Thursday 12 December 2019

Apology and damages for actress Maureen's personal assistant

Actress Maureen O'Hara and (inset) her former PA Carolyn Murphy
Actress Maureen O'Hara and (inset) her former PA Carolyn Murphy

Tim Healy and  Nicola Anderson

A NEPHEW of silver screen actress Maureen O'Hara has apologised and paid damages to the former personal assistant of The Quiet Man actress over "false claims" he had made about the handling of her financial affairs.

Carolyn Murphy, who had a 30-year friendship with the actress, sued over emails sent by Charlie Fitzsimons, who lives in Sweden, in 2012 and 2013 in which Mr Fitzsimons was vocal in his criticism of Ms Murphy.

Yesterday, Ms Murphy said she was still extremely upset by the allegations, details of which have not been revealed.

The dispute had led to the shelving of plans for a film museum and school named for Ms O'Hara in Glengarriff, where the actress had a retirement home.

In a statement, Ms Murphy's solicitor Paul Tweed said: My client is very satisfied with this categoric and comprehensive retraction and apology of totally unfounded allegations relating to my client's work and support for the actress Maureen O'Hara and the Maureen O'Hara Foundation over a number of years."

Tom Hogan, barrister for Ms Murphy, told the court the defamation proceedings had been settled on the basis of a statement being read out in court by Rossa Fanning, barrister for Mr Fitzsimons.

It stated Mr Fitzsimons made and published a number of statements between August 2012 and July 2013 questioning the integrity and honesty of Ms Murphy.

"The defendant accepts that such allegations are totally without foundation."

Irish Independent

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