Enjoying Classic Films with Maureen O’Hara

I must confess, when Irish Firesiders Jim and Betty Sanford told me they would be in Glengarriff for the Maureen O’Hara Classic Film Festival, I was a wee bit jealous. Fortunately, they’ve been great about keeping me in the loop about their adventures.

Just when I thought I was over my jealousy, Jim sent me this…

The Maureen O’Hara Classic Film Festival ended today here in Glengarriff, County Cork on the Beara Peninsula.  The only disappointment was that we didn’t get a chance to meet her during her public appearances because of the crowd.  🙁

Betty and Jim Sanford... and Maureen O'Hara!

Irish Firesiders Betty and Jim Sanford enjoy a moment with Maureen O’Hara.

Later this evening Betty and I and our daughter Jaime were enjoying dinner and who should we run into but Maureen O’Hara herself, her two nephews and her assistant who were all very friendly and so gracious to allow us to take this photo.

We had a nice visit and she was still sprite and sharp at the age of 90.  The entire weekend was enjoyable, especially Friday’s screening of “The Quiet Man” in 16 mm on the big screen and also the documentary “Dreaming The Quiet Man” which was released last November.  All in all a great experience.

Jim Sanford

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  1. Oh how I love Maureen O’Hara! We were in small town Iowa this weekend and the theater was showing The Quiet Man. I almost made Doug drop me off while he went to meet his mom for dinner!

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  2. We were in Cong last Tuesday, July 5th, at Cohan’s Pub. The proprietor told us that Maureen O’Hara will be visiting Cong in August as part of the anniversary celebration of The Quiet Man movie.
    Sure wish we could go back to meet the great lady.

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