Half-way there in Moby Dick sculpture fundraising drive
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.