A local group is asking the Galway County Council to put a preservation order on a cottage made famous by the 1951 film "Quiet Man," reports the Galway Advertiser.

The thatched cottage near Maam was the main location for the John Ford film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and it is in need of major restoration.

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, a member of the group, says the organization hopes to acquire the cottage for the Irish State.

In a letter to the conservation office of Galway County Council, the senator said that the group, led by Mike Ward, has been working for some time to acquire the famous cottage.



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She also outlined that both she and Minister Jimmy Deenihan made several efforts to contact the American owner of the house, Gregory Ebbitt, but were unsuccessful.

“In the meantime the cottage is falling apart,” she writes. “In fact it appears to be almost 75 percent gone. There are many things we have to do to restore the 'Quiet Man' cottage to its former glory. However, a preservation order is something practical that we can do in the short term.”

The senator stated she would be delighted if the Galway County Council would initiate the process to put a preservation order on the cottage.