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Actor Barry Fitzgerald taken  on the set of John Ford’s film ‘The Quiet Man’ in Co Mayo around 1951. Photograph: The Irish Times

Barry Fitzgerald was a man with a talent for creating conundrums for the good people at the Academy. Not only did he cause an upset by being nominated(...)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Robert Redford and Paul Newman on set. Photograph:  20th Century Fox/Getty

“The horse is dead.” It’s the middle of a tense scene in the 1969 smash Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The town sheriff is attempting to round u(...)

John Wayne drags poor Maureen O’Hara across the windy turf like a cave man

Ask your dad about the mini-scandal that gathered around a TV series called The Spike in 1978. At this point Ireland was — to employ a term favoured(...)

Iconic: the revolving door of the Shelbourne hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Flemming

Who knew that fancy hotels could be among the riskiest places in Dublin? Compensation culture has claimed its latest victim, and the city’s purists ar(...)

 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 (...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Peter Sellers in  Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick’s biting cold war satire which is re-issued in cinemas next week some 55 years after its initial theatrical run, is ar(...)

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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