The photo above shows White O'Morn Cottage in Tiernakill, Maumm, County Galway as it was in 1951 when Hollywood came to Connemara. People in Connemara and even in Galway City are still talking about that magical six-weeks to this very day.
This old site, which now lies in ruins, is better known to the world as "The Quiet Man Cottage." The structure was depicted as the home of Sean Thornton (played by John Wayne) and Mary Kate Danaher (played by Maureen O'Hara) in the 1952 motion picture "The Quiet Man."
As you will see in the video below, something needs to be done quickly if this lovely old place that survived the famine years and countless other hardships is to be brought back from the edge of final extinction. Maureen O'Hara, in 2004, called the state of the cottage a "national disgrace," and I think most will find it difficult to disagree with her assessment.
What can be done? What is being done? There are multiple groups and organisations currently trying to work with the current owner of the property and Galway County Council to bring this dream to fruition, but complications and red tape still stand in the way.
In this discussion thread, I'm hoping to hear from the groups and individuals involved in this ongoing saga. That includes the groups trying to raise awareness, the property owner, and the Galway County Council. I'm also hoping to hear from anyone who has seen that grand old film "The Quiet Man" and anyone who understands the inherent value in restoring and preserving this important piece of Ireland's past.
I was reading somewhere on the web today that someone was living in Ireland nearby in 1989 and that the door was still there albeit that it was rotten!!! he said that he took a little piece of the rotten door and has had it in a frame ever since.
Hi Robin, Please allow me to introduce myself. My Name is Luke Gerard Lanigan, in Gaelic that reads: Lucas Gearóid Ó Lonagain. I was born and reared in Dublin. 21 years ago I moved to Galway and here I still live. I have an interest in Tourism, Cultural and Heritage. I admire people with foresight who are willing to adapt a positive and constructive approach to progress.With the exception of a son's admiration for his Father, I have never wished or pretended to be anybody else.Yes, I am in the early stages of developing a friendship with both Patrick McCormack and June Beck, I am enjoying the experience and look forward to strengthening that friendship, now and into the future. The fact that some of my ideas, goals and opinions may mirror somebody else's,is is not to difficult to comprehend considering the enormity of the global community. However it appears not everybody can understand this.I see it as a pointless exercise to continue in a chat, discussion or debate with someone who refuses to accept that I actually exist ( I wish the Tax Man would take that approach :) ). In the meantime I will look forward in hope that someday the state will stand up an represent their electorate by providing the local community with the opportunity to enhance their area, with improvements within in the rural tourism sector.I have no doubt that the wider global community will also enjoy the benefits of such progress. ......Regards.....Lucas
Hello Luke, many thanks for your kind posting. My full name is Robin Sheldon which doesn't mean anything else in any other language (just my weird sense of humour). I was originally born in South Africa and my father was a foreign correspondent and we lived for a while in Chicargo then Toronto before being transferred to the UK. After our schooling many years later my parents moved to Artane, Dublin in the early '70's and this is when my love for Ireland started to blosson. We are retired now and have been to the SW region many times (Killarney) and this year went to Cong specifically to find out more about the film locations relating to 'The Quiet Man' and of course the countryside which we thorughly enjoyed. It must be very frustrating at times dealing with issues but unfortunately that's life and one can only but continue the quest. Nice to hear from you, ATB Robin.
Gina, Yes Gina , it seems Mr. Ebbitt is being most unfairly blamed for the current condition of the ruins and a lot of people assume the cottage was in near mint condition when he purchased it in the early 80s when in actual fact it was already in ruins though most of the walls were still standing the roof had already collapsed , its windows and doors had rotted and fallen out ,
Mike Ward, I am delighted that you agree with most of what I said above. Alas I'm left here wondering what was the small part you did not agree with ?. I have no doubt you are not alone with your Curiosity dilemma, as recent posts show. As to your question, am I implying ?.......Please read my reply again and you will find the answer. the part where I say : I am not in a position to provide you with the actual facts as to who or what is responsible, nor do I wish to mislead anyone with assumptions......Lucas.
PS. Mike, why are you implying that someone would want to hasten the demise of the ruins ?
Lucas , While its generally accepted that some of the stones have been removed by fans / souvenir hunters , it seems that broad hints are being made to indicate that the ruins are being vandalized over the years and that this could be the only logical explanation for the apparent speed of deterioration , i would dispute that on the grounds that most of the damage was done not just by the weather elements but by livestock which shelter in the ruins , bear in mind that cattle will invariably puck , scratch and climb over and through ruins such as these and after 25years or more of such exposure to livestock what condition can one expect the ruins to be in Now had the owner or the farmer who uses the land erected even the most basic fence to protect the ruins most of the damage could have been avoided The trees and bushes that grew within the site were allowed to grow penetrating the outer and inner walls the growth of these over the years and the winds caused the walls to collapse all this combined accelerated the destruction and ruination of the structure ,
Thanks for your reply Mike. I am unaware of these broad hints of vandalism which you appear to be receiving or the source from where you are receiving them. Neither do I have the knowledge or possession of substantial evidence which would allow me to agree with your allegations of blatant neglect on behalf of the owner or farmer (as you describe).......However on a more optimistic note. I have witnessed and visited successful restoration projects around the country. So thankfully all hope is not lost.
