24/10/15

Minister Humphreys pays tribute to Maureen O’Hara

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has offered her condolences to the family of the late Maureen O’Hara and described her as one of the most internationally acclaimed Irish actress’ of the 20th century.

Minister Humphreys commented:

Maureen O’Hara left Ireland to carve a successful life in America but in the hearts and minds of every Irish person Maureen was the quintessential Irish success story. She went on to become one of the icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age at the height of her career.

“Maureen had a hugely successful career spanning over 60 years. She will however be best remembered for her fiercely passionate roles in classic films and in particular the films she made with her great friend John Wayne. It was in her role as Mary Kate Danaher in “The Quiet Man”, the iconic film made over 60 years ago and still very much celebrated in Ireland and abroad, that we were first alerted to her natural beauty and talent.

“I would like to extend my sympathies to Maureen’s family and many friends on her passing.”

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Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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