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March 17, 2006


Rodney Kincaid

I want the words to the

Mush Mush song?

Kincaid in Ohio
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Frank Warner

OK, Rodney:

"Mush-Mush-Mush Tural-i-addy"


It was there that I learned all me courtin’
Many lessons I took in the art
Till Cupid, the blackguard, while sportin’
An arrow drove straight through me
Mush, mush, mush, tural-i-addy
Me mush, mush, mush, tural-i-ay

So I lathered him with me shillelagh
For he trod on the tail of me
Mush, mush, mush, tural-i-addy.
And just like the Dingle for gold,
I lathered him with me shillelagh
For he trod on the tail of me coat.

June Beck

About 10 years ago after researching the life and career for a magazine article I was writing, I decided to build a website to honor Maureen O'Hara. The site became very popular and evolved into the "official site" and a friendship with Ms. O'Hara and her family. With Maureen's input I was able present accurate historical information. It has truly been a labor of love. I can't believe that this many years have passed and we still get many visitors to the site from all over the world. Maureen O'Hara has a film legacy that has endured and "The Quiet Man" is a classic that becomes more dear with each generation.

Frank Warner

Thanks, June. I hope Maureen O'Hara is in good health.


I always wanted to married a woman like Maureen O'Hara. I think her other roles with John Wayne were just as equally important. I didn't realize she was still alive?

Frank Warner

Last I heard, she was living in Dublin, but in "The Quiet Man" commentary, she sounds as if she's living in the United States and visits Ireland often.

June Beck's Web site might have the answer.

In her commentary, Maureen O'Hara says that, of all the adult characters in the film, she is the last alive, "thank God." (She meant she's thankful to be alive, not that the others are dead.) She's 86 years old.

And yes, O'Hara and Wayne were good in other movies, most especially "Rio Grande." (And remember, before she did anything with Wayne, she was Esmeralda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," the 1939 classic, and she was the skeptical mother in "Miracle on 34th Street," the 1947 classic.)

I remember Tom Snyder's TV interview of Maureen O'Hara about 10 years ago. Snyder got to talking weirdly about that bed in "The Quiet Man," and about O'Hara's bed today. The questions were borderline bad taste, and Snyder went on and on as O'Hara gracefully dodged his nonsense.


I'm surprised she didn't knock the fool on his arse. There are certain liberties you can take with an Irish woman and some you can't. Cross the line and you'll know it.

I think a few of our American ladies could take some lessons from the Irish in lady manners.

Oh I forgot...bare commando is the new wave.

Frank Warner

June Beck has written me.

She says Maureen O'Hara lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Kit Joslyn

Hi! Thanks for the words to the songs although some are missing I remember most. My dad 1st generation US from irish parents loved this movie as well as McClintock. He also loved Irish music and once while traveling on business in Juno Alaska found an old timer "Klondike Katie" who played it in a bar for him. I love Maureen OHara and think she is a real Leading Lady in every sense on the word. Too bad there are so few like her in todays Hollywood.

Kit Joslyn

I meant to post the song was MUSH MUSH MUSH.

Frank Warner

Oh, I get it. Klondike Katie played "Mush Mush Mush" for your dad. Great!


Shouldn't the last verses of the song 'the humour is on me now' be "the humour is off me now"?

Frank Warner

Xavier has a good point! I seem to recall a line like that in the movie version of the song.

Man, you can't keep track of everything.

I'll have to check!

Frank Warner

Thanks to Xavier's comment, I took another look at "The Quiet Man" and found that the song "The Humour is On Me Now" does end up saying "The humour is off me now."

Apparently, the farmer's daughter of the song ultimately regretted her marriage. The humour was off!


Hey! Does anyone happen to know what book the priest is reading from to Dan Tobin (old man)when he pops up out of bed towards the end of the film?

Frank Warner

The story may be referring to the prehistoric Irish king, Conn of the Hundred Battles. But I can't find a specific book.

It also might be from the writings of Homer.

A good question. I'd call it a trivia question, but it seems better than that.

Frank Warner

Here is what is being read in that scene:

“... hands of a hundred battles, eye on a thousand besides...”

“... stood alone on the victorious field, his buckler bent...”

“... his broken sword clutched in his mighty hand...”

“... the blood of a thousand wounds oozing from his open veins...”

Who is that about? I don't know.

Update to this comment: These words are based on an online "Quiet Man" script that is generally reliable, but seems to have transcribed these words incorrectly. Instead of “... hands of a hundred battles, eye on a thousand besides...” it should read “... Conn of a hundred battles -- aye, and a thousand besides.”

So these words have to be about Ireland's legendary first king, Conn. Whether the words are being read from a specific book is not known -- so far.


Hello-- I was wondering, could you name the traditional tune that is repeated ever-faster to the crescendo in the "Finale And End Title" to THE QUIET MAN. The whole score is one of my favorites in all of Victor Young's output (right up there with THE UNINVITED), and I've heard that tune a million times without knowing its name -- it's quoted about 1:10 into the Finale and End Titles and repeated ever more vigorously through to the end. Thank you!

Frank Warner

Bruce, I believe that is Beethoven's "The Pulse of an Irishman."

I'll have to give it another listen.


Fr Paul is reading about "Conn of the Hundred Battles" to the old man in bed. Check Wikipedia for more, there is a lot about it.

Frank Warner

What's the link to Wikipedia? I don't see any Wikipedia mention that "Conn of the Hundred Battles" was quoted in "The Quiet Man."

Irish Music

One of the best Irish films of all time!
Did wonders for the tourist industry in Ireland!

Mr. Bacon And Cabbage...

K. Black

What did Maureen O Hara wisper to John Wayne at the end of the movie?

Frank Warner

Maureen O'Hara says she'll never tell. But it did seem to brighten John Wayne's face!

Alan Park

Fantastic piece of nostalga reading all this from you guys.
I warms the heart so it does.I'm aged forty-four now and it was always one of my favourite films.When I was a good bit younger I remember watching Maureen playing opposite Quazi (Chick Laughton) and I fell instantly in love with her (I was about nine or ten at the time of watching it on t.v). Needless to say even to this day ''I still fancy Maureen'' and I think it's the only person I ever felt strongly about, excepting my own wife of course :)
She's great and it's real nice to hear that Maureen is alive and well.
I wonder if she'd accept an invitation to dinner ?
Smashing lady. (I'm Scottish, from Glasgow)

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