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Screen legend Maureen 'won't return to Ireland'

HOLLYWOOD legend Maureen O'Hara has no plans to return to Ireland.

The veteran actress will remain permanently based in her home in Idaho in the US, the state where her grandson, Conor Fitzsimons, now lives.

Ms O'Hara (92) dramatically left Glengarriff in west Cork last autumn after living in the area for 40 years.

Her decision to go came despite plans to create a Maureen O'Hara legacy film centre in the west Cork village.

The Dublin-born actress, described by John Wayne as the greatest screen icon of her generation, is now engaged in a legal battle with a US lawyer as part of a dispute with her former personal assistant, Carolyn Murphy.

Ms O'Hara has filed papers in New York seeking the return of files on her assets and finances from lawyer Howard Gibbs.

Her family says she is considering writing a book to outline her reasons for leaving Ireland.

Her return to the US sparked a flood of requests for TV interviews, cameo film roles and even a book offer.

"Maureen is being bombarded with offers and gets requests to attend events every day," her nephew Charlie Fitzsimons said.

Wrangle

Ms O'Hara left west Cork just weeks after calling a press conference to outline the legal issues she was engaged in.

Her legal advisers from New York and her accountant from the Virgin Islands both attended the event.

The actress said she was "damn upset" over the legal wrangle.

Ms O'Hara and husband Charles Blair moved to Glengarriff in 1968. The former US Air Force officer was killed in a plane crash in 1978.

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