Posted by: travelrat | November 4, 2011

Youghal: Lasagne and White Whales

September 13th, 2011

If you look at a map of Ireland, you’ll see how ragged the southwest coast is, with a narrow bay or a river mouth every few miles. These provide sheltered harbours in most cases, and, around lunchtime, we came upon one of these, a little town called Youghal.

Around this time, we were starting to hear reports from the other side of the world of a white whale calf, sighted off the Queensland coast. Was this the calf of the famous white whale Migaloo? At Youghal, there’s a connection with another white whale. There’s a pub called Moby Dick’s, and, like many another Irish pub, it has the end wall decorated with an artistic mural that can be seen from a long way away.

On the front is a plaque informing us this is where the film was made in 1954. Well, call me Ishmael! That certainly was a surprise! I can’t remember whether I’ve seen it or not, but it’ll probably show up on one of the cable channels soon.

We found one of Youghal’s main attractions in the main street, the Clock Gate which is … surprise, surprise … a gate with a clock on top of it.

We ate at the Riverside Cafe and Restaurant, where I had a lasagne, and very good lasagne it was, too. I probably shall equate the taste of oregano with Youghal for ever, for I was producing oregano-flavoured burps for hours afterwards.

Just a small point … if your lasagne or whatever is brought to you in its own little individual dish, should you turn it out on to your plate, or eat it from the dish?

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  1. Hi Keith,
    That’s incredible that Moby Dick was filmed there.
    I love the painting on the side of the building, and I had a laugh at the 2 hanging plants on the smaller building underneath the painting, it just looks like 2 eyes watching. 🙂

    The new baby white whale spotted off the Queensland coast, we now know a little bit more about. Seems it is not related to Migaloo, it was seen swimming with it’s Mum, and Mum is just a normal colour humpback whale, so we seem to have a new generation of the lovely white whale. No name has been chosen yet for the baby white. 🙂

    • It’s some time since I saw the film, but I was extremely surprised that there was nowhere suitable on the American coast.

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