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Kenneth gets a kiss from Maureen as he presents his painting to her.

Kenneth gets a kiss from Maureen as he presents his painting to her.

Kenneth gets a kiss from Maureen as he presents his painting to her.

KENNETH O'KEEFFE wasn't a Quiet Man for long when famed Hollywood actress Maureen O'Hara said she loved his work.

A Drogheda native but now based at his studio in Dunleer, Kenneth presented a portrait of the star to O'Hara as she received the Freedom of Kells, Co Meath, where she has a family connection.

'I am a freelance artist and I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity of presenting the Portrait to Mrs O Hara up on stage at the event in Kells and I was even more fortunate to give her a kiss on the cheek. She was delighted with the portrait and she said ' those were the days. I grew up watching Maureen O'Hara's black and white movies with my mother Julie and my grandmother Peggy Mc Loughlin. Even these days my father Brendan loves to put on the Quiet Man movie every St. Patricks Day,' Kenneth stated.