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Still attracting tourists to this day, the Galway cottage of "Quiet Man" fame has been left to rot. Campaigners call for government action.
The picturesque thatched cottage which plays home to Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne's characters in the 1952 "Quiet Man" remains a rotting, pile of rubble despite decades of rumors around possible refurbishment and the fact that it's a "protected structure".
It was one of Maureen O'Hara's dearest wishes that the White O' Morn cottage, in Ternakill, Maam, County Galway, which featured in "The Quiet Man" be restored. Now the Irish thatched cottage, made famous by the 1952 movie classic has degenerated so badly that it has collapsed in on itself and is entirely overgrown.
Paddy McCormick, who runs the White O'Morn Cottage Community Group, told IrishCentral that what's needed is action from its owner, a Canadian living in California and the Galway County Council. After decades of inaction, it's hoped that public intervention could see their iconic cottage be brought back to life.
The White O’ Morn Cottage, in Ternakill, Maam, County Galway, was the love nest of fiery Mary Kate Danaher and Sean Thornton (aka Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne) in the 1952 John Ford-helmed movie "The Quiet Man". The structure itself dates back to the pre-1820s.
Since IrishCentral's founding in 2009, we've been trying to find out what, if any, plans there are for this historic structure. In 2019 we checked in with McCormick, White O'Morn Cottage…