Youghal grans battle for ‘most glamorous’ title

Grandmothers will battle this weekend for the title of most glamorous in Youghal, Co Cork.

The contest is part of Youghal’s annual Mackerel Festival. Over three nights, starting tonight, the grandmothers will sing, recite a poem, or display their hidden talents, but while “personality counts, the emphasis is unashamedly on glamour”, says MC, Jim Flanagan, chairman of Youghal 4 All festival group. The winner will receive €250.

However, silver-streaked creatures of the marine will dominate the weekend. In a town more traditionally associated with the great whale, Moby Dick, the appetising aroma of mackerel — grilled, marinated, cooked, boiled, barbecued, baked, spiced, and reinvented — will permeate the town centre, with free samples to be enjoyed. A wide variety of music and family entertainment will also take place.


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