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Please add the 200 year-old cottage/curtilage located at Tiernakill, Maam, to the Council's Record of Protected Structures (RPS)

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This cottage, located at Tiernakill, Maam, County Galway, will forever be associated with John Ford's classic 1952 movie 'The Quiet Man' starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.  Sadly, Sean Thornton and Mary Kate's "wee humble cottage" currently lies in ruin.

But did you know that 'The Quiet Man' cottage was – in reality – AN ACTUAL HISTORIC FAMILY HOME DATING BACK TO THE PRE-1820s? The Joyce family were still living in the cottage at the time the movie was being made.

Historic records show the cottage existing on the same site as far back as 1820.  Ongoing research is sure to confirm that it existed well before even that early date.

In a bid to prevent further deterioration of this internationally recognised (and cherished) Irish cottage, we are respectfully requesting that Galway County Council add this historic location to the Council's 'Record of Protected Structures' (RPS).

According to Council's own official guidelines a ‘Protected Structure’ is: "A structure that a planning authority considers to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social, or technical point of view. It may be a building OR PART of a building which is of significance because of its architectural or artistic quality, or its SETTING, or because of its association with commercial, cultural, economic, industrial, military, political, social or religious history".

This location's real-life history combined with its international recognition and association with 'The Quiet Man' movie creates a very special marriage of history, culture and art – which fulfils the Council's specific criteria in a totally unique way.

Many thousands of people from Ireland and all around the world are already crying out to see this cottage restored to it's former beauty (and are willing to help in any way they can).

Please, please, make your voice heard by signing this petition and supporting what would be a major step towards achieving the restoration of 'White O'Morn' cottage.

Thank you, Paddy McCormick (Belfastman in Toronto)

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