Irish legend of the silver screen Maureen O’Hara’s gorgeous Co. Cork home has been sold. Lugdine Park, the Quiet Man star’s estate in Glengarriff, Co. Cork, sold to a UK based couple with family connections to Cork for $1.8 million (€1.6 million) – close to one third below the original asking price of $2.6 million (€2.3 million) listed when it went on the market last October.
The buyers plan to use the 45-acre, 5 bedroom property as a holiday home, the Irish Times reports.
In a statement to the newspaper, O’Hara recalled her fond memories of Lugdine Park, which she purchased with her late husband Charles Blair in 1970.
“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.”
O’Hara lived in Lugdine Park on and off until 2005, when she made it her permanent home. It went on the market last October following the now 95 year old star’s decision to move to the US to live with her family in Idaho.
The selling agent with firm Sherry FitzGerald Country Estates, Roseanne deVere Hunt, commented “Because of its proximity to Cork airport we are more likely to be competing with Cornwall as a holiday home location than other parts of Ireland.”