John Ford

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The late Peter Fonda with his father Henry and daughter Jane,  circa 1963. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

The rebels of the 1960s are beginning to die of something like old age. Peter Fonda – who has died aged 79 – was nearly 30 when Easy Rider emerged in (...)

 John Ford and Maureen O’Hara  circa 1955: director’s feelings for the actress are evident in a letter soon to be auctioned.  Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The professional relationship between Maureen O’Hara and the film director John Ford is among the most chronicled in Hollywood history. Together the (...)

Mat Donovan leads his Knocknagow team in a game of hurling in the earliest surviving footage of hurling on film (Knocknagow, Film Company of Ireland, 1918)

The GAA moved from fearing to embracing television without thinking twice about it. The only note of contention is when that transformation occurred. (...)

When O’Hara made an emotional return to Cong in 2011 for celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of The Quiet Man, parish priest Fr Paddy Gilligan was asked to privately bring her communion in her room at Ashford Castle

The woman who would become the film star Maureen O’Hara was born in August 1920 as Maureen FitzSimons on Beechwood Avenue in Ranelagh. Her mother had (...)

Iggy Pop stars as Male Coffee Zombie in  Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. Photograph: Frederick Elmes / Focus Features © 2019 Image Eleven Productions, Inc

 The early trailers for Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie suggested the distributors were a bit nervous about the content. Edited with zany fury, the p(...)

John Wayne (left), Maureen O’Hara, Sean McClory and Charles Fitzsimons on the set of 'The Quiet Man', directed by John Ford, circa 1952 in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In a series of articles, The Irish Times explores five challenges facing rural Ireland – diversity and migration; poverty; rapid growth(...)

Darby O’Gill and the Little People: Albert Sharpe and Jimmy O’Dea in Walt Disney’s 1959 film

As the vast majority of the action and the most famous scenes from John Ford’s Oscar-winning 1952 classic The Quiet Man take place in an idyllic, unsp(...)

Ben Johnson. Warren Oates, William Holden, and  Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch. Photograph:  Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Present day audiences remember Sam Peckinpah’s western The Wild Bunch for its blood, but no less shocking is the film’s moral carnage. Two orgies of b(...)

Will Smith in Aladdin: ‘Everything is under such critical scrutiny,’ the actor says. ‘I came up in an era where there was no internet. It’s a new thing that I’m trying to get a handle on’

Not everyone is a fan of Disney’s live-action remakes of classic animations, but few could have anticipated the strange, visceral reactions to the fir(...)

Ballyglunin railway station, Co Galway, named Castletown in The Quiet Man film. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

“Well now, I’ll begin at the beginning. A fine soft day in the spring it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and hi(...)

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