Location for Doyle statue deemed unsuitable
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.