AN iconic movie has led to a bidding war for a remote pub.
Four bidders have emerged as the frontrunners to buy Pat Cohan's bar in Cong, Co Mayo, which was immortalised in 'The Quiet Man' film starring Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne.
The owner put the property on the market at the beginning of the year, causing a stir among fans of the movie. He now looks likely to get the €300,000 asking price thanks to significant interest from as far away as Florida.
"There was huge interest. We're now down to about four serious bidders and we are confident of the sale going through in the next couple of months," said auctioneer Vincent Walsh. The top bidders include three individuals from the UK and one potential buyer from Florida.
"The gentleman from Florida has been over twice now to view the place and the UK interest is just as strong. There is one individual from London who has also shown a lot of interest," added Mr Walsh.
The auctioneer said that all buyers are eager to continue running the rural pub, which only gained a bar licence in 2008 after many years as a family-run shop. The area, and the bar in particular, still prove a draw for thousands of tourists from the UK, US and Europe.
At the time the film was made in 1952, Cohan's was the local shop but director John Ford turned it into a bar for the movie.
However, any possible sale will have to be put on hold due to a right-of-way issue.
"I could see it taking eight weeks to correct. There is no dispute involved but it has to be legally corrected," said Mr Walsh.