Known as ‘Ireland’s first film star’, Maureen O’Sullivan was born only yards from King House. Her father, Charles, was an adjutant in the Connaught Rangers and the family lived three doors down the street where the future film legend was born.
She starred in 70 films but is perhaps best remembered for her turn as Jane Parker in the Tarzan films of yesteryear alongside Johnny Weismuller.
When she returned to her hometown in 1988, crowds thronged the street for a glimpse of the Boyle girl turned superstar. She planted a tree across the street from King House and it grows there still.
The lovely exhibition on display in King House tells her life story.