Work Begins on Youghal Moby Dick Sculpture

By Claire O’Donoghue

Centre Matthew Thompson pictured with members of Youghal4All Committee and Helen Mulcahy (Youghal Town Council)..

On Thursday, 21 February, Youghal4All committee members and Helen Mulcahy from the Town Hall, met with Matthew Thompson, the Cloyne based Sculptor charged with creating the commissioned Moby Dick sculpture for Youghal’s Barry’s Lane area. Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Matthew said, “I’ve already taken delivery of the 2.5 ton block of Kilkenny Limestone from which I will be creating the sculpture. It’s from the McKeon Quarry in Threecastles, Kilkenny. They have been quarrying limestone since the 1950s. It is a great quality, solid stone. Right now, I’m taking measurements from a to-scale model and transferring them to the block of limestone and, from there, I’ll begin carving. The Moby Dick piece should be finished and in situ in the next couple of months.”

Helen Heaphy Grainge, Youghal4All Committee said, “We were delighted to sign the official contracts with Matthew. His work is second to none so we were very happy to secure him for the piece. On behalf of all the committee, I’d like to thank East Cork Municipal Council for the grant funds towards the Sculpture and to all the businesses and people of the town who helped us fundraise over the past year, so that we could commission this Sculpture commemorating the making of Moby Dick in Youghal.”