So long JR, as Kildare recalls connection with Dallas cowboy

Newbridge Silverware have paid tribute to the late, great, actor Larry Hagman aka JR Ewing who died at a Dallas hospital on Friday after complications with his recent battle with throat cancer.

Newbridge Silverware have paid tribute to the late, great, actor Larry Hagman aka JR Ewing who died at a Dallas hospital on Friday after complications with his recent battle with throat cancer.

The lovable rogue from the 1980s hit TV series visited the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons with his co-star Linda Grey, aka his long suffering wife Sue Ellen, back in 2008.

“We share in the sadness experienced the world over by the death of the legendary Larry Hagman, “ said spokesperson Phil Donnelly.

“Over the years we have the opportunity to greet many notable figures but none left the same indelible footprint on our memories as when in 2008 JR and Sue Ellen graced our visitor centre. We recall vividly the feeling of pure nostalgia that gripped the nation when it was announced that Newbridge Silverware was bringing the Stars of Dallas to Kildare.”

The late Larry Hagman visited Kildare with his wife Mae for just over a week back in 2008 from Tuesday April 22 to Wednesday April 30 and took in Ladies Day at the Puncestown National Hunt Festival. He was a celebrity judge who, alongside Linda Grey, added a touch of Dallas glamour to the panel of the Newbridge Silverware Best Dressed Lady Competition at Punchestown.

“The unforgettable image of Larry wearing his 10 gallon stetson as he greeted thousands of adoring fans in our Museum of Style Icons, will always remain with us and with those who queued for hours for a moment with the man they loved to hate, JR,” she added.

“Likewise, the absolute outpouring of public adoration was palpable at Punchestown Races when Larry and Linda judged the Newbridge Silverware Best Dressed Competition. As the Dallas theme tune played out across the racecourse that day, there was no doubt that this was a memory that would live on in the minds of those present.

The phrase “larger than life” now holds real meaning for us, as Larry and Linda proved during their time here, that the indeed not only were they special actors but indeed special people. Larry will always hold a special place in our Visitor Centre and Museum as he continues to remind us what a true icon Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.”

Mr Hagman is also believed to have been a visitor to Monasterevin during the 1980s when he stayed at a private house there and attended Derby Week at the Curragh.