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Maureen O'Hara

Hollywood legend Maureen O'Hara plans Irish Film School in Cork

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Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara, one of Ireland's greatest actresses, is to unveil plans for a new film school in Cork it has been announced.

The “Quiet Man” star who recently celebrated her 90th birthday is set to outline plans for a film hub in the Cork village of Glengarriff next month.

Cork County Council have donated a 1.5 acre site for new project. The Hollywood legend will unveil a billboard on the site in the coming weeks outlining the details of the 15,000 square foot building.

Speaking about the project, Frank McCarthy, a local accountant and chief executive of the foundation said.

"Our vision is to create this centre, which will be the only film school of its type in Ireland. It will be known as Maureen O'Hara International Film Academy and will house a 120 - seat auditorium. We hope to attract international students to the centre as well as providing workshops given by leading Hollywood actors."

Some funds are already been allocated for the huge project which will require significant funding. It will house Hollywood memorabilia and train budding film stars and directors.

“There's nothing like this in Ireland at the moment, There's plenty of acting schools, but this will be dedicated to all aspects of film making, including editing, producing, scriptwriting, technical skills, camerawork, lighting and sound," McCarthy added.

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