Maureen O Hara

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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 (...)

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(...)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: terrible, but features an eight-year-old Pia Zadora as a Martian child

Is it too early for a feature on Santa Claus in cinema? Well, tough. You’re getting one anyway. The decorations are up. The latest version of the Grin(...)

Eccles Hotel

Lights, camera, Eccles Situated in the quaint village of Glengarriff overlooking Bantry Bay and Garnish Island on the Wild Atlantic Way, Eccles Hotel(...)

Children enjoy the kids’ club at The Johnstown Estate. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Easter holidays are just ahead and there are plenty of ways to entertain the children in your life over the next two weeks. Here is a selection of(...)

The Irish Yeast Co, 6 College Street, Dublin 2, for sale at €675,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

For well over a century it has sat, sagging gently in the middle of a block on College Street in Dublin 2, between the Westin Hotel and a row of build(...)

Ashford Castle sits on 365 acres overlooking Lough Corrib. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

As I pull up at the door of Ashford Castle and eyeball the beaming man in the racing green top hat and tails making his way towards my car, I marvel a(...)

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