Irish eyes are smiling down on this place.
Famed Irish actress Maureen O’Hara lived in Boise, Idaho, when she died in October, 2015 at the age 95, but her ‘home sweet home‘ was always her Irish estate named Lugdine Park. O’Hara owned the County Cork property for 45 years.
O’Hara purchased Lugdine Park with her husband Captain Charles F. Blair Jr. in 1970. Tragically, just eight years later, Blair was killed in a plane crash.
O’Hara continued to use Lugdine Park as a holiday getaway until she decided to take up residence there full-time in 2005. The estate is located outside the town of Glengarrif, in the south of Ireland.
The elderly O’Hara put the property up for sale in the fall of 2014 so that she could move permanently to Idaho to be closer to family.
The extensive property includes a five-bedroom, 3,665-square-foot main house and guest cottage, two private islands, and a private beach on 35 acres, bordering Glengarriff Golf Club.
O’Hara was notoriously fond of Lugdine Park. And what sentimental Irish heart wouldn’t be?
She listed her home for $2 million; it eventually sold for $1.8 million just a couple of months before she died.
Have a look inside…
That right there is the ultimate spot for contemplation.
The house was built in 1935 by the son of Irish businessman William Martin Murphy, who created the Irish Independent newspaper.
I love the feel of this place. It’s what all my Irish country house fantasies look like. The old school kitchen, the sweeping views. The sad, sparse elegance.
O’Hara made the following statement to the Irish Times before her death:
“You miss Ireland for all your life when you leave. I miss looking out my bedroom window at the boats coming in and eating at Casey’s.”
I can practically taste the corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. sigh.
R.I.P Maureen O’Hara, our favorite red-headed leading lady from the Golden Age of Hollywood.