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.
Hi Robin , In response to your question above i include a link here below to a Blog written by a gentleman ( Robert Tuttle ) whom i have worked with on the cottage project over the last few years , it contains the asnswer to your qustion and much more ,Robert Tuttle is a very highly respected expert on all things in connection with the QUIET MAN movie , However i expect Luke Gerard Lanigan ( a . k . a , Patrick McCormac of WHITE O MORN FOUNDATION ) to dismiss the facts as written By Robert , However facts they are and cant be changed by anyone . http://dukefanclub.weebly.com/blog/is-the-quiet-man-cottage-about-t...
Hello Mike, Many thanks for the link you posted, makes very interesting reading. ATB Robin
Hi Robin and your very welcome , im delighted to note you found the link interesting and i hope you also managed to have time to read the followup comments on the article , And i think on foot of the main article and those followup comments its very clear to see that both WHITE O MORN FOUNDATION and SAVE THE QUIET MAN COTTAGE have done trojan work on the cottage project and its also clear to see that every effort was made by Robert Tuttle to mediate and get everyone working together , unfortunatly and as Robert pointed out Patrick McCormacs obsession to take compleate control of the cause and ultimate personal credit for all and any traction or success has obstructed and tarnished the project causing confusion doubt and anomosity within both groups , there is as you know Robin there is a vast difference between genuine passion and obsession its such a shame that one mans personal ego has marred the cause by misleading so many people who wish to see the cottage recovered and restored to its former glory , not by deception and skullduggary but by fair and legal means not by bulllying , intimidation , or hijacking .