Born Maureen Fitzsimons in 1920 in Ranelagh, Dublin, Maureen O’Hara is one of the most celebrated Hollywood leading ladies of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. She was also a gifted singer and athlete. Her enormous acting talent—evident from a young age—and her striking beauty helped her land starring roles from her second film. Her lead role as Esmerelda in her fourth film, 1939’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, catapulted her to stardom.
O’Hara also starred opposite some of the most celebrated leading men of the era, including five famous pairings with John Wayne, as well as roles alongside Tyrone Power, John Payne, Rex Harrison, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Brian Keith, Sir Alec Guinness and others.
In 1973, O’Hara decided to retire from acting, taking only a few roles throughout the rest of her life, primarily in made-for-TV movies. She happily managed Antilles Airboats, a company providing commuter seaplane services around the Caribbean, with her husband. She and Blair also traveled the world, and she published a magazine called The Virgin Islander, penning her own column titled “Maureen O’Hara Says.”
A long-overdue Oscar was finally awarded to O’Hara in 2014 in the “Lifetime Achievement” category.
A tribute to a Hollywood icon and friend, Maureen O’Hara, on the centenary of her birth Monday 17th August 2020 in FOYNES FLYING BOAT MUSEUM
Champagne reception with entertainment with Liam O’Brien.
Lunch served using the best of local produce prepared by Executive Chef, Tom Flavin accompanied with Forrestal wines.
Gifts from Brown Thomas & Powers Whiskey
Followed by The First Virtual Fashion Event featuring the Holman Lee Model Agency showcasing a selection of exclusive items from the Hollywood life of Maureen O Hara.
Tickets are limited to just 35 at a cost of €200 per ticket and are available to purchase from the Museum or by contacting 087 2490830.