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New sculpture of Captain Ahab on Youghal's Waterfront - New sculpture of Captain Ahab on Youghal's Waterfront

Artist Matthew Thompson’s 3.5 ton ‘Captain Ahab’,  made from Kilkenny limestone, was installed at the quayside walkway in Youghal on Saturday 1st August 2020.

The new sculpture is sure to attract the admiration from locals and tourists alike and compliment the new limestone walkway and views of the river. Already people want to have their photograph taken beside one of the world's most famous and well known sea captains.

The sculpture represents Captain Ahab, the fictional character and one of the main protagonists in Herman Melville's Moby Dick book. He was the monomaniacal captain of the whaling ship Pequod. On a previous voyage, the white whale Moby Dick bit off Ahab's leg, and he now wears a prosthetic leg made out of whalebone. The whaling voyage of the Pequod ends up as a hunt for revenge on the whale, as Ahab forces the crew members to support his fanatical mission. When Moby Dick is finally sighted, Ahab's hatred robs him of all caution, and the whale drags Ahab to the bottom of the sea.

The film 'Moby Dick' was partly filmed at the quayside in Youghal back in 1954 by the American legendary film director, John Huston, and a whole host of Hollywood stars like Gregory Peck and Richard Basehart. John Houston chose the waterfront at Youghal to stand in for the whaling port of New Bedford, USA.

New sculpture of Captain Ahab on Youghal's Waterfront

New sculpture of Captain Ahab on Youghal's Wa...

Mikey O'Regan talks about the matchstick model of the Youghal Clock Gate Tower made by Paddy O'Sullivan (Blacksmith) of Tallow Street. The replica is made of an incredible thirty-one thousand matches. Paddy also made a replica model of Our Lady of Lourdes Strand church, Youghal, with over 50,000 matches.

Making models out of used matchsticks was a popular hobby years ago and is still popular today. You can even buy kits which include everything you need to make the matchstick model. If you love collecting things, model making is definitely the hobby for you.

Mikey O'Regan talks about the matchstick mode...

New statue of Our Lady unveiled at Sarsfield Terrace, Youghal. - New statue of Our Lady unveiled at Sarsfield Terrace, Youghal.

Billy Drake recited The Hail Mary prayer with the residents at the new statue of Our Lady at Sarsfield Terrace, Youghal, on Saturday, 25th July, 2020.

To a backdrop of applause, cheers, and prayers, the new statue of Our Lady was raised with a hoist on Saturday, 25th July, 2020 and carefully placed on the new plinth at the shrine in Sarsfield Terrace, Youghal.

The statue of Our Lady is an important focal point in the area ever since the original shrine was built back in 1989. Although the statue and the lawn was well kept and maintained over the years by the late Annie Lawton, residents, and council workers, evidence of corrosion at the base was spotted during painting and cleaning a year ago and was deemed beyond restoration.

The new statue was acquired from the nearby Bayview Community House ( the former convent attached to the Cottage Hospital) and thanks to Susan Wall, Acting Director of Services, HSE South for her assistance. Thanks also to the local council for supplying all the building materials, the local clergy, and to Noel Browne Paving Centre for doing a fantastic job hoisting the statue with his lorry mounted crane on to the new plinth. The concrete paths leading to the monument were laid by the residents from the terrace and Raheen Park. The statue also got a new make-over and was meticulously repainted in the traditional blue colours of Mary.

Well done to the people of Sarsfield Tce and Raheen Park and surrounding area for publicly displaying your deep rooted faith, heritage, tradition and culture. Our Lady is now back in her place for the faithful to say a prayer or bless themselves as is the tradition when passing a religious site.

New statue of Our Lady unveiled at Sarsfield Terrace, Youghal.

New statue of Our Lady unveiled at Sarsfield Terra...

Youghal street scenes from circa 1960s. - Youghal street scenes from circa 1960s. In the clip you can see a very busy North Main Street with the two way traffic system that was in operation back then. The coach belonged to Paddy Lawlor who had a garage in the upper strand (opposite the church near the greyhound track) Paddy provided a service to the Redbarn dancehall or religious pilgiminages to Mount Melleray near Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Would the two way traffic system work again now that the bypass motorway is taken the heavy traffic?

Youghal street scenes from circa 1960s.

Youghal street scenes from circa 1960s. In the cli...

St Mary's Collegiate Church Youghal - Parable of the Lost Coin - Stained Glass Window - Youghal - Co. Cork.

This wonderful piece of stained glass on the south facing window of St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal, depicts the parable of the lost coin. It is one of the many beautiful stained glass works of art to be seen in the medieval church.

The stained glass windows depicted elaborate bible scenes, which allowed the church to communicate bible stories and Christian beliefs to people. Essentially, the windows brought the bible stories to life.

The windows demonstrate a mastery over figure drawing and stained glass painting. The artists had developed ways of achieving every possible textural effect through the expert application of ground-glass paint and yellow-stain.

In this clip you can see the close-up detail of the stained glass that tells the story of the Parable of the Lost Coin. An extraordinary piece of work.

More Here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Lost_Coin

St Mary's Collegiate Church Youghal - Parable...

Fishing boats departing Buttimer's Quay - Youghal 1960s - Fishing boats departing Buttimer's Quay (Harvey's Quay), Youghal, Co. Cork, back in the 1950/60s - well before Ireland joined the EEC (EU). The rest is history - like the salmon fishing industry.
In the background can be seen: Watson stained glass factory, Green's Quay, Store Street, Allan's Quay and was filmed from Custom House Quay by local amateur filmmaker Bobby Chapple.

Fishing boats departing Buttimer's Quay - Youghal 1960s

Fishing boats departing Buttimer's Quay (Harv...

Gymnastic Team in Youghal back in the 1960s - Did you know Youghal once had a great Gymnastic Team back in the 1950/60's. Take a look at the physical strength, flexibility, coordination and balance of these athletes. This performance was more than likely taken place in Green Park and filmed by local amateur filmmaker Bobby Chapple.
It is good to know that gymnastics is now one of the most in demand sports in Ireland and club membership has been soaring.

Gymnastic Team in Youghal back in the 1960s

Did you know Youghal once had a great Gymnastic Te...

Bazaar at The Presentation Convent - Youghal - Date 1960's - Bazaar at The Presentation Convent - Youghal - Date circa 1960's - The bazaar was a fun-filled, colourful family day out, featuring food and gift stalls, bric-a-brac, clothes, knick-knacks, and dancers in national costume. By the look of this clip everyone was having great fun and the place was chock-a-block. You don't see this anymore, more's the pity.

Bazaar at The Presentation Convent - Youghal - Date 1960's

Bazaar at The Presentation Convent - Youghal - Dat...

Archive short clip filmed by Bobby Chapple ( Radio and TV  shop where The Priory is on North Main Street) showing the collapse of a building at the corner of Nile Street and North Main Street, Youghal in the late 1960s. The building that collapsed is where Cal Flavins's hardware store is located now.

Archive short clip filmed by Bobby Chapple ( Radio...

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