The Quiet Plan

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(White O’Morn – the Irish thatched cottage in Tiernakill, Maam, Co. Galway and centrepiece of John Ford’s The Quiet Man (1952) as it was in the movie, top, and how it is today, above)

Patrick McCormick, from Belfast but living in Toronto, Canada, writes:

“This cottage, located at Tiernakill, Maam, County Galway, will forever be associated with John Ford’s classic 1952 movie ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.  Sadly, Sean Thornton and Mary Kate’s “wee humble cottage” currently lies in ruin.” 

“But did you know that ‘The Quiet Man’ cottage was – in reality – an actual historic family home dating back to the pre-1820s? The Joyce family were still living in the cottage at the time the movie was being made.”

“Historic records show the cottage existing on the same site as far back as 1820.  Ongoing research is sure to confirm that it existed well before even that early date.”

“In a bid to prevent further deterioration of this internationally recognised (and cherished) Irish cottage, we are respectfully requesting that Galway County Council add this historic location to the Council’s ‘Register of Protected Structures’ (RPS).”

“Many thousands of people from all around the world are already crying out to see this cottage restored to it’s former beauty (and are willing to help in any way they can).”

“Please, please, make your voice heard by signing this petition and supporting what would be a major step towards achieving the restoration of ‘White O’Morn’ cottage.”

Sign the petition here

Pic: Irish Echo and White O’Morn Foundation USA