Noteworthy Flanagans

There are many who bear the name "Flanagan" (in one of its various spellings) who have acheived a level of success in their chosen fields. Here, we offer a few of them in an alphabetical order:

Andrew Flanagan
Screen Actor from Glasgow, Scotland. Brother of screen actor, Tommy Flanagan. Played Connor Doyle in the British TV series, "Tinsel Town" (2000). (Born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, April 16, 1969 - Married Sarah Elizabeth Butler, April 17, 2004)
Andy Flannagan
Andy is an Irish singer songwriter whose current (2005) role is as Youth For Christ's national songwriter/performer/worship leader.
Augustin Flanagan
Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1865. "Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company A, 55th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Chapins Farm, Va., 29 September 1864. Entered service at: Chest Springs, Pa. Birth: Cambria County, Pa. Date of issue: 6 April 1865. Citation: Gallantry in the charge on the enemy's works: rushing forward with the colors and calling upon the men to follow him; was severely wounded."
Barry Flanagan
An eccentric sculptor who characterized himself as "an English-speaking, itinerant European sculptor." In an often quoted statement published in Studio International in 1967 he wrote: "One merely causes things to reveal themselves to the sculptural awareness. It is the awareness that develops, not the agents of the sculptural phenomena." (RA, OBE, sculptor; Born Prestatyn, North Wales January 11, 1941; married Sue Lewis (marriage dissolved 1997, died 2002, two daughters); one son, one daughter with Renate Widmann; died Santa Eulalia, Ibiza August 31, 2009.)
Bill Flanagan
Bill Flanagan is senior vice president of the VH1 cable network and the author of about a dozen books; most of them focused on the music business.
David Webster Flanagan
Texas senator and Republican leader following the American Civil War. (Born in Cloverport Breckenridge Co., Kentucky, U.S. of A., January 9, 1832 - died in Henderson, Texas, U.S. of A., May 5, 1924 - Married (1) Elizabeth Graham, (2) Sallie Ware.
Dennis Flanagan,
Editor of "Scientific American" from 1947 to 1984 (Born in New York, U.S. of A., July 22, 1919 - died of prostate cancer in New York, U.S. of A., January 14, 2005)
Father Flanagan Fr. Edward Joseph Flanagan
Father Flanagan of Boy's Town, Nebraska. "I do not believe that a child can be reformed by lock and key and bars, or that fear can ever develop a child's character." He was the subject of the famous movie, Boys Town, starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney, from 1938. (Born on Leabeg farm, Galway County (just across the River Suck from Ballymoe, Roscommon County), Ireland, July 13,1886 - Died of a heart attack in Berlin, Germany, May 15, 1948 - Buried at Boys Town, Nebraska, U.S. of A., May 21, 1948)
Edward S. Flanagan
An American politician from Vermont. In 2004, Flanagan was elected to the Vermont State Senate, representing Chittenden County. (Born December 18, 1950)
Edward Vance (Bud) Flanagan
Born Edward Flanagan, Dennis O'Keefe was a lithe, brash, charming, tall, rugged lead actor. Appeared in bit roles in more than 50 films under the name Bud Flanagan. He changed his name to Dennis O'Keefe in 1937 and went on to play leads in numerous films. (Born Edward Vance Flanagan in Fort Madison, Iowa, U.S. of A., March 29, 1908 - Died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California, August 31, 1968, U.S. of A. - Married (1) Louise Stanley - (2) Steffi Duna in 1940)
Fionnula Flanagan
Actress on stage and screen. Credited with more than 50 performance roles. (Born Fionnghuala Flanagan in Dublin, Ireland, December 10, 1941 - Married Dr. Garrett O'Connor, 1972)
James Roderick O'Flanagan
An author on Irish subjects. (Born in Fermoy Ireland, Sept. 1, 1814 - Died in Fermoy Ireland, 1900)
James Flannigan
Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1897. "Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn., 15 February 1863. Entered service at: Louisville, Scott County, Minn. Birth: New York. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train."
James Winwright Flanagan
A prominent Civil-War Era politician in Texas. He was a close friend of Sam Houston, served in both houses of the Texas legislature, and both houses of the U. S. legislature, as well. (Born in Gordonsville, Albemarle County, Virginia, U.S. of A., September 7, 1805 - died in Longview, Texas, U.S. of A., September 19, 1887. Married (1) Polly Miller Moorman, 1826 - (2) Elizabeth Ware, abt. 1850 - (3) Elizabeth Lane. He was the father of eleven children.)
Jennifer Flanagan
Jennifer Flanagan was elected in 2004 to represent the 4th Worcester District, consisting of the City of Leominster, in the Massachusetts State Legislature. (Born in Leominster, Massachusetts, U.S. of A.)
Joe Flanigan
Actor who plays (2004-2008) the part of (at first, Major; now Lieutenant Colonel) John Sheppard on the TV-series "Stargate Atlantis."
John Flannagan
Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1878. Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1852, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Supply, Flannagan rescued from drowning David Walsh, seaman, of Le Havre, France, 26 October 1878.
John Bernard Flannagan
American Sculptor. While living in Ireland, he mastered the technique of carving stones that he scavenged from the Irish countryside. His aim was "to produce a sculpture that hardly feels carved, but rather to have always been that way. (Born in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S. of A., April 7, 1895 - died in New York, New York, U.S. of A., a suicide, January 6, 1942)
John F. Flanagan
American Sculptor and Medalist. From 1890 to 1895 he worked as an assistant to the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. His lasting legacy is his 1932 design of the Washington Quarter, a U.S. Quarter Dollar coin. (1865-1952)
John J. Flanagan
Member of the New York State Senate. Prior to being elected to the New York State Senate, Senator Flanagan served in the New York State Assembly for sixteen years. He has the honor of succeeding his father, John Flanagan, who had a distinguished career in the New York State Assembly from 1972 to 1986.
John Joseph Flanagan
John Joseph Flanagan was a three-time Olympic gold medalist in the hammer throw: 1900, 1904, and 1908. On July 24, 1909, Flanagan became the oldest world record breaker at age 41, when he threw the hammer 56.18 meters. (Born in Kilbreedy, County Limerick, Ireland, January 9, 1873 - Died in Kilmallock, County Limerick, Ireland, June 3, 1938.)
Kevin Patrick O'Flanagan
Dr. Kevin O'Flanagan became an Olympic official and served on the International Olympic Committee from 1976 to 1994. On his retirement he was made an honorary lifetime member of IOC. (Born in Dublin, Ireland, June 10, 1919 - Died in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, May 26, 2006 - He was unmarried.)
Laura Flanagan
An actress in New York and Los Angeles. Originally from Berkeley, California; she is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon's Moscow Art Theater School program.
Lauren Flanigan
Operatic Soprano (Born in San Francisco, California, U.S. of A., May 17, 19__)
Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
A controversial, independent, Irish politician