60 years after Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne filmed the opening scenes of the famous The Quiet Man at a Galway railway station, it's now fallen into disrepair and locals are desperately trying to raise funds to save this piece of Irish film history.
Known as “Castletown” in the film, Ballyglunin station is between Athenry and Tuam and the community recently started a crowdfunding drive to raise €30,000 for a new roof.
And now none other than Liam Neeson has offered his support of the project and calls for people to donate to the cause.
"I have been a professional actor for over 40 years, and during that time I have had the great fortune to have made over 70 films with many world renowned directors. Of all those directors, I would say 60 of them have said that John Ford's, The Quiet Man, is in their top 5 list of favorite and influential films. The movie has become part of Irish folklore and is justifiably and rightly called a Classic film.
The Ballyglunin train station in Co. Galway played a significant part in that film. The station is now showing its age, and requires urgent repair. We must save this iconic building, otherwise it will be lost.
Plans for when the station is repaired include having it as a wedding venue, and possibly developing it into an arts centre.
H/T: Today FM