In 1952 John Wayne immortalised the character of Sean Thornton as 'The Quiet Man'. Now the search is on for a lookalike to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film.

Seven men fought it out for the honour of carrying the Thornton torch.

Paddy Rock, competition organiser, outlines exactly what they're looking for in a John Wayne lookalike. He should be tall, slim, have a knowledge of the film, and look like John Wayne did at the time. 

Contestant Frank Sands says he was drawn to the competition as it is a film he can identify with, from marriage to fighting over land.  

Another contestant Paul Kelly explains his reasons for entering the competition.

My wife said... always thought I was a bit of a cowboy so she said she'd entered me in the competition.

This report also includes an interview with Doreen Byrne, a Maureen O'Hara look alike.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 August 2002. The reporter is Anne Marie Green.