Well Lucas thankfully most projects of this nature are not nearly as complex as the cottage , and very very few that i am aware of involve such a gap between different groups / communities advocating the same cause , There are lots of unanswered question behind the scenes that nobody seems to want to answer or indeed investigate , for example why does Greg Ebbitt allow his lands to be used for livestock grazing , He vigorously denies he leases the land or receives any payment or reward for its use over the past 25 yrs from the farmer , in effect and if that be truly the case then the farmer is a land squatter , The boundary fences are very well maintained and the land appears to be well taken care of ...... squatters dont do that .......
Mike Ward, You appear to be asking me or the public a lot of questions about Mr.Ebbitt's actions and intentions. Despite the fact that earlier on in the discussion you stated " I have been and am still in regular contact with the owner of the ruins ( Gregory Ebbitt ) over the past few years". I am flabbergasted to think that you did not take the opportunity to ask him these questions yourself over the several years which you say you have been interested in the cottage.Mr Ebbitt's business dealings or the farmers, are none of my business. With reference to the gap between the different groups / communities advocating the same cause, this is totally irrelevant. The two groups that I am aware of are " Save The Quiet Man Cottage", "White O'Morn Foundation" and of course the wider public. All of these combined, exist only as moral support for a local initiative. In fact it is inspirational to see and hear the level of support that exists. The amount of people, irrespective of their opinions who have spent their valued time and hard earned money showing their support.YES, it would be great if this amazing show of support could be taken advantage of....... " I’ve met some folks who say that I’m a dreamer " . I am also an optimist and a great believer in the positive approach. So please God, all is not lost.
Lucas , i wished to respond to your latest reply to me regarding the cottage however the usual reply button seems to be either missing or that facility to reply has been removed or is it just a glitch , and so im re posting your reply here , .......... and my reply follows .............. ke Ward, You appear to be asking me or the public a lot of questions about Mr.Ebbitt's actions and intentions. Despite the fact that earlier on in the discussion you stated " I have been and am still in regular contact with the owner of the ruins ( Gregory Ebbitt ) over the past few years". I am flabbergasted to think that you did not take the opportunity to ask him these questions yourself over the several years which you say you have been interested in theEARNED MONEY showing their , it would be great if this amazing show of support could be taken ADVANTAGEof....... " I’ve met some folks who say that I’m a dreamer " . I am also an optimist and a great believer in the positive approach. So please God, all is not lost.............. My reply ......... Lucas . Im sorry to note you have misinterpreted my previous response to you , First of all yes i have been and still am in regular contact with Geggory Ebbitt that is NOT claim but a fact , And yes i have asked Mr. Ebbitt those crucial questions about his lands being used by a local farmer , i asked him if he was in receipt of fees from the farmer for the use of his lands Mr. Ebbits response was a resounding NO ...... he ( Mr. Ebbitt ) went on to declare that anyone using his land for livestock grazing were squatters , they had no permission from him or his family , Now Lucas my mentioning these facts on this discussion page is not asking questions but i am merely expressing my curiosity as to why this issue has not been raised on this page before my doing so is to bring out in the open to you and other members of this forum some of the very odd and questionable behind the scenes goings on in relation to the cottage after all ,isint that what this discussion is all about to open debate or am i missing something here , Ebbitt's business dealings or the farmers, are none of my business. With reference to the gap between the different groups / communities advocating the same cause, this is totally irrelevant. The two groups that I am aware of are " Save The Quiet Man Cottage", "White O'Morn Foundation" and of course the wider public. All of these combined, exist only as moral support for a local initiative. In fact it is inspirational to see and hear the level of support that exists. The amount of people, irrespective of their opinions who have spent their valued time and hard
i would like to pay compliment to the owner ( Sean Maguire ) of the picture of the QUIET MAN COTTAGE above , whom had it watermarked with his copyright , on the bottom left hand corner of the picture , , his picture was cropped and his watermark removed ( not by THE WILD GEESE page monitors or admins ) but by a third party whom have in the past objected to the use of this picture claiming it was theirs Sean Maguire objected on this website to his picture being tampered with and requested his watermark be restored by the third party so far his request has been ignored ,
On a slightly different note, can anyone throw any light on the run down neglected bungalow that was built right next to White O'Morn? I am curious as to why it was built in the first place and why right next to White O'Morn. Was this built before Mr Ebbit bought the land or since? It's nothing but an eye sore to say the least and what a terrible shame it's so close to White O'Morn. Thanks in anticipation for any replies.