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Saturday 20 January 2018

Home town recalls 'wonderful' O'Hara

Sam Griffin

WARM tributes were paid to legendary Irish-American actress Maureen O'Hara as a book of condolences was opened in her honour in her home town of Ranelagh in south Dublin.

A steady crowd of young and old paid their respects with many recalling the actress's recent visit to Ranelagh in 2010 when she opened the arts festival.

"She was such a good friend to Ranelagh and to the arts festival and she came right into her 90th year," Terry Connaughton from Ranelagh Arts, who organised the book of condolences, told the Irish Independent.

"She was charming and wonderful and of course being the age she was knew more about the area than anyone and was talking about shops that were no longer there."

Young and old signed the book, which is open for the rest of the week, despite the awful weather - with two American tourist visiting Ireland also travelling to the centre to pay their respects.

O'Hara, who passed away on Saturday aged 95, will not be buried in Ireland but in Arlington Cemetery near Washington DC.

She will be buried next to her late husband, the US Navy pilot Brigadier General Charles Blair, who died in a plane crash in 1978.

Irish Independent

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