Excerpt taken from RTE documentary on John Huston, broadcast on July 2010, interviews with locals Ollie Casey and Jim Horgan on the making of Moby Dick in Youghal.
It was in 1954 that John Huston chose Youghal for the location of New Bedford for the movie “Moby Dick”. The making of this movie brought such stars as Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart and Leo Genn to Youghal. During the months and weeks of building and filming, Youghal was a hive of activity and excitement with people visiting from all over Ireland and England.
But it was in Paddy Linehan’s pub that John Huston would sit in the morning and plan out the days shooting schedule. It was then in tribute to this unique time in the history of Youghal that Paddy renamed his pub, MOBY DICK, the licensed premises in the town still bears the name of the movie.