Date Published: 14-Apr-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
The Director’s Chair which was used by John Ford during the making of The Quiet Man in 1951 was donated by Ford’s Irish Godson, John Morris, to the Galway City Museum yesterday.
Mr Morris, who lives in Spiddal, is the son of the late Lord Killanin who worked with Ford on a number of Irish projects including the filming of The Rising of the Moon in Galway city centre in 1957.
Mr Morris, the husband of former RTE presenter Thelma Mansfield, has loaned the chair to the museum for a period of two years as well as donating other pieces of memorabilia from Ford’s time as a film-maker in Ireland.
“I’ve had a lot of stuff belonging to John Ford in the house for a while and my children did not want me to hand over the Director’s Chair,” joked Mr Morris yesterday.
Mr Morris was born during the making of The Quiet Man, when John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara were among a host of Hollywood cast and crew who relocated to the West of Ireland for the filming.
It is among a number of exhibits donated by Mr Morris which are set to feature in a forthcoming exhibition on 100 years of cinema in Galway.
The exhibition is scheduled to open in the summer.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.