Posts from chester7777 in thread „Save the Quiet Man Cottage“

    It may well be that under Irish law they can lay claim to the property and thus obtain it "without cost", but I guarantee they will not be able to restore it for free, nor manage, promote and operate it for free, nor do the ongoing maintenance for free.

    Someone is going to have to find or raise a significant amount of money to power this effort, and then a lot of hard work will need to be done over a good chunk of time.

    Mobs will be hard to find when these two items need to be handled !

    Mobs indeed, even building contractors that do as they agree to do in that area are hard to find, as Gregory Ebbitt found out during the two trips to Cong he made trying to get a restoration started. Spending thousands of dollars in the process.

    Last night I emailed over 30 Galway County Council members with my and Mr. Ebbitts concerns. Hopefully they might be swayed.

    I believe there was also talk about trying to find a way to simply take ownership of the cottage ruins. It will be very interesting to see where this all leads.

    Very interesting indeed!
    I've sent five Emails to Mr.Ebbitt in the last 4 days, sharing with him the various news articles where they are basically bragging on how they plan on stealing his property out from under him. Hopefully he can stop it.

    Has anyone actually asked him what he would like to do with it, and how they can help in achieving this goal, that if indeed he has one? At the moment it appears everyone is telling him what THEY want.

    I think that's the key thing. Mr. Ebbitt indicated to me that he has been approached with offers to buy the property from him over the years, but he doesn't want to sell it. He's not interested in leasing the land. He absolutely wants to retain ownership, but he also absolutely loves the movie and what that property represents, and would very much like to see the cottage restored. He has carefully researched many aspects of accurate restoration, down to the quarry where the original stones came from. I believe he wants to be very involved in the process of restoration, though he is not in a position financially at this time to do it himself. I also think he does not want to be 'bulldozed' by others regarding HIS property.

    I don't know how recent any contacts with him have been, but to read the current articles, you would think he is stonewalling everyone. I suspect the approaches to him may have been adversarial at this point and, like most of us, he doesn't care for that. Can't say I blame him!

    Chester :newyear:

    I agree, the owner needs a liaison to interact on his behalf. For the last two months, I've been trying to get members of the Wayne family interested in trying to help Mr. Ebbitt (he's the owner of the property where the cottage is).

    When my wife and I were in southern California with our family on a recent vacation, we met with Mr. Ebbitt and his wife. He shared with us that he and his wife absolutely love the movie The Quiet Man. When they were in Ireland a number of years ago (around 1982, if I remember correctly), they visited Ireland for two weeks. He learned that the property was for sale, expressed his immediate and intense interest to buy the property, yet it still took almost three years before he became the owner.

    It was his desire to restore the cottage, and he made at least two trips to Ireland to try to make it happen, after making numerous contacts prior to his trips. Both times, when he got there, no one showed up to meet with him. After two such experiences, he was sorely disappointed and discouraged. As time has gone on, he has had several offers from people who would like to purchase the property. He is NOT interested in selling it. He would be most interested in working with someone (group or individual) who has the cash to do the restoration. He has ideas that would make the area a potentially attractive tourist destination in Ireland.

    Three months ago, as a member of the StQMC Facebook group, I noticed another member, Patrick McCormick, make remarks implying government confiscation of the property after I made a post regarding possibly talking to Mr. Ebbitt. That remark was the primary reason I started establishing a dialogue with Mr. Ebbitt, as I am very much opposed to government confiscation of privately owned property.

    Patrick McCormick has been a major player in the StQMC FB group, along with Mike Ward. As I may have mentioned before, I sent an email to Mike Ward indicating that I met with Mr. Ebbitt and would provide further information regarding Mr. Ebbitt's perspective on the whole affair. I was immediately 'unfriended' by Mike Ward on Facebook and no longer a member of the StQMC FB group. Now, in the last few days, there have been several articles in Irish newspapers regarding the QM cottage and how the "American owner" doesn't want to work with anyone in the restoration process. I know for a fact that this isn't true, and I'm concerned that there is a conspiracy going on between the StQMC group, several politicians, and some of the media. Today I responded to one of the news articles over there with the comment that Mr. Ebbitt was indeed willing to work with people and wanted to get on with the restoration. Here it is, 12 hours later, and my post has yet to be moderated/approved. At the same time, just 12 hours ago, Patrick McCormick, on his White'o'Morn restoration FB group, showed a copy of his and Mike Ward's plan to restore the cottage after the government confiscates it. I've sent several emails to Mr. Ebbitt in the past two days, trying to make him aware that the 'sharks are circling', and they're out for blood.

    Who knows if I'm on the right trail or not. Ultimately, the final goal is restoration of the cottage. I do think that if the Wayne family would help Mr. Ebbitt and get involved in this, that would be very beneficial.

    What do you all think of all of this? Any thoughts or suggestions?

    Chester :newyear:

    Thanks for the update Jim,
    although I might add IMO, I wonder why we help and support the very
    group that takes such a dim view of this message board!!

    My wife and I have made an extensive attempt to rectify any misunderstanding that the StQMC Facebook group may have had regarding our message board. I thought things were going well. Then I mentioned to the leader of the group that we had dinner with the owner of the cottage, and that we would share more information soon, and somehow shortly after that, my FB membership to their group was discontinued and my FB message as to why that happened has gone unanswered. In addition, it appears I have been 'unfriended' by the leader of the group as well. However, I think the restoration of the cottage (and possible expansion of the surrounding area to include other attractions of interest to movie fans) is of the utmost importance, and I'm willing to rise above the pettiness to lend my support. I hope our members are also in favor of supporting the restoration effort.

    Chester :newyear:

    My Family and I were down in Anaheim, California last week to visit Disneyland. During our stay I contacted Gregory Ebbitt, present owner of the Cottage. My wife and I met him, and his wife, for dinner at a local restaurant. Over the course of the meal he gave us his account of owning, and trying to restore the White O' Morn Cottage. It's quite a long story, filled with many disappointments. When my wife and I get some time, we will attempt to put into words his story, and post it here.

    Chester :newyear:

    As many of you may be aware from reading the Duke's Movie Locations - Ireland forum, the cottage used in The Quiet Man, White O'Morn, is in a terrible state of disrepair.

    There is a concerted, organized effort (spearheaded by our good friend Mike Ward in Ireland) to Save the Quiet Man Cottage. I'm sure many of you will be very interested in this project. He also has a group on Facebook of the same name, for those of you on FB.

    We want to encourage everyone to see what they can do to make this happen!

    Maureen O'Hara will be visiting Cong village at the end of this month, to launch what is hoped to become an annual event there.[/SIZE]