Paudi White Vice Chair, Jimmy Flanagan , Gavin Pollard, Matthew Thompson Sculptor, Adrian Hyde Chairman, Sandra McLellan PRO, and Helen Heaphy Grainge.

The official launch of the Youghal4All’s fundraising efforts for the €35,000 commissioned sculpture to commemorate the filming of Moby Dick took place Saturday, 10 March at Barry’s Lane.
The upcoming fundraiser of Gina and the Champions, preceded by music with Dermot and Irene. The fundraiser will take place at the Walter Raleigh Hotel on Sunday 18 March with doors open from 8.30 pm, tickets can be purchased from the hotel itself or from Cree’s Bookshop. The tickets cost €25 and this will include finger food and the bar extension.
The winning design was submitted by Cloyne native, Matthew Thompson. Matthew has been sculpting for 20 years. He got the best introduction possible to the art form, his father being renowned sculptor, Ballycotton based, Ken Thompson. An example of a combined father/son project can be seen in the “Stations of the Cross” sculptures in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford.
Matthew plans to create the Moby Dick inspired piece from Kilkenny Limestone and estimates a 3-4 month turnaround from the first tap of the chisel to the finished work. He brought along a small, rendering in clay of what he plans to design. It depicts Captain Ahab standing at the bow of a boat, harpoon in hand and ready to face his demon white whale.
Exquisite examples of Matthew’s work can be viewed on his website They give a hint of what we can expect when the final piece is revealed.