Friday 20 September 2019

Irish pals and Hollywood stars to bury Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara died at the age of 95
Maureen O'Hara died at the age of 95
Maureen O'Hara pictured in 1950

Ralph Riegel

Hollywood legends will rub shoulders with Irish friends and family as legendary actress Maureen O'Hara (95) is laid to rest in the United States.

The star, who died on October 24 at her home in Idaho, will be buried on Monday beside her late husband and World War Two hero, Lt Col Charles Blair.

The former US Air Force officer and test pilot for Grumman was buried with full military honours in Arlington Cemetery in Washington after dying in an air crash in the Caribbean in 1978.

The actress said it was her final wish to be buried beside him as he was the love of her life.

Maureen's Rosary and removal will be staged on Sunday evening.

Her Requiem Mass will take place on Monday morning, with her burial at Arlington scheduled for 2pm.

The funeral is expected to attract Hollywood stars of the past and present.

However, it will also be attended by an Irish delegation drawn from friends and neighbours from Cork, Limerick and Dublin.

Amongst those travelling to the funeral is the founder of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Margaret O'Shaughnessy.

"We had nearly 30 years of friendship. That is a long time, so I wanted to travel for the funeral for Maureen and her family," she said,

O'Hara was hailed in the US as one of the last icons of the golden age of US cinema from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Irish Independent

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