Appeal to bring Maureen O’Hara statue from Glengarriff to Mayo

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by Auld Stock

Maureen O’Hara, one of Hollywood’s most glamorous movie stars, who played the female lead opposite John Wayne in ‘The Quiet Man’, lived in Glengarriff, Co. Cork, for several years before his death.

‘The Quiet Man’ was filmed in the majestic setting of Cong and during this time Maureen O’Hara visited Castlebar on several occasions.

Maureen enjoyed visiting Castlebar, where she spent most of her summer holidays as a guest of the Ryan family, Newtown.

She was also a close personal friend of John Joe Collins and his family, Davitt’s Terrace, Castlebar.

Maureen and her mum loved walking around Lough Lannagh and chatting with locals when they visited the county capital.

A photograph of Maureen and her mother at Lough Lannagh was published in Castlebar Parish Magzine a few years ago.

A life-size bronze statue of Maureen O’Hara by the eminent sculptor Dan Cronin was erected in Glengarriff some time ago.

Cronin’s work was much admired but it was the subject of some criticism, so much so that Cronin decided to remove the statue from its base.

Perhaps Dan Cronin could agree to have Maureen O’Hara’s statue erected in Castlebar where she spent many happy holidays.

Tourist interests in Castlebar and the local Chamber of Commerce could follow this suggestion.

It is definitely worth trying.

Over to you people.

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