Statement from Maureen O Hara.

The following statement was issued by Maureen O Hara at a press conference in Glengarriff Eccles hotel Thursday July 12th.  This has happened in response to recent reports in the media and Maureen wished to clarify what  exactly is  her personal position at this time.

20 Comments Posted

  1. Shocked and appalled. Can personally testify to the remarkable mental agility and strength of character of Dr O’Hara. Time for the police and the lawyers!

    Comment by Alex Fell [Ms} — July 13, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  2. Dear Miss O’Hara, I am heart broken to hear of the difficulties you are going through. You have given so much pleasure to so many people, not least through your own personality and beauty. I am now 70, and endured a very difficult childhood. Seeing you in the movies, somehow lifted me and helped me get through. I have a photo of you and John Wayne, in my music room. You still have the power to lift me up and make the world a happier place.
    God bless you and may you find people to help you through this awful time. I and many many others are with you in spirit.
    I still have my red hair, much faded now and after merciless teasing as a child, I now love my hair. Seeing you…a gorgeous redhead on the big screen, was amazing to me as a child.
    If I can be of any assistance, I am here for you.
    With fond memories and much love
    Joyce xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Comment by Joyce Harasimiuk — July 13, 2012 @ 9:25 am

  3. Dear Ms. O Hara,
    For what it is worth you are not the first to suffer this injustice. Other major artists like yourself who trusted their lives to others were butchered as a result of that trust. While I may not be able to directly assist in the restoration of your life and rights, I will offer my services on behalf of your charity.
    I am a major events and concerts producer based in the U.S. I would like to offer my services to produce a major benefit to raise funds for your charity. I have a major passion for Ireland (my family is from there), as well as a love of children and a major fan of yours my whole life. If I can bring these three things together to benefit where you put your heart it would be a pleasure and an honor.
    The best of life to you Ms. O Hara and thank you for the magic you brought to this place.
    Michael McIntosh

    Comment by Michael McIntosh — July 13, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  4. I think there are an awful lot of so called trusted advisers and friends that firstly need to take a look at themselves, and then come to understand what the following words really mean,trust,loyalty,devotion and commitment,all found in abundance in that wonderful lady Maureen O’hara,as a life long fan,i’am still coming to terms with this, Maureen you have been a fighter all your life and I know this is another you will win!!!!! god bless you and your family at this difficult time,get this sorted and lets get back to your dream.

    Comment by Howard Day — July 13, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  5. Dear Maureen,

    So Sorry that you’l have to go trough all this,my Prayers are with all conserned, especially with you my dearest friend.

    I hope we will meet soon,maybe at one of David Syme’s Concerts
    that you like so much?

    Love youxx and God Bless he will give you strenght to go trough all of this,

    Betty Timmerman Damiaans.

    Comment by Betty Timmerman Damiaans — July 13, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

  6. You gone though a lot in the life and are a fighter you will come though it in flying colours red being one of them :-)

    God bless u x

    Comment by Darren Waters — July 17, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  7. GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT??? By the comments posted above, the people making them are jumping to the conclusion that the attack upon Ms. Murphy is justified. People in glass houses should not throw stones. Shame on all of you for participating in gossip, slander & libel.

    Do you know any of the facts? Were you at this so called “Press Conference?” Do you know the character of the person claiming Ms. O’Hara has been betrayed? He may not be the upstanding citizen with the credibility you ASSUME he possesses. You are so easily lead down the wrong path. This is how you treat one of your own? It’s astonishing to me that all of you who know Carolyn Murphy, have not offered one word of defense on her behalf.

    I won’t be visiting your village, supporting your businesses, or contributing to your charities this year. Your bad behavior has chased me away.

    Comment by Mary Goodwin — July 24, 2012 @ 5:02 am

  8. Totally agree with Mary Goodwin. Nothing to add. Good luck to Maureen for the future and happy birthday (92 years old August 17).

    Robert Monleau (Romy)

    Comment by Robert MONLEAU — August 20, 2012 @ 7:12 am

  9. Do you know the facts Mary Goodman ? Do you know the character of the person you’re defending ? She may not be the upstanding citizen with the credibility you ASSUME she possesses . I’m afraid you’re the one who’s been lead so easily down the wrong path as I once was . Please refrain from judgement until all the facts are gathered and the truth revealed.

