Tuesday 25 October 2016

Maureen to be buried in US beside 'love of her life'

Maureen O’Hara, film icon
Maureen O’Hara, film icon

Hollywood stars will rub shoulders with Irish friends and family as legendary actress Maureen O'Hara (95) is laid to rest in the United States.

The star, who died on October 24 at her home in Idaho, will be buried on Monday beside her late husband and World War II hero, Lt Col Charles Blair.

The former US Air Force officer and test pilot for Grumman was buried with full military honours in Arlington Cemetery in Washington after dying in an air crash in the Caribbean in 1978.

The actress said it was her final wish to be buried beside him as he was the love of her life.

Maureen's Rosary and removal will take place tomorrow evening. Her Requiem Mass is on Monday morning, with her burial at Arlington at 2pm.

Her funeral is expected to attract Hollywood stars of the past and present.

However, it will also be attended by an Irish delegation drawn from friends and neighbours from Cork, Limerick and Dublin.

Amongst those travelling to the funeral is the founder of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Margaret O'Shaughnessy.

friendship "We had nearly 30 years of friendship. That is a long time so I wanted to travel for the funeral for Maureen and her family," she said.

"Charlie Blair, Maureen always told the story, flew the last scheduled seaplane out of Foynes in October 1945 and two days later, October 24, 1945, he flew the first Douglas DC-4 into Rinneanna, now Shannon Airport," Margaret added.

In a twist of fate, Maureen died on the very same day 70 years later.

The actress insisted in 1989 on formally opening the Foynes museum.

The Dublin-born actress appeared in over 83 major films, including The Quiet Man, The Hunchbank of Notre Dame and Rio Grande.

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