On Wednesday July 27th, set amidst the exquisite setting of Ashford Castle, two of the Silver Screens greatest icons were celebrated - John Wayne and Maureen O`Hara
During a special event titled “ The Quiet Man Tribute Event”, these two legends were once again remembered as Allied Imports / Tipperary Crystal launched “The Quiet Man Cap Collection” and “The Maureen O`Hara Jewellery Collection”.
The location of the event was indeed poignant, as these two lifelong friends filmed a series of scenes for the renowned movie on site at the Ashford Castle Estate.
Notably, Brendan Grace, top Irish comedian, represented Maureen`s family at the event and accepted an especially commissioned Tribute trophy created by Tipperary Crystal. Brendan delivered a very engaging keynote address, reminiscing about his long time friendship with the legend and reminding all of Maureen`s incredible wit and indeed love of her Irish heritage.
Also in attendance was the current Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan, a long time fan of “The Quiet Man” - Elysha reminded all guests that Maureen once sang the “Rose of Tralee” song on the Andy Williams show, back in the 1960`s.
On the day the proceedings commenced with the launch of the Quiet Man Cap Collection and Maureen O`Hara Jewellery range, at Mrs Teas`s Boutique and Bakery.
Having been introduced by Johnny Nicoletti, Maureen`s Manager and Biographer - Allied Imports, MD, Robbie Scanlan and John Wayne`s son, Ethan agreed to collaborate on this exclusive Cap collection. Deriving inspiration from the caps worn by John Wayne, during the movie, it is believed that this collection will be the ideal medium to introduce the movie to a modern day audience.
Notably, the flat cap is very on trend at the moment being favoured by modern day fashion icons such as David Beckham and Connor McGregor.
Only the finest materials and a special wool blend has been created for the caps. Each hat is individually hand crafted and the caps come in chequered, hounds tooth, tartan and herringbone designs. Available in three sizes, each hat is handmade and moulded to fit with an exacting quality that is second to none. Furthermore, as a seal of approval, each hat bears the official “Quiet Man Cap Collection” label . The caps retail at €20 and will be available throughout the country (visit www.tipperarycrystal.ie)
Under the umbrella of Tipperary Crystal (a subset of Allied Imports) - the beautiful Maureen O`Hara Jewellery Range was created. Facilitated and endorsed by Maureen’s grandson, Conor Beau FitzSimons - this collection is inspired by the stars legendary beauty and by the golden age of Hollywood that Maureen represented. As a proud business partner of Allied Imports/Tipperary Crystal, Conor had hoped to attend the event but as a result of his mother’s sudden passing, it was no longer possible for him to attend the launch.
The Maureen O`Hara Collection consists of a range of pendants and earrings, featuring enduring symbols of Ireland - the Trinity Knot, the Claddagh and the Shamrock.
Each piece comes complete in exquisite packaging, bearing Maureen`s likeness and her signature - the ultimate seal of approval.
Ranging in price from €20 - €30, the range is available from Tipperary Crystal Stockist nationwide. Speaking at the event, Allied Imports MD, Robbie Scanlan noted “We are very honoured to be associated with the incredible legacy of John Wayne and Maureen O`Hara. Their collaboration on the movie “The Quiet Man” will always be remembered worldwide, as will their enduring friendship. It is our wish, that through these two collections, a whole new audience will begin to appreciate this legacy and that their memory will live on. We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to Conor Beau Fitzsimons, Johnny Nicoletti and Ethan Wayne, for their ongoing support in bringing these collections from concept to reality and look forward to future collaborations.
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