Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Youghal- Aherne's- Coastal Living





The Get Away by Viioletta
One of my favourite restaurants in Ireland is Aherne's, located in the Historic Walled port of Youghal (Old Town Walls, built in 12th century are still intact) is one of Ireland's Heritage Towns and is seeped in history.  Sir Walter Raleigh was Mayor of this town.  Myrtle Grove his home is worth visiting.

When Katie Fitzgibbon, owner of Aherne's asked if we would exhibit our paintings in their dining room we were thrilled to be associated with this fine establishment.

Coastal Living Series 19 is now at Aherne's.

Should your travels take you to Ireland, Aherne's is a must.  


My cottage garden by Mary Rose Holmes


 Ballycotton Glow by Violetta



Summer's Dream by Mary Rose Holmes


Over the Sea; Under the Sky by Helen Tilston

It Takes Time  by Helen Tilston

Ahernes

Open turf fires and warmest of  welcomes await you in this family run hotel in historic walled port of Youghal.  Rooms are comfortable and luxurious, decorated with antiques and original art work. Their famous seafood bar and restaurant specializes in the freshest of local seafood: lobster, crab, prawns, mussels and salmon.  The FitzGibbon family have been running Aherne's since 1923 and the present owners, third generation, David and John and their wives Katie and Gaye are always on hand to extend a welcome and offer personal advice.
Aherne's is the perfect base for touring the South East, Waterford Crystal, Jameson Whiskey, Ballycotton, Ardmore, Lismore and Cork City are all in close proximity.

Aherne's is one of the exclusive properties featured in the prestigious "Ireland'sBlue Book"
Oysters and Guinness @ Aherne's
Open turf fires and the warmest of welcomes await you in this family run hotel in the Historic walled port o 


Youghal harbour



Cozy Fire @ Aherne's


Thank you for your kind words of condolence and prayers on my previous post.  They were greatly appreciated.  Thank you my friends.

60 comments:

  1. Wow! Sounds great, Helen! Beautiful paintings!

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  2. Hello Satu,
    Thank you or your compliments. Hope you visit Youghal one day.
    Helen xx

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    1. Hello Maywyn,
      Thank you for visiting and for your kind compliments.
      Helen xx

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  4. Oh, to visit these glorious shores one day. I dream of mine since I was a wee child when family tales were told around the table at 1236 Milwaukee Street in Denver. Others have visited and shared the glory of the island. I, too, will visit! God willing!

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    1. Hello Cathy,
      I sincerely hope your wish to come to Ireland happens. Let me know and we shall meet. It is a good time to visit as the US dollar is in a strong position.
      Helen xx

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  5. Hello Helen! Your oysters look amazing

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    1. They are delicious oysters. These particular ones hail from Galway on the west coast of Ireland.
      Thanks for stopping by
      Helen xx

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  6. Youghal sounds like a place I'd love to visit, Helen, and now I know of Aherne's hotel, it will go on my wish list. To see your beautiful paintings also, would be quite wonderful. We go to Ireland next year for our son's wedding, so fingers crossed, my wish could come true! xx

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    1. Hello Patricia,
      I am sure you will love Youghal and Aherne's. it is a spectacular town and we are still discovering new areas and people. Should your plans be anywhere near Youghal when you visit, please let me know and let's meet.
      Helen xx

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  7. Goodness, Helen, I never knew about the Sir Walter Raleigh connection. The paintings are beautiful, vivid and welcoming, no doubt a lovely enhancement to an already welcoming place.

    And thank you for your kind invitation; it would be a joy to have tea with you when in Cork again!

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    1. Hello Mise
      Youghal is a long established town and has history which we are discovering weekly. An industrial town which has now changed and there is beginning to be a focus on tourism. It is a spectacular town but one must go high about the town and walk to see the views. I hope to give you a tour some day soon.
      Helen xx

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  8. Dear Helen - sorry about your brother ... but his poetry and those memories of home you have ... with thoughts as you come to terms with his 'Gone too Soon'.

    Aherne's looks amazing, as too Youghal - and thanks you've told me a bit more ... I still can't remember the other contact I have for Youghal. Oysters would be delicious for lunch ...

    Your art and the other paintings evoke that richness of life and colours ... love the one of the 'Over Sea; Under the Sky' - it looks almost like the early Newlyn and St Ives school of artists ... and I'm sure others in coastal settings.

    Cheers and have a peaceful time as you adjust ... Hilary

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    1. Hello Hilary
      Thank you for stopping by and your very kind words of consolation are much appreciated.
      Yes Aherne's exudes charm and welcome. The food is superb and in particular the oysters and seafood chowder.

