O’Hara invites Hollywood to the shores of West Cork

SCREEN icon Maureen O’Hara will host what is being billed as Europe’s biggest “classic film” festival in her West Cork retreat later this month.

And the flame-haired legend’s name was enough to attract the sons and daughters of some of Hollywood’s greatest stars to Glengarriff for the first Maureen O’Hara Classic Film Festival — a 10-day event celebrating Hollywood’s golden era.

Rory Flynn, daughter of swashbuckler Errol Flynn, confirmed last night that she will present highlights from her book about her father, The Baron of Mulholland.

Pat Shamroy-Shaw, daughter of four-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy will share insights of her father’s life.

Author, actress and former Playboy centrefold Susan Bernard, daughter of legendary photographer Bruno Bernard, will unveil her new book, Marilyn: Intimate Exposures, to mark the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. The book includes 50 never-before-seen photographs of Monroe.

Irish film director Sé Merry Doyle will present his documentary, Dreaming the Quiet Man.

Hundreds of movie buffs are expected to descend on the Dubliner’s adopted home from June 17 to 26 to watch some of the best-loved movies of all time, starring Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Ingrid Bergman, and Errol Flynn.

Audiences will be treated to insights into the making of the movies and behind-the-scenes tales of the actors and directors.

Ms O’Hara will introduce some of her best-known movies, including To The Shores of Tripoli, The Quiet Man and The Black Swan.

The festival takes place at the Glengarriff Eccles Hotel, the Glengarriff Park Hotel and the Cinemax Bantry.

Tickets: 027-63237 or email info@mohcff.com. Tickets will also be on sale at each venue.

* www.maureenoharafoundation.com

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