You’ll be feeling All Shook Up by Maurice’s huge Elvis collection

by Sylvia Pownall

Elvis superfan Maurice Colgan is on a mission to share his lifelong collection of Presley memorabilia with the world.

The 77-year-old has thousands of items crammed into his home in Mooretown, Swords, which has become a mini-museum to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Now, Maurice – who was behind getting a statue of a young Elvis erected in his Mississippi hometown more than 20 years ago – wants everyone to see it.

He told Dublin Gazette: “I’ve been collecting the records and magazines since 1957 and got into the memorabilia side of it after I won a trip to Graceland in 1997.

“It’s mainly in my living room. I have a 24ft-long wall totally covered in Elvis material – books, records, CDs, DVDs, letters, prints, paintings.

“I’ve already had a few Elvis fans visit, but I’d love a permanent place like a library to exhibit it all. I’m getting on a bit now and I wouldn’t mind donating some of it.”

Maurice has kept letters from Elvis movie co-star Dolores Hart, who starred opposite him in Loving You and King Creole, going back more than 20 years.

His letter to the Mayor of Tupelo in January 2001 suggesting a statue of Elvis as a boy resulted in a life-sized bronze statue being unveiled. The sculptor sent Maurice a replica as a thank-you.

The same sculptor would later send Maurice’s late wife, Maureen, who remained a lifelong fan of The King until her death in 2015, a replica of his ‘Elvis at 3’ statue.

Maurice said: “There’s thousands upon thousands of items. It’s amazing the amount of stuff there is, that if it was showcased properly … it would be fantastic.”

If you would like to view Maurice’s Elvis collection, contact him at 01 840 3685 or via his Facebook page.

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