it is not every day you bump into legendary movie star like Maureen O’Hara, never mind serenade her in the lounge of the Hotel Keadeen in Newbridge!
That is exactly what happened to lifelong fan and Musical Director Owen C Lynch of Newbridge Musical Society who was lucky enough to meet the Hollywood star, of such films as ‘The Quiet Man’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ in the bar after the society’s gala fund raising concert last Thursday night.
“I was starstruck for the first time in my life,” he said.
“It was my friend Teresa Brophy who immediately noticed Maureen in the lounge, and thought it would be lovely to present Maureen with a copy of the wonderful Cork tenor Dave Maguire’s latest CD.”
Next thing they knew Dave was serenading the Hollywood beauty with a Percy French number which was quickly followed by a duet with Owen.
“Dave presented her with the CD which appeared to please her very much,” he said. “Dave then began to sing one of Percy French’s famous songs, the beautiful Gortnamona. It was such a beautiful scene – just like a scene from an old MGM movie – Maureen was sitting in the middle of the lounge surrounded by her team, Dave was standing in front of her singing while the society members and friends looked on. We both then chose the beautiful serenade from the hit Mario Lanza film ‘The Student Prince’.”
According to Owen the flamed haired sliver screen legend, and recently appointed ambassador for Newbridge Silverware who is now in her 90’s and has a soprano voice, was delighted to have been seranaded.
“We could tell as soon as we started singing that she was very pleased,” he said. “She thanked us for our beautiful performance and told us how much she enjoyed our singing – one of her team said it was the perfect finale to their visit. We said our goodbyes and as she left the lounge to make her way to her room, we all lined the corridor and applauded the great lady. This was truly a magical moment we will cherish and remember for the rest of our lives.”
Meanwhile Owen and his Paradisum chamber choir and orchestra present their annual Christmas concert ‘O Holy Night’ at St Conleth’s Parish Church in Newbridge on Sunday 18 December at 8.30pm.
“This eagerly awaited concert which also features tenor Dave Maguire is hugely popular so early booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment,” he added. Tickets available from Newbridge Parish Centre 431121 or from Veronica 087 7940850
See page 35 for the Leinster Leader photo diary from the Musical Society’s gala fund raising concert.