Monday, March 17, 2014

The Quiet Man Memorial Statue in Ireland

Happy St. Patricks Day everyone! I wanted to do a holiday related post and what film embodies the spirit of classic Ireland and film more than John Ford's The Quiet Man. Ford's nostalgically idealized view of the Irish countryside is a constantly delightful movie, made all the more delightful due to the gorgeous cinematography and impressive cast led by the great John Wayne and the beautiful Maureen O'Hara. The Quiet Man is one of those rare classics that sometimes is recognized because it has (not surprisingly) a cult following from Irish-Americans who can find nothing wrong with the charming, funny movie that features an American hero and an Irish setting. It's the perfect St. Patrick's Day movie.

I once read in a John Ford biography that Ford (a kind of ornery guy) was actually very found of Ireland. His love of the nation comes out clearly in the film which lovingly portrays the Irish countryside in drop-dead gorgeous technicolor. Its an idyllic world of nostalgia and its pure entertainment at its finest.
Ford filmed The Quiet Man on location in County Mayo, Ireland. Much of the movie was filmed in the quaint village of Cong. When looking into the film I was pleasantly surprised to find that Cong embraces its cinematic history and even offers "Quiet Man tours." In fact, last year, the people of Cong established a statue of John Wayne carrying Maureen O'Hara (making an homage to the famous scene at the end of the film). The statue was sculpted by sculptor Mark Rode, who also made some replicas that were sold to offset the cost of the upkeep of the statue. According to the local town council, the statue pays tribute both to the lovely film and the friendly Irish natives who helped out in the film and contributed to the fantastic finished product.

"Irish Central"

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyable blog, as always!
    I, too, wrote about "The Quiet Man" after my visit to Cong last fall.


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