The jaunting car featured in the iconic film 'The Quiet Man' has found a home at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa.Pictures courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O’Morn Foundation

By Nick Bramhill

One of Maureen O'Hara's final wishes was honored earlier this week, after the iconic jaunting car, which featured in The Quiet Man, was donated to a museum dedicated to her most famous co-star, John Wayne.

The ancient cart had gone missing for decades after it was used in the 1952 John Ford-directed epic in Cong, Co. Mayo, in several memorable courting scenes between the two late actors.

But the treasured keepsake, dating back over 100 years, was discovered in storage in O'Hara's former home in Glengarriff, Co. Cork, shortly before the actress moved to Boise, Idaho, in the U.S. several years ago.

Conor Fitzsimons, O'Hara's grandson, said he was delighted the well-preserved sidecar has been relocated to the John Wayne Birthplace Museum - in The Duke's hometown of Winterset, Iowa.

Pictures courtesy of Paddy McCormick White O’Morn Foundation

Pictures courtesy of Paddy McCormick White O’Morn Foundation

He said:  "After visiting the birthplace of her lifelong friend and co-star in 2013, my grandmother determined that this would be the ideal facility to exhibit this prized relic from her favorite film of all time."

The sidecar, along with the Connemara Shawl O'Hara wore in The Quiet Man, will be one of the centerpiece attractions at this year's annual birthday celebration for Wayne later this month (May 27 and May 28).

O'Hara, who starred in 64 movies and who was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2014, was 95 when she passed away peacefully in her sleep in Idaho last October.

* Originally pubished in May 2016.