      Thank you for the sincere comliment on "Over Sea;Under the sky" I do agree that the coast here resembles Cornwall with tides to be observed.

      I will be over to visit you shortly
      Helenxx

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  9. Dear Helen - As I read your post the tune Galway Bay played along in my head - "If you ever go across the sea to Ireland" at the end how I wished I was. Youghal, and Aherne's look very inviting. You are such a talented group of painters - I am sure that your exhibition will be enjoyed and a great success.

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    1. Hello Rosemary,
      I would love to hear you sing Galway Bay. I wonder if we can ever expect this from google and our blogging world.
      Thanks for your words of encouragement and kind good wishes.

      I will be visiting you shortly. We have been travelling
      Helen xx

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  10. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.

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  11. It all looks amazing. What a way to spend the summer. How I'd love to be there.

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    1. Hello Donna,
      Thanks for your visit and I hope your climate has cooled somewhat from when I last visited your blog.
      Fond wishes for a great week
      Helen x

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  12. Beautiful paintings - gorgeous strong colours. Just what I need to bring warmth and colour into my house this wet July day. Aherne's is now in my favourites for the promised trip to Ireland one day soon. The home of my ancestors too.

    So sorry to read of the sad loss of your beloved brother. There are no words but he will always be in your heart.

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    1. Hello Marianne,
      I hope the weather has improved since you last wrote. I thank you for your very kind compliment on our paintings. I hope you visit Ireland one day and please drop a line and I will be happy to steer you to some unusual, off the beating track, sites.
      Fond wishes and thank you for your words of condolence.
      Helen xx

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  13. Oh Helen your posts are always so inviting that I feel like we've just had a visit together over tea and you've shared some photos with me. Loved this post in particular and hope that time continues to heal your loss. xxxJackie

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    1. Hello Jackie and Joel,
      What a lovely thought it is that we could have a cup of tea and a brief visit.
      Your kind words of condolence are much appreciated.
      Fond wishes for a delightful week
      Helenx

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  14. Beautiful paintings, Helen! Congrats to you, Mary Rose and Violetta!! I'm putting Aherne's on my list. Cheers, L

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    1. Hello Loi,
      Your good wishes and compliments are much appreciated. I shall share your kind words with both Mary Rose and Violetta.
      You must tell me when you are coming to Ireland and I will lay the red carpet by Aherne's door for your arrival.
      Helen xx

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  15. Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your weblog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing on your feed and I am hoping you write again very soon!

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  16. Helen I've only just caught up with your words and send my thoughts and care to you. Your brother's poems are lovely and how handsome he looks in the photograph. How full your heart must be of Ireland...beautiful Ireland. My ancestors originate from there and I felt such a sense of belonging when I visited many years ago now. It is just so magically beautiful and everyone so friendly, I was astonished at how literally everyone took you to their hearts and included you like you were one of the family. I wish I could visit again it would be wonderful. But at least I can visit here and see your lovely vibrant paintings and hear your stories to remind me!
    Hugs Helen,
    Jane

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    1. Hello Jane,
      Thank you for taking the time to read my posts. My handsome brother was very special and we are missing him very much.
      How interesting that you ancestors came from Ireland. I hope one day you will return and pay a visit. I will happily help to steer you in whatever your interest might be.
      Your visit here has meant very much to me Jane and I wish you a week full of joy

      Helen xx

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  17. I would love to visit there one day. The paintings are all so fresh and charming, and what fun to be part of such a historic place.

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    1. Hello Jen
      Heres hoping you will visit Ireland one day soon. It would be wonderful to meet you. We are discovering new sites and history each day.
      Fond wishes for a great week
      Helen xx

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  18. Dear Helen,
    How lovely and exciting to have your paintings hanging in such a wonderful place. ….. and, so nice for the visitors too.
    Hope that you are enjoying the Summer and are working on some new pieces. Lots of love. XXXX

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    1. Hello Jacqueline,
      It has been a very good summer and lots of visitors and adventures too.
      We are happy to be affiliated with Aherne's in Youghal. It is a very fine established venue.
      Hope your week is extra special
      Helen xx

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  19. It sounds lovely and it would be such a pleasure to see the pictures too. I will remember it if and when I get to Youghal.

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    1. Hello Jenny,
      I hope you are having a joyful summer. I would be delighted to hear when you plan on visiting Ireland. I will take you for a drink to Aherne's

      Helen xx

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  20. Beautiful Helen. Your work is lovely! The restaurant is also beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words for both Aherne's and our paintings.
      Fond wishes for a spectacular week
      Helen xx

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  21. Dear Helen,

    Why is it that simply viewing the pretty paintings depicting coastal bliss and calm, by your Plein Aire Cottage Artist partners and you, seems like I've already had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Youghal, swimming in its choppy sea, and strolling along its sandy shores? And what better way to get cozy right after, but to nestle into a cozy nook at Aherne's for delicious seafood fare!

