Remembering Legendary Film Star, Maureen O’Hara & Her Connection with Millstreet Including Her Admiration for Turbrid Holy Well

0025-Maureen-OHara-20110092-Maureen-OHara-20111-150x150The interview we recorded in 2011 features on LTV2 Programme 211.  Hugely popular Film Star, the Legendary Maureen O’Hara holds a framed picture of Turbrid Holy Well with which she was presented by Seán Radley, Ita & William Fitzgerald following a fascinating brief interview with LTV2 at Glengarriff Golf Club on Sunday night, 26th June 2011.  We referred very especially to Maureen’s starring role in “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne in 1951. We believe that Maureen once visited a pharmacy in Millstreet as she was en route most likely to Killarney. Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

We extend our sincere sympathy to the Family of the late great Maureen O’Hara who has gone to her Eternal Reward at the age of 95.  She died peacefully in the presence of her Family in America and it’s reported that the music of “The Quiet Man” played gently in the background.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal. Here we recall our meeting with the wonderfully friendly Maureen in 2011.

Interview Featured on LTV2 Prog. 211 – Legendary Film Star, Maureen O’Hara Wonderfully Impressed by Tubrid Holy Well – Special Brief Interview with LTV2 Millstreet at Glengarriff Golf Club

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of William & Ita Fitzgerald and the very significant assistance of Glengarriff Golf Club General Manager, Des Keaveney together with the much appreciated help of Maureen’s personal assistant, Caroline – LTV2 was indeed remarkably privileged to be allowed a brief interview with the iconic film star legend, Maureen O’Hara.   Maureen who is such a truly magnificent role model for her countless fans and admirers worldwide was so sincerely welcoming, superbly entertaining and looking thirty years younger than her 90 years.    She will shortly be celebrating her 91st Birthday and intends to celebrate her 102nd Birthday in time to come (as she indicated in our interview).    Not only is she from a family famed for longevity but from a family of “great lookers”!    Maureen has requested that we place a stone with her name on it into the Holy Well at Tubrid.   We believe that some years ago Maureen visited Millstreet and called for a message at Reen’s Pharmacy…However,  unfortunately, no camera was on hand to record such a significant moment in Millstreet’s history.   We shall be broadcasting Maureen’s interview on LTV2 in our Autumn schedule.   A very special word of thanks also to Glengarriff  Golf Club’s President, Eddie Mullins and Captain Teddy O’Sullivan both of whom together with Des Keaveney made us feel so very welcome.   Here we share highlights of the evening when Maureen arrived at the conclusion of the Maureen O’Hara Film Classic Festival to present the Prizes to the ladies who won in the Maureen O’Hara Annual Golf Classic which is now in its 28th year.   (Seán Radley)

5 thoughts on “Remembering Legendary Film Star, Maureen O’Hara & Her Connection with Millstreet Including Her Admiration for Turbrid Holy Well”

  1. I am so proud of my cousin Willie Fitzgerald and his lovely wife Ita for being part of the organisation that brought my favorite legend, Maureen O’Hara home to Ireland to accept the wonderful presentation. God Bless you all.

  2. I was at O Shea’s Hotel – Casey’s I think its called officially – in Glengarriff in the late 90s and Maureen was there having lunch outside.She actually looks younger now.

  3. And we are delighted that we know you, Geraldine – one of Ireland’s true experts in the world of Country & Western music….from the beautiful County known as the “Garden of Ireland”. Our special Carriganima Music Festival feature will appear shortly.

  4. Aww thank you so much Sean..Ben and I will never forget the way u all made us feel like one of your own.From the minute we arrived we were treated to a great tour of your beautiful scenery and attractions.Its no wonder you all look so well,with holy spring water coming from your taps..yes I did bring some home (thanks for the bottle).Huge thanks to yourself,Eily buckley,Sean Murphy and also Willie and Ita who helped make it all happen.Looking forward to the festival feature now.God Bless.x

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