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Liam Neeson calls for restoration of Irish cottage in The Quiet Man

By Claire McNeilly

Liam Neeson has called for the dilapidated cottage made famous in the movie 'The Quiet Man' to be restored to its former glory.

White O'Morn cottage in Maam, Connemara, has fallen into disrepair over the years and is little more than a pile of stones.

However, the cottage is expected to be declared a protected structure in a vote by Galway County Council next month.

The Ballymena-born Hollywood star sent a message of support to a campaign group that is behind moves to restore the cottage, the centrepiece of the 1952 John Ford-directed classic movie.

"John Ford's classic film 'The Quiet Man' taps into our uniqueness as a race. Not only is it glorious entertainment, it reveals something of our indomitable will as a people," he wrote.

"It has and will continue to leave a lasting impression on me, my family and millions of classic film fans around the world.

"It was with joy that I learned that the film's cottage and site were recently put under State protection, pending a second vote by Galway County Council in July and that the cottage may be restored to its former glory. It has been lying in ruins for many years."

The Taken star added: "This little piece of movie architecture would then shine like a beacon for many generations to come, delighting thousands of tourists with its simple magic and standing as a monument to the great Irish grit, perseverance and welcoming charm that we are known for worldwide."

Nearby Cong in Co Mayo has successfully capitalised on the enduring popularity of the movie, which starred John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

But tourists, many who travel from the US, are frequently left in shock when they see what little is left of the crumbling cottage.

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