The Quiet Man Film and the quiet man behind the prose – Maurice Walsh

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The Quiet Man Film and the quiet man behind the prose – Maurice Walsh

The Wikipeadia entry for the film The Quiet Man states:

The Quiet Man is a 1952 American Technicolor romantic comedy-drama film. It was directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. It was based on a 1933 Saturday Evening Post short story by Maurice Walsh. The film is notable for its lush photography of the Irish countryside and the long, climactic, semi-comic fist fight between Wayne and McLaglen.” sums up Maurice Walsh in the following paragraphs:

Maurice Walsh was born on April 21st 1879 in Ballydonoghue, near Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was a well regarded Irish author and is best known for writing the original short story “The Quiet Man” which was made into an Oscar nominated movie in 1952 starring Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald and directed by John Ford.


Maurice grew up in a three roomed thatched farmhouse with his parents John Walsh and Elizabeth Buckley and 9 siblings. He was the third child and the first son in the family. He attended school in Lisselton and later at St Michael’s College in Listowel. In 1901, he began working in England as an Assistant Revenue Officer in the Customs and Excise office, later being transferred to the Scottish Highlands.


While working in Scotland Maurice began writing and started sending stories to the Irish Emerald around 1908. The same year he married Caroline Begg in Dufftown, Banffshire, Scotland. In 1922, shortly after Ireland became a Free State, Maurice was transferred to Dublin. He wrote his first novel, “The Key Above the Door” in 1923. Nearly all of his stories were based on the West of Ireland or the Highlands of Scotland.


In 1935, he sold his first story to the Saturday Evening Post in the US. That story was Green Rushes, incorporating The Quiet Man. 1n 1936, American Director, John Ford read the story and purchased the rights to it for $10 taking another sixteen years before his dream of adapting the story to film would become a reality.


Maurice Walsh went on to write over 20 books and short stories. He died on February 18th 1964 in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. He was interred at Esker cemetery, Lucan, Co. Dublin. President Eamon de Valera attended his funeral.”

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