Half-way there in Moby Dick sculp­ture fundrais­ing drive

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

Com­mu­nity group Youghal 4 All has reached half­way in its bid to raise €30,000 for a com­mem­o­ra­tive sculp­ture cel­e­brat­ing Youghal’s link with

The open­ing scenes of the John Hus­ton epic were filmed in the town in 1954.

Chair­man, Adrian Hyde, told a pub­lic meet­ing that it is hoped to reach the tar­get by the end of the year.

The Kilkenny mar­ble sculp­ture will fea­ture a life-size Cap­tain Ahab and has been com­mis­sioned to Cloyne — based sculp­tor Matthew Thomp­son.

Mr Hyde reaf­firmed the group’s be­lief that the sculp­ture will res­onate with tourists, par­tic­u­larly Amer­i­cans. He said the na­ture of so­cial me­dia meant photos would cir­cu­late glob­ally and in­stan­ta­neously, help­ing to form “in­stant name recog­ni­tion” be­tween the town and the le­gendary whale.

Mr Hyde also ap­pealed for more vol­un­teers to help the group through its an­nual pro­gramme.

Formed in 2011, Youghal 4 All organises and Hal­loween fes­ti­vals, along with the St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade and a ‘re­verse-Santa’ project in as­so­ci­a­tion with the St Vin­cent de Paul. Mr Hyde said the an­nual mack­erel fes­ti­val will now be sub­sumed into the event on the June bank hol­i­day.

The meet­ing heard that the com­bined fes­ti­val costs for 2017 were €19,000 and made a small profit at year’s end.

The chair­man noted that when the group formed, there was “an air of doom and gloom” about Youghal that has since been re­placed with grow­ing op­ti­mism. This comes in tan­dem with an on­go­ing re­vival that in­cludes an im­mi­nent board­walk ex­ten­sion, new pon­toon and moor­ing berths and the Clock Gate restora­tion.

Charleville and District Vet­eran, Vin­tag and Clas­sic Mo­tors Club, with mem­bers from the sur­round­ing ar­eas of Co Cork and Co Lim­er­ick.

Ac­tor Gregory Peck on the set of the film ‘Moby Dick’ at Youghal, in 1954.

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