Maureen O’Sullivan

Known as ‘Ireland’s first film star’, Maureen O’Sullivan was born within a stone’s throw of 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. She returned to her hometown in 1988. Crowds thronged the street for a glimpse of the Boyle girl turned superstar and she planted a tree across the street from King House. It grows there still. Sadly, she died from complications following surgery in 1998. She was a true starlet of the silver screen and is remembered fondly by the people of Boyle.