Maureen O’Hara’s funeral to take place today
The funeral of Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara is set to take place today in Arlington, Virginia, USA.
O’Hara is one of Ireland’s favourite daughters and starred in several classic films from the golden age of Hollywood.
The 95-year-old passed away last month at her home in Idaho, shortly after receiving an honorary Oscar for her services to show business.
She will be buried in Arlington next to her late husband and World War Two hero, Lt Col Charles Blair who she always said was the love of her life.
It was said to be O’Hara’s final wish to be buried next to him.
The Requiem Mass will take place this morning, with the burial a few hours later at around 2pm at Arlington.
Several stars of Hollywood past and present are expected to be in attendance. There will also be a number of people making the trip from Ireland, including friends, family and neighbours of O’Hara’s from Dublin, Cork and Limerick.
Margaret O’Shaughnessy was a close friend of O’Hara’s and is expected to make the journey to America for the funeral.
O’Shaughnessy who is the founder of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, said: “We had nearly 30 years of friendship. That is a long time, so I wanted to travel for the funeral for Maureen and her family.”
Perhaps the most enduring and best loved film of O’Hara’s career was The Quiet Man, one of many she starred in, alongside John Wayne.
The film was described by director John Ford as: “The sexiest film ever made.” It has stood the test of time and is still loved by movie fans all over the world. Many even visit Ireland to see the area that the film was shot.
Towards the end of her life, O’Hara was behind a campaign to restore the iconic cottage that was used in the movie to its former glory.
O’Hara also starred in classics such as Miracle on 34th Street, How Green Was My Valley and The Parent Trap.
Take a look at this video of the time Maureen O’Hara appeared on This is Your Life which first aired in 1957.
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