The seaside town of Youghal, Co.Cork, was first served by rail when the Cork & Youghal railway opened their line from Cork City to Cobh and Youghal in May 1860. The Great Southern & Western Railway took over running of the C&YR in 1868. Regular passenger services on the Youghal line ceased in February 1963, but the line remained open for Sunday excursion and goods traffic until the late 1970s. The last train from Youghal to Cork was a Knock pilgrimage special in 1987. In 2009, the section from Midleton to Cobh Jct was reopened for commuter services into Cork, but remaining section of the line east to Youghal remains derelict.
Youghal Station boasts a large brick built station building, which features several neat brick arch windows and doorways. Metal fencing has been placed around the building for protection. At the west end of the station is the boarded up GSWR signal cabin, which retains its lever frame. The large goods shed at Youghal Station has been demolished, and the turntable at the east end of the station is heavily overgrown but still in situ. The trackwork at the forlorn looking station remains intact, but some sections west of the town at Bog Rd level crossing have been lifted.