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Sunday 4 December 2016

Row over Quiet Man cottage ruin

Property

The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man

A dilapidated cottage made famous by the Quiet Man movie is at the centre of a bitter ownership battle.

The White O'Morn cottage in Maam, Connemara has been owned by American Greg Ebbit since 1985.

For the past two decades the land has been grazed by local man Patrick Keane. He is now asserting a right to the property, which has fallen into serious disrepair, under adverse possession or squatters rights. Mr Keane made the application to the Property Registration Authority last month.

Mr Ebbit has now just two weeks to challenge the application.

Meanwhile, Galway County Councillors will vote next month on whether to add the cottage to the list of protected structures.

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