Excitement was high in Youghal on Monday last when the filming crew of the RTE TODAY Show arrived in the seaside town. The very popular afternoon programme is hosted by Maura and Daithi, and features a trip to various interesting towns in Ireland where their crew film, and speak with people involved in the local community, hear about their town, and visit some of the historical places.
A hectic Schedule for Presenter Colm Flynn, Assistant Jordan and cameraman Klaus, commenced in The Walter Raleigh Hotel where they were welcomed by Youghal's great ambassador, Sinead Kane, accompanied by Jimmy Flanagan. Filming was done in Greenpark with Sinead giving a superb interview, outlining her love for Youghal and all that it has to offer.
The second filming was carried out in Youghal's Iconic Clock Tower and local storyteller, Dorothy Heaphy, brought them to the very top outdoor platform where the famous Clock is located. Dorothy spoke with great knowledge and passion of the history of the famous Clock Tower, which started out as a gaol, fascinating the listeners "who" they told The East Cork Journal "had never seen anything quite like it".
It was then down to the famous Youghal quays where Helen Heaphy Grainge, Secretary of Youghal4All was interviewed and filmed, speaking about the significance of The Moby Dick and what it has meant to Youghal over the many years. She told how her family, friends and neighbours were 'extras' in the film, which hugely boosted the economy of the town back in 1954 and which still has a great significance to Youghal.
Indoors, Chair Youghal4All, Jimmy Flanagan was delighted to show Colm a miniature replica of the Moby Dick Sculpture, and told how it is hoped the Sculpture will be erected in Barry's Lane Youghal, providing tourists (particularly Americans where Moby Dick is widely read) with a focal point and photograph opportunity, and encouraging the American market to visit Youghal.
A quick trip into the local Community Radio Station CRY 104fm included a talk live on air with the producers, giving an indication of all that Youghal has to offer and the importance of local media in every town.
The team was then delighted to visit Perks Entertainment Centre where they were introduced by Sal Perks Tivy to their wonderful world of fun and enjoyment. She persuaded Colm to join her for a trip on the Carousel where her interviewed was held, as Klaus filmed the entire event.
Arriving back in the late 1920s Perks is an Institution in Youghal bringing entertainment and fun to all who visit. More than that, Perks provided local employment over all those many years, particularly for school leavers during the summer holidays.
Following a very busy day, the team left Youghal late in the evening heading to Kinsale where, the next day, they would meet and film with the local community there.
The Youghal programme will feature on RTE1 on Friday, 27th October in the TODAY Show, with Maura and Daithi.