Famous People

Michael McCann lived on Lamb Island just upstream from the bridge and at a young age c23 became a professor in Saint Jarlaths in Tuam. The battle hymn O Donnell Abu was almost selected for Irelands National Anthem.

Paddy Belton was born in the Lockhouse beside the bridge, emigrated to America and lived and died in California. Memories of Shannonbridge was used on his memorial card.

George Brent was a son of a British officer and was originally known as George Brendan Nolan and was born in Shannonbridge. on March 15, 1904 He spent some time with The Abbey Theatre in Dublin and became involved in the Irish Rising.  He fled to America with a price on his head and spent some time on Broadway before making a move towards the film industry that was thriving in Hollywood. He was 6' 1'' and worked for Warner at the same time as James Cagney, Edward G.Robinson and Humphrey Bogart. His first film was in Rin Tin Tin in 1931 and some of his better known films were Gold is Where You Find It (1938), Dark Victory and The Rains Came (1939) The Spiral Staircase (1946) and Death of a Scoundrel (1956). This was his last film but he appeared in some TV work such as Fireside Theatre and a starring role in Wire Service. Born Again (1978) was his last work. George Brent was married to Ruth Chatterton (1932 - 1934) (divorced) Constance Worth (1937 - 1937) (divorced ) Ann Sheridan (1942 - 1943 ) (divorced).

George had a step brother called Legs Diamond who was also in Hollywood and was famous as a gangster in Al Capones gang in prohibition Chicago.

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