Sunday 22 October 2017

Cork town campaigns for sculpture to mark 'Moby Dick' filming

Gregory Peck, as Captain Ahab during the shooting of 'Moby Dick', on location at Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Gregory Peck, as Captain Ahab during the shooting of 'Moby Dick', on location at Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Residents of Youghal are to meet with Cork Co Council officials in a last-ditch bid to persuade them to sanction a sculpture commemorating links to a famous Hollywood epic.

Youghal residents were "shocked and appalled" over the council's refusal to allow a whale-shaped bench to be installed in the town to commemorate the local filming of the Hollywood movie 'Moby Dick' in 1954.

The film, which starred Gregory Peck, ranked alongside 'The Quiet Man' and 'Ryan's Daughter' for its cinematic impact on Ireland. However, Youghal locals argued that the seaside town hasn't done enough to capitalise on its links to the famous film.

Youghal municipal area officer Joe McCarthy explained that the sculpture, which measures 1.5m by 8m, was not deemed to be in keeping with council development plans.

This was despite the fact there was no expense to the council, with the sculpture's entire €20,000 cost having been met through fundraising.

Locals will meet with council officials in a bid to agree a compromise.

Irish Independent

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