When John Huston chose Youghal to film the tale of Moby Dick, he chose wisely! Celebrating that historic connection to ‘Moby’, Youghal hosts a family friendly festival centered around the sea, its history and of course the famous white whale. Set over three days, under the auspices the Youghal4All Group, the Moby Dick Festival promises something for all the family
The opening parade takes place on Friday 30th May. This ocean parade promises all the colour of the Mardi Gras with music, drumming and costumes signalling in the start of the festival. After Tom MacSweeney, of RTE fame, officially opens the festival, Scruffy will entertain in an open air concert on Barry’s Lane. An opportunity to hear the extras from the famous film, now celebrating its 60th anniversary, will round off day one.
Day two kicks off with a street market in Barry’s Lane. Running alongside the market will be a day of family entertainment to include treasure hunts, crab fishing, weird & wacky games, “belt the fisherman”, music and storytelling. Funky Fidelma will scare and thrill audiences with high flying acrobats, while the smells and flavours of the market complete the ambience. Later that evening the lifeboat will show off their abilities while Drum Brú will entertain us with a great selection of music. Moby Dick in Youghal, a selection of film and photo clips will then be shown on the Clock Gate.
On Sunday a thrilling Ball race will happen on Windmill hill. A competition for the best action shots provides an opportunity for all photography enthusiasts. The Teddy Bears picnic follows with face painting, games, music and sports in the park. Midleton have then offered their best young musicians for a concert of bands in Browne Street. The final entertainment for the weekend is a Ceilí. After the professionals show how it is done, everyone is invited to join in. Phew, if that sounds like the weekend for you, watch out in local press and at youghal4all.com for more detail