“Lights! Camera! Action!”
Who would have thought that a movie made in this quaint little town of Cong would live on in the hearts of the locals, and in the history of the area? It seems like not much has changed in Cong since "The Quiet Man" movie was made in 1951, except its celebrity and a whimsical statue depicting John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
We had a grand tour of the actual locations of various movie scenes that starred some local people, as well as the Hollywood stars - the river, the house of the dying man, Cohan's Bar and the streets where the action took place. We also saw some of the original furnishings (or reproductions?) from the movie - the bed, bicycle, half-green door - in the museum/gift shop. Our group had a chance to put on some of the period costumes and reinact parts of the movie by a guide whose enthusiasm was as vivid as his knowledge. After all, his family had taken part in the movie as extras!
This was great fun to share some of Ireland's proud Hollywood history.