    Comment by Charlie FitzSimons — August 25, 2012 @ 9:35 am

  10. To Mr C FitzSimons, can you please give us any hope that once these sad matters are resovlved, that the festival will be reserected and plans for the legacy centre to continue, as I think I speak for all true fans of Maureen, her name stands for more than just 60 years of film magic it stands as the foundations for all future generations to be able to experiance and enjoy what I have been fortunate to experiance over the years happyness and joy!!!!.

    Comment by Howard Day — September 5, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  11. To who it may concern,
    I am sorry to read about the recent events affecting Ms O’Hara. It seems like a terrible situation for all involved. However how can we as outsiders judge the family when we don’t have possession of all the facts? If it was my mother or my grandmother or my aunt I would want to be sure that she and her affairs were being properly taken care of. If the people involved weren’t ‘famous personalities’, would it even be in the public sphere? I think people should give the family space and let Ms O’Hara enjoy her twilight years.

    Comment by John O'Brien — September 11, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  12. I’m very sorry to hear that Maureen has left Glengarriff (albeit temporarily). I wish her well in the future and with her ongoing legal difficulties. “The truth will out!”.

    Comment by Katie Teehan — September 17, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  13. I fear that things have been ruined for the village. Hopefully things will become clearer after the courts sort this sorry mess out. Best wishes to Ms Maureen O’Hara and hurry home. Your village needs you.

    Comment by Eoin McDonnell — September 18, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

  14. I feel so upset that maureen has all this to contend with and hope it gets resolved soon, my heart and prayers goes with you always. i just hope one day you manage to go back to ireland and finish what you wanted to do.ireland need you and all your fans love you.god bless you and your family shirley greenwood england xx

    Comment by shirley greenwood — October 13, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

  15. To whom it may concern,
    As a close friend of Maureen and her family for more years than I care to remember, I’d just like to reassure her many friends and neighbours in Glengarriff that Maureen has not forgotten all of you. Now that Maureen has control of her life again, she and her immediate family are very anxious to pursue ideas to boost tourism and help the continued growth and success of Glengarriff through a permanent presence of artifacts and memorabilia.
    As Maureen says herself “Bad things can happen to the best of people. All you can do is stand up tall and keep walking”.
    Maureen we’ll meet again in Casey’s someday soon.

    Comment by Maureen Collins — November 7, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

  16. I was shocked hearing all of that. Nothing to add, I just couldn’t believe it. Best wishes to Maureen and all of her family and close neighbours. Hope you will stand up. Have a great and cheerful Christmas.

    Comment by Joanna Czogala — December 18, 2012 @ 4:30 pm


    Great article about Maureen in Boise, Idaho !

    Comment by Charlie FitzSimons — December 24, 2012 @ 4:00 am

  18. Hi Maureen, I am one of your fans from sydney Australia. I watch John and you all the time on my DVD’s. My favourites are The Quiet Man of course along with Rio Grande. I have traced my anscetry back to Arckow in the County of Wicklow and have discovered my Great Great Great Grand parents through help from a Margaret Redwood in the Catholic Parish in Arklow. I intend to fly over there in the near future to visit Arcklow and intend to visit your beautiful village of Glengarriff. I do hope everything is turning out for you and your next of kin. Maureen Collins sounds like a beautiful lady Maureen, people need friends like this, and I hope one day when I am in Ireland I can meet you and give ou a big hug from and australian born Irish boy named Kerry. GOD BLESS YOU MAUREEN, you are in my heart always.Your fan Kerry Pearson

    Comment by Mr Kerry Pearson — April 25, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

  19. Oh I just read the article that you are now living in the States to be near your grand children. Well have a happy healthy LONG life Maureen I adore you dearly.I will still visit Glengarriff and hopefully see the town you love.

    Comment by Mr Kerry Pearson — April 25, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  20. Happy Christmas from Maureen O’Hara and the entire FitzSimons family. God bless !

    Comment by Charlie FitzSimons — December 25, 2013 @ 3:13 am

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