Monday 19 March 2018

Maureen O'Hara fans push for 'Quiet Man' cottage to be refurbished

How the cottage looked during filming
How the cottage looked during filming

Nick Bramhill

FANS of Maureen O'Hara have called on Galway County Council to honour the late Irish actress's memory by restoring the dilapidated cottage which featured in 'The Quiet Man' to its former glory.

In July this year Galway County Council unanimously agreed to add White O'Morn cottage, in Maam in Connemara, to its official record of protected structures.

The legal protection given to the remote dwelling, which featured in the 1952 movie, starring O'Hara and John Wayne, was welcomed by fans as a significant step in securing the future of the cottage and safeguarding what kind of future development takes place there.

But following the 95-year-old screen icon's death last Saturday, campaigners have stepped up their long-running campaign.

The 'White O'Morn Cottage Community' group have launched a new petition on Facebook, which they are planning to present in the near future to Galway County Council.

Patrick McCormick, who runs the group, said: "Maureen did live to see the cottage put under state protection and was delighted with the news, but sadly she did not live to see one of her dearest wishes realised - seeing her 'wee humble cottage' and movie home with John Wayne restored to its former beauty.

"We have now lost our beloved Maureen and we believe that this iconic cottage should now, as a matter of urgency, be restored in honour of Ms. O'Hara - as a timeless tribute to her life and career and as Ireland's own salute to the uncrowned 'Queen'."

However, the campaign to restore the cottage is likely to be far from straightforward. Its owner Greg Ebbitt - who is based in California - is contesting an application from a nearby farmer for adverse possession.

But Belfast-born McCormick, who is based in Canada, said he was confident progress could be made, once all parties started working together.

Irish Independent

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