Lo­ca­tion for Doyle statue deemed un­suit­able

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Plans to erect a statue in Cobh to its most fa­mous, or in­fa­mous, son have been parked ring­side af­ter coun­cil of­fi­cials sug­gested the lo­ca­tion cho­sen was ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate’.

The long-run­ning saga about erect­ing a sculp­ture to the ex-boxer, crooner and one­time Hol­ly­wood film star Jack Doyle went to “a cou­ple of rounds” when a re­port on its pro­posed lo­ca­tion came be­fore a county coun­cil meet­ing.

Cllr Diar­muid Ó Cadhla, who has been in Doyle’s cor­ner for some time, be­lieved he had de­liv­ered a knock-out blow when lo­cal of­fi­cials from the Cobh/Glan­mire mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict coun­cil ad­vised they were in favour of it be­ing lo­cated in the West Beach area.

Ob­jec­tions came in from a women’s group rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the lines that Doyle had used his box­ing skills in the kitchen and bed­room against sev­eral fe­males he was dat­ing and he shouldn’t be hon­oured in such a fash­ion.

An­other lo­cal group was op­posed as the se­lected area was pop­u­lated by other stat­ues and a fur­ther sculp­ture would rep­re­sent clut­ter.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Lucey called time on the bout when he quoted from two of his of­fi­cials. He said both the county’s ar­chi­tect and con­ser­va­tion officer had de­clared the area cho­sen wasn’t suit­able due to the num­ber of other stat­ues/mon­u­ments in close prox­im­ity and ac­cepted there would be “clut­ter­ing”.

A dis­ap­pointed Cllr Ó Cadhla noted the lo­ca­tion had been agreed by elected mem­bers and coun­cil en­gi­neers. He said other stat­ues and mon­u­ments erected had not been sub­ject to the same scru­tiny as the Jack Doyle pro­posal.

Mr Lucey pointed out the coun­cil was also pre­par­ing plans for a ma­jor upgrade of the pub­lic realm. As a re­sult, the pro­posal will have to go back to the draw­ing board and dis­cussed again at mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict level.

The pro­posed lo­ca­tion for a Jack Doyle seated sculp­ture (in white) in Cobh has been re­jected by County Hall ex­ec­u­tive staff.

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