Maureen O’Hara, the legendary Irish actress, told the press this week that her is dream is to discover the young Irish acting talent at a new drama center to be built in her honor in her west Cork home village.
The Maureen O’Hara Legacy Centre in Glengarriff, County Cork will provide facilities and training for young people interested in pursuing a career in acting.
O’Hara attended the unveiling of a billboard for the project in Glengarriff on Saturday, where the star of iconic movies like The Quiet Man and How Green Was My Valley told the press theater the centers real aim was to discover talented young Irish actors.
"I hope, a year from now, it will be not be us here but whoever we have created as a young star or a young director. We hope that there is going to be talent that comes out and is discovered by Ireland, like in the old days of the Abbey Theatre. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to go out and influence the world."
With her trademark glamour and feistiness intact, she joked with the crowd about the drawbacks of clocking up the years, saying that "old age is a terrible thing, particularly when it strikes you when you are so young".
O'Hara memorabilia that will go on display at the centre will include newspaper articles, O’Hara’s numerous screen awards, and film stills which will include images of her famous co-stars, such as John Wayne.