Reach Back to the Past

Reconnect with the Present

“The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.”

– Felix Adler

The past is never just what we leave behind. It is also what we bring into the future. It is dynamic and evolving – living on in our rituals and collective memory. This is the spirit of St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Youghal – a much loved church, a timeless sanctuary and a living community hub.

A place where past meets present.

With its roots in the early Christian era of 13th century Ireland, St Mary’s Collegiate Church is one of the oldest churches in County Cork and one of the most beautiful and important medieval buildings in Ireland. Renowned for its magnificent architecture, its 14th century oak roof structure, its fascinating plaques and effigies, it brings the past tangibly to life.

What to expect……

A personally guided tour with experienced and knowledgeable guides.


The ‘Voices of St Mary’s’ immersive visitor experience.


Celebrating Today’s Stories

‘Voices of St Mary’s’

Voices of St Mary’s’ is a celebration of the people who have worshipped, sung, mourned and celebrated happy times in this magnificent church.

We’ve harnessed new media, technology, theatre and storytelling to bring these voices to life.

Enjoy this calm, tranquil, sacred space and be enthralled by…

  • state-of-the-art, multi-touch interactive displays, animated illustrations, photos and graphics that recount the church’s evolution and challenges across many centuries.
  • a journey through time in the company of the Roe family as they share stories about the history of the church and cherished family memories.                                                                     
  • an introduction to famous congregation members including Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Richard Boyle and Oliver Cromwell along with a host of local families connected with the church and their unique importance to Youghal.