Iconic 'Quiet Man' pub sale sparks US interest
Published 31/12/2012 | 05:00
WEALTHY American fans of 'The Quiet Man' are being targeted in the sale of a pub which has become an iconic symbol of the classic movie.
Pat Cohan's bar in Cong, Co Mayo featured in the 1952 John Ford film, which starred John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the lead roles.
The quaint pub – regularly photographed by thousands of visiting film fans – was in fact a family-run shop for many years until it served pints for the first time in 2008.
Auctioneer Vincent Walsh said the current publican has decided to pull his last pint because of poor health.
"We're looking for €300,000 for the pub, but we're open to offers," he said.
"We've had a lot of enquiries about it, particularly from America and England.
"It's a lovely piece of property and has a unique connection with the film. It was originally taken over in 2004 and a huge amount of refurbishment went into it until it opened as a pub in 2008."
Many of the pub's clientele, particularly in the tourist season, include the throngs of visiting film fans from the US, Britain and continental Europe.
But another well-placed source said: "Outside the summer season, the bar business is very quiet. It's been tough on rural publicans everywhere. And a lot of film fans who go into Pat Cohan's don't spend any money. Tourists and fans of the movie often go in, take a few photos, maybe use the bathroom and then leave without buying a pint.
"And that just doesn't pay the bills."
Meanwhile, Maureen O'Hara, one of the stars of 'The Quiet Man', is planning to write a book to explain the series of events that led to her sudden decision to leave Ireland.
The 92-year-old actress moved from her retirement home in Glengarriff, Co. Cork to her US-based family's residence in Idaho last September.