    Thanks for this gorgeous, Irish getaway, very much needed on this extremely hot and humid Toronto day!

    xx
    Poppy

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    1. Hello Poppy,
      How lovely to hear from you during your busy time in Toronto.
      I sincerely hope that one day you will visit Youghal and swim in the choppy sea and later meander to Aherne's. I will be there waiting to welcome you and have the most handsome lifeguard on duty and the most elegant waiter at Aherne's to wait upon you.

      I hope the weather is a little cooler in To.

      Fond wishes and thanks for your kindness
      Helen xx

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  22. Your work is beautiful - and I love the idea of all of this hanging in such a pretty spot. I am also so sorry you lost your younger brother. All my sympathies.

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    1. Thank you Lisa.
      We are loving being at Aherne's. The establishment and staff are all extremely professional and also fun to work with. A wonderful combination.
      Fond wishes for a great week
      Helen x

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  23. Dear Helen, this sounds a lovely place for an exhibition and I just love your painting, Over the sea, Under the sky. Wish I could get there but seems I'll just have to enjoy it through you, and that's pretty good xx

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    1. Hello Jane,
      Your visit and kind words have brought me great joy today.
      My painting Over the Sea; Under the Sky is a tribute to my late mother.
      Wishing you a great week
      Helenxx

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  24. Dear Helen,

    Why is it that simply viewing the pretty paintings depicting coastal bliss and calm, by your Plein Aire Cottage Artist partners and you, seems like I've already had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Youghal, swimming in its choppy sea, and strolling along its sandy shores? And what better way to get cozy right after, but to nestle into a cozy nook at Aherne's for delicious seafood fare!

    Thanks for this gorgeous, Irish getaway, very much needed on this extremely hot and humid Toronto day!

    xx
    Poppy
    P.S. I wrote this comment a few days ago, and because you have comment moderation on, I saved it just in case it didn't make it! I'm glad I did, and hope that you see it this time!:))

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  25. Hello Poppy,

    How kind of you to ensure that your message reached me. I have been travelling and just returned last evening. I decided to not take my computer with me and apologize for the delay in responding to you.
    Fond wishes for a week full of joy and cooler temperatures in Toronto.
    Helenx

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  26. GOod morning Helen! Thank you so much for coming to visit my post. Yes, isn't Vicki just marvelous?

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    1. Hello my friend thank you for the visit and wishing you the joys of September
      xx

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  27. Dear Helen thank you for sharing your beautifully created works of art! You have inspired me to visit Youghal one day soon!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Hello Karena,
      What a lovely thought that you might visit Youghal one day. I will be happy to show you my favourite corners and bi ways

      Helen xx

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  28. Congratulation on the exhibition Helen. I hope it all goes extremely well for you. Aherne,s sounds like a wonderful place to stay too. Many thanks for your visit and lovely comments, you are so right I have a lot to be grateful for. Much love to you, Linda xx

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    1. Hello Linda, Lovely to see you smiling face here. We are getting a wonderful response to our artwork from the people here in this southern tip of Ireland. Wishing you a joyful week

      Helen xx

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  29. Dearest Helen, I'm so late here but always in awe of your beautiful paintings. Ireland must be a wonderful place to visit, I love your country from all the images I have seen and the tales I have heard.Youghal must be one of those inviting and inspiring places.
    Wishing you a great September and thanking you for all your kind comments
    Olympia

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    1. Dear Olympia,
      You are never late and it is always a joy to see your smiling face and hear your beautiful words of kindness, wisdom and encouragement.
      You are right about Youghal being inspiring I know you would love it here. The light is fabulous and scenery breathtaking, particularly when one is high above the town. Fond wishing for a great September in Greece. Helen xx

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    1. Thank you for this kind wish. Wishing you all that is good.

      Helen xx

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  31. Hello Helen, so pleased that your exhibition went well. Just popped in to let you know I was thinking about you. Hope life is being kind. All my love, Linda xx

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  32. How are you doing Helen? It seems a while since you posted and I hope you're having fun!

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  33. Your paintings are lovely and exciting! Thank you for sharing your wonderful works of art!

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  34. Dear Helen, It's me the eccentric booklady in another guise. I am so pleased to be reading your posts and catching up. With all best wishes, Jane xx

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  35. Dear Helen yoyr painting is lovely. I have been to ireland 3 time, family there. We are on the west coast. yvonne

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  36. I love your warm summer atmosphere. It shows how beautiful life is

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