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The Irish in the Movies

Maureen O'HaraIrish Americans in the 20th century also had a great influence on American culture through literature, the movies and the arts.  In the first half of the 20th century, Irish and Irish American actors, directors and playwrights, shaped the Irish and indeed the American identity.  John Ford, the great director of westerns such as Stagecoach and The Searchers was the son of immigrants from County Galway and the Aran Islands.  He explored Irish themes in his memorable movie The Quiet Man, starring Dublin born actress Maureen O’Hara.  Maureen O’Hara made many important films including How Green Was My Valley, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Miracle on 34th Street.  The list of 20th Century actors from Bing Crosby to Joan Cusack with Irish roots is simply too long for these pages.  However, their influence will continue well into the next century.

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