The Youghal Arts Network held their annual Halloween Fancy Dress fundraiser at the Marine Bar last Saturday night (October 27th 2012). The event was in aid of the local South Abbey National School. The fun began at 9pm and there was fantastic prizes for the best dressed. Donacha O’Cearuill from the Arts Network thanked everyone for supporting the fundraiser. Everyone dressed in Halloween themed costumes and danced the night away to Dirty Voodoo. A great Time Warp Time was had by all.
A SERIES of newly erected 7 metre ‘maritime themed’ banners on the main Cork to Youghal approach road have been widely welcomed by both locals and visitors to the seaside town. The banners are the latest in a series of marketing initiatives to be rolled out as Youghal continues its re-branding process.
Project managed by The Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group, the banners seek to create impact, and inject colour and vibrancy on the long approach road to the town. Speaking about the project, Town Clerk, Liam Ryan pointed towards the impact the banners set out to achieve. “Youghal Town Council is delighted to finally see the roll-out of these maritime themed banners on the main approach road from Cork into Youghal. Our aim is that Youghal should be recognized as a heritage town of national significance, which also fully exploits and maximizes its unique natural assets. Projects such as this only further enhance our town, and improve the public’s perception of the town.
The Town Clerk continued by commending the partnership approach which led to the roll out of the poles and banners. “This project would not have been possible without the funding, assistance and co-operation of a number of bodies including, Youghal Town Council, Youghal Tidy Towns Committee, South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD), and Cork County Council. In the current climate, this type of approach will only reap rewards for Youghal as the town continues to attract more domestic and overseas visitors” said Mr. Ryan.
The project consists of eight 7 metre cast iron double-sided poles with banners attached. The banners consist of heavy polyester material. Cork based graphic designers ‘Generate Studio’ were commissioned to develop designs taking the themes for which Youghal has become synonymous with as it’s starting point. Youghal’s unique heritage including it’s 13th century town walls, famous characters including Sir Walter Raleigh, it’s fresh seafood, and the miles of beach were the basis for the designs. Added to these themes were banners signifying two of Youghal’s most successful attractions, Perks Entertainment Centre and Aura Youghal Leisure Centre.
The maritime themed banners come at a time when Youghal was once again rewarded for it’s efforts in the mid-year results in the Irish Business Against Litter Award being rated among the top 18 towns in the country as being “cleaner than European norms’ in the detailed report on the town.
Similar signage and banners have previously been erected by Youghal Town Council on the main by-pass approach road to Youghal and adjacent to Youghal Town Council Offices in the town centre.
Michael Del Punta is the latest singing sensation to come out of Youghal. The talented 19 year old crooner wows the diners with his singing in the popular Capri Bay Italian restaurant in Youghal, where he works as a part time waiter. The diners have discovered that Michael is not only good at serving tables, he displays his fine talents singing his favourite songs by artists such as Sinatra, Crosby, Tony Bennett, etc., much to their delight and surprise.Report/Photo: Michael Hussey & Tony Irwin for YoughalOnline.com
The UCC student found he could not afford to bring his girlfriend to fancy restaurants so he decided to work as a part-time waiter in town. After meeting the proprietor of Capri Bay, Gerald Esposito, he immediately got the job and has been working there part-time for the past seven months. While working, Michael would often break out in song in the kitchen, when Gerald and his father Rocco asked him, with such a magnificent voice, to go out and sing to the customers. This has proved to be so popular that he has been affably called ‘the singing waiter’ by the customers and now Michael sings regularly to the packed restaurant. Now, customers come from far and wide to hear Michael serenade them at the tables as ‘the singing waiter’.
A recent Youtube videoclip of Michael singing in the restaurant, made by YoughalOnline.com, is rapidly climbing in the rankings of the entertainment section and is just one of many to be uploaded by YoughalOnline.com in the near future. Michael was also interviewed by Shane Supple on Youghal’s local radio station, C.R.Y.
His debut self-titled EP, recorded at Claycastle Studios in Youghal, has exceeded all expectations, so much so that he had to order a second pressing, such is the demand for the singing waiter. Michael says his goal one day is to sing at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, sell twenty five million albums and appear on the Late Late Show!
Michael and his family, who have been living in Youghal for the past seven years, originate from Verona, Italy. Since he was a young boy, when his older siblings were listening to the likes of Depeche Mode, Michael Jackson, Madonna or Kylie, Michael’s first contact with music was through his mother’s record collection consisting of works by Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. He has continued this love of that ‘big band’ genre ever since. He has trained his voice with the help of well-known music conductor, Mary Peadar-Daly where she taught him to study his breathing technique so much so that Michael and his mature voice have been likened to Michael Bublé, although his favourite artist of all time and greatest influence is undoubtedly Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.
After moving to Youghal from Italy and studying at the old Youghal CBS school (he was the last person to do the Italian Junior Certificate exam in that school), he completed his fifth and sixth year studies in Pobalscoil na Tríonóide and now currently studies Arts at UCC, Cork City.
Michael has proved to be so popular, he is asked to sing regularly by friends at parties and weddings and is growing in confidence all the time. Speaking exclusively to YoughalOnline.com, he said “I am amazed by the reaction of the Youtube video and would like to thank YoughalOnline.com and everyone involved for their support” and confidently added “the way I see it, you should be able to do whatever it takes to make it to the top.”
So on your next trip to Capri Bay Italian restaurant to hear the singing waiter, when ordering your “big-a pizza pie”, you’ll get “Amoré” than you bargained for!
For the latest updates on Michael Del Punta go to his fanpage on Facebook or click here to view his Youtube videos.