";s:4:"text";s:3244:" ‘Get up, Stephen. But he got lucky, he got saved and that’s why I’m here.”His father would tell the youthful McGann: “You don’t know you’re born.” “He was right. To escape the suffocating effects of home, Mark also turned to acting — going once a week to a young people’s drama group at the back of Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.I watched him stumble away. It might have changed things.’ As her pregnancy progressed through its early months, her bump grew unusually large.Eventually, my mum invited him to move back in with her. See all photos. Mark and I spent all our waking hours at the Everyman.
She raced home and told Joe what the GP had said, and offered to help lift some of the stresses of life from his shoulders.Back home, he and Mum had re-established polite relations after we’d all moved away. Yet, that series marked a turning-point.The McGann brothers as the Phelan brothers for the BBC series The Hanging GaleMcCann clan: Actor brothers Joe, Stephen, Mark and Paul with their mother Clare (pictured)Mark soon found his own success. Meanwhile, his brother James, McGann’s great-uncle, worked in the engine room of the Titanic and miraculously survived the sinking by balancing on the overturned hull of the very last lifeboat.
“I adored my father, but he was flawed.
Your babies died.
“Ever since I was a teenager, I wanted to go back in time and find out where my ancestors came from in Ireland. ‘He confirmed it, and then told me to come back at six months. Then I realised it was a posh name for starvation.”His great-great-grandparents had fled the potato famine in Co Roscommon, only to be forced to watch child after child starve to death in Liverpool. But The Hanging Gale put paid to any illusion about a collective professional destiny. I can’t.
Because my generation was the pampered one, the privileged one, insulated against the brutality of the slum streets, the beach in France and the lack of antibiotics.”
Sometimes you could taste it in the air like acrid smoke.She simply declared the divorce void. No scans, no checks, nothing.It had been just eight months since their wedding day.
In that short time, all Mum’s hopes for joy had arrived stillborn.By that September, my mother could take no more. We were astonished. And that seemed to be that.And today? It was very kind because the family had to agree to let the little things go in with them.
Once started, the tears wouldn’t stop. He didn’t get drunk or fly into rages. He is the younger brother of actors Joe McGann, Paul McGann and Mark McGann. He won’t remember his own name tomorrow. His three younger brothers – Paul, Mark and Stephen – are also actors. My father’s brooding depression and restless anxiety returned. Joe McGann, Mark McGann and Paul McGann. It was hard for us both.’Yet what my father lacked in tenderness and technique, he made up for in fertility. The next thing he remembered was waking up in Leicester Infirmary.