Farewell Quiet Man

Well it’s the end of an era. Monday is my last day working in The Quiet Man Museum. I still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that I’ll be finishing up and moving to Canada. I don’t know where the last three summers went to; time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve certainly had a blast tour guiding.

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For those of you who don’t know the film, The Quiet Man was made in 1951, directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara. The film tells the story of John Wayne’s character coming home to buy his ancestral home and falling in love with Maureen O’ Hara’s character in the process.

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This quaint, romantic film was shot around the small village of Cong in Co. Mayo, Ireland. Little did the cast and crew know that they would be making one of the best all time films and that sixty-five years later it would have a cult following. It’s a film I’ve fallen in love with.

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I’ve met some wonderful people and made some good friends along the way. Mateli Lopez (who has the biggest crush on John Wayne; she actually sends her husband out of the room if John Wayne is on TV so she can be on her own 😲) and Toss from Co. Cork (who threatened to send his wife to some slimming classes!) spring to mind. Mateli and I are Facebook friends now. All are Quiet Man Crazies in my eyes!

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My most memorable moment was a proposal last summer. And no it wasn’t me who was proposed to. I gave a tour to two lovely couples. We arrived at the last stop of the tour where I like to re-enact one of the scenes from the film. I picked the younger couple to kiss and the gentleman from the mature couple to be the matchmaker.

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I explained to them what was happening in the scene, made the matchmaker say his lines and told the young couple that I wanted to see the biggest kiss in cinema history. Next thing I know the young gentleman is down on one knee asking his girlfriend to marry him, she’s in hysterics and the mature couple and I are looking on in excitement and anticipation for her answer.

Thankfully she said yes. I had no idea that he had planned to propose to his girlfriend. He told me afterwards that he was going to pop the question inside the museum. In my opinion the way it turned out was much better. It couldn’t have been more perfect and I was so glad to have been apart of that special moment in their lives. That’s why I have no pictures of the moment.

I’m going to miss Gerry and Margaret, two of the nicest people I’ve ever worked for; Mary who worked in the gift shop with me, we had some laughs; all the CIE bus drivers/tour guides; the view from the museum entrance and of course Aisling, Jon, Louise and Thirza from the Hungry Monk, they do the best food and hot chocolate in town.

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Marteen x

I'm saying a fond farewell to The Quiet Man Museum where I've worked as a tour guide for the past three summers.

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