a hotbed of rebellion against the English in the 16th century, and Oliver Cromwell wintered here in as he sought to drum up support for his war in England and quell insurgence from the pesky Irish. Youghal was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh during the Elizabethan Plantation of Mun-ster, and he spent brief spells living here in his house, Myrtie Grove. Youghal has two Blue Flag beaches clean, safe beaches given the EU Blue Flag award , ideal for building sandcasties and swimming. Claycasde 2km and Front Strand 1km are both within walking distance of town, off the N Claycasde has wheelchair access and summer lifeguards.