At the funeral of Ireland’s leading lady Maureen O’Hara at Arlington National Cemetery, the Quiet Man star’s casket was carried by six pallbearers: O’Hara’s grandson, Conor FirzSimons, with whom she lived in Idaho for the last few years of her life; her grand-nephew Kevin Fitzsimmons; her biographer, Johnny Nicoletti; and three men who had traveled from Glengarriff, Co. Cork: Jim Lyne and David O’Sullivan of the Glengarriff Golf Club, and Donal Deasy of Casey’s Hotel. Glengarriff held a special place in O’Hara’s heart. She and her late husband, Captain Charles F. Blair, Jr., bought a house there together in 1970, just eight years before the plane crash that killed Blair and tragically ended their time together.
After his death, O’Hara used the house, Lugdine Park, as a holiday retreat before settling there permanently in 2005.
In October 2014, O’Hara announced that she would be bidding farewell to her native Ireland and moving to the U.S. to live with her grandson and his family in Idaho. Shortly thereafter, Lugdine Park went on the market.
The gorgeous 35-acre property includes a 5-bedroom main house, a private bathing beach, two private islands and over 30 ‘ladies walks.’
It was initially listed with an asking price of $2.45 million (€2.3 million) and sold in September to a UK based couple with family connections to Cork for $1.8 million (€1.6 million).
Thanks to the real estate listing, however, we can take a look inside the home O’Hara loved so dearly and where she spent her last years in Ireland.
When she announced that she would be leaving Ireland, O’Hara shared her memories of Lugdine Park and her fondness for Glengarriff in a statement to the Irish Times.
“I have so many happy memories of Lugdine Park. I will cherish them my whole life and so with a smile, I pass the home on to a lucky family who will love her as much as I do. They have the most wonderful neighbors a person can hope for in Glengarriff,” she said.
“I can never fully express my gratitude for their kindness and the special place each of them holds in my heart. It’s a lovely village filled with wonderful people who are so proud of this magical piece of heaven. She is with me always in my heart.”
* Originally published in 2015.