Youghal Library Plays Host To Unique Photo and Film Exhibition

Photos By Andrea Cunningham

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An archive film and photographic exhibition was opened in Youghal Library last Friday 27 September and runs until Friday 11 October.

The exhibition focuses on the town’s connection with the John Huston movie Moby Dick and features some rare photographs of the making of the film.

The images and film clips come from a number of local collections including those belonging to Andy Kelly, Ted Horgan, Mike Roche, James Burke, Colm Keane and Kevin Linehan.

There are also rare images on loan to the library provided by Cork Movie Memories and a glass art timepiece of the Clock Gate.

The display also features a short film by James Burke behind the scenes of the making of the Moby Dick film in the 1950s.

It’s over 60 years since Youghal hosted Hollywood, which was making a film of Herman Mellville’s classic novel “Moby Dick”.

The novel is rated highly by many US schools and colleges, making it compulsory reading for many American students.

Set in 19th-century New England, the story follows the whaling ship Pequod and its crew. Leading them is Captain Ahab, who was almost killed in an encounter with the "great white whale", Moby Dick. Now he is out for revenge.

The film originally premiered in 1956, many exterior scenes set in New Bedford were shot on location in Youghal.

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