An Irishman's attempt to bring a bit of home with him

3 and 4 Clifton are beautifully restored Victorian townhouses available for self-catering holidays in Irelands premier coastal resort. Both houses are appointed, furnished and decorated to the same exacting standards and each house can sleep up to eight guests (9 including a baby). The houses are usually booked individually but make a fantastic base if you want self-catering Ireland holiday home for a group of up to 16 guests. These are great holiday homes, overlooking the sea, a 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches and just a stroll from the historic resort town of Youghal in County Cork, on south coast of Ireland: what we call The Irish Riviera. 3 and 4 Clifton are available for self-catering Ireland holiday rental and you can Book Online on this website.

3 & 4 Clifton are listed (heritage) properties built to the highest standards more than 130 years ago, Clifton is simply the best address in Youghal. Situated an easy, short walk from Youghal town and its famous beaches. Clifton faces the promenade and lighthouse where everyone else strolls to enjoy the view and take photos. Read the Reviews and you'll see that our self catering guests rave about the sea views, particularly from the window seat in the main lounge of each house; where you can see the Atlantic ocean to the South, the hills and mountains of county Waterford to the East, the river Blackwater to the North and the beautiful river estuary right in front.

The river meets the sea directly in front of the houses, and you can while away the hours watching the ebb and flow of the tides, the fishing and leisure boats and the wildlife. Of particular delight is the chance to see pods of dolphins who visit Youghal Bay on bright sunny summer days, when the sea is calm, the tide is high and the mackerel shoals afford them a feast.

We hope that you find all of the information you need on this website, and don't forget you can check self catering availability, prices and book online too. If there are any other queries, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you here.


Martin and Elise Finn


In Bandon, Oregon, an Irishman's attempt to bring a bit of home with him ... - IrishCentral

A view of South Jetty Park in Bandon, Oregon Photo by: Visitor7/Creative Commons

Bandon (or Bandon-on-the-Sea) is a seacoast town located on the South Oregon Coast, 90 miles north of the California border and named after Bandon, Co. Cork.

 Oliver Plunkett Street, Bandon, West Cork. Photo Credit: Brian Abbot/Creative Commons

The area of Bandon was originally inhabited by the Coquille (Ko-quell Indian Tribe). The first settlers established the present site of the town in 1853 following the discovery of gold nearby in 1851. The town’s name was officially changed to Bandon (from Averill) in 1874.

Bandon was established by historian George Bennett in 1874, when he happened upon an area known as “The Ferry.” George Bennett was born in 1827 in Bandon, County Cork. A graduate of law in Trinity College, he traveled to the U.S. in May 1873 accompanied by his sons Joseph W. and and George A., and a friend named George Sealy. His wife and daughter remained in Cork never to join the rest of the family in Oregon.

A decorative streetlight in Bandon. Photo Credit: Oregon Historical County Records Guide/Creative Commons

Bennett was not the first Irishman to set foot in this area of Coos County. Henry Baldwin, also a Cork native and a friend of Bennett’s, was shipwrecked in the Coos Bay area in 1852.

Upon first reaching this small section of the Coos region, Bennett believed that the area held great prospects for economic development. The town is located where the Coquille River meets the Pacific Ocean. It was close to timber and the dense vegetation at the time meant that the area had rich agriculturally appropriate soil.

Bandon Rocks and Sky. Photo Credit: John Fowler/Creative Commons

With what he considered prime factors for a new town already in place, Bennett acquired Thompson Lowe’s donation land, as well as acquiring property to the north and south of this and on the beach. Bennett himself stated that it was only a matter of time before there was a thriving town in such a prime location.

In attempting to bring a taste of his hometown to the newly established Bandon, Bennett introduced the shrub Gorse (also known as Irish furze and Irish hedge), a move that would result in the near destruction of the town 63 years later. The ornamental shrub thrived in the same rich soil that caused Bennett to choose Bandon as a settlement area and soon came to displace native plants.

Gorse, however, could be described as a “phoenix plant,” a plant that likes to encourage fires through secreting oils so as to burn an area of land clean and grow back again as the predominant plant. On September 26, 1936, a small forest fire resulted in the deaths of 10 people and the destruction of all but 16 of Bandon’s 500 homes when a change in wind direction moved the fire in the direction of the gorse hedges which were by then, in places, four feet high. Although the majority of the town's 1,800 people reached safety, the fire destroyed the Bandon’s business district resulting in a loss at the time of $3 million.

Bandon succeeded in rebuilding itself to the quaint seaside town it is today, although there are now strict regulations on gorse. Bennett is still known as the person to introduce gorse to the U.S. eco-system.

Bandon maintains a twin city agreement with its Cork namesake, where the site house of Bennett’s birth can still be seen alongside the Irishtown Bridge. Both towns are located beside rivers and close to the ocean although Bandon, Cork, is the larger town with a population of 6,640 compared to 3,066 on Bandon, OR.

The harbor at Bandon, Oregon. Photo credit: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives/Creative Commons