Sunday 25 February 2018

Maureen O'Hara 'damn upset' over High Court action

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

'THE Quiet Man' actress Maureen O'Hara (91) is at the centre of a legal wrangle with her long-time personal assistant.

The actress called a special press conference yesterday - and said she was "damn upset" at what had happened.



"This is a very difficult time for me but in the midst of this turmoil there is a silver lining - my family," she said.



The actress said she had called the press conference purely to set the record straight following recent media reports.



Ms O'Hara said she remained committed to west Cork - and was a proud Irishwoman.



"I am praying...as to how I can bless my homeland, and all Irish children, with the fruit of my artistic labours," she added.



The Irish Independent has learned that High Court proceedings are now underway between Carolyn Murphy, her long-time personal assistant, and Ms O'Hara's estate.



New York solicitor, Ed Firkess, who flew to West Cork especially for the press conference, confirmed that Ms Murphy is no longer an employee of Ms O'Hara's and no longer has a power of attorney for her.



A spokesperson for Ms Murphy said she was and remains a true and loyal friend of the actress.



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