Jim Sheridan presented Brenda Fricker with the inaugural Maureen O’ Hara award at the 9th Kerry Film Festival, which ran from 1–8 November 2008.
Brenda won the 1989 Academy® Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Christy Brown’s mother in Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot in one of the two outstanding, Oscar®-winning performances in the film. Working again with Sheridan she co-starred in The Field, which was based on the play of the same name by John B. Keane.
‘It’s a privilege for me to have Brenda Fricker pick up the inaugural award,’ said Maureen O’ Hara. ‘Brenda has displayed courage and determination throughout her career and her Oscar®-winning role as Mrs. Brown in My Left Foot is one of the great highlights in Irish acting. I’m absolutely delighted that Brenda will accept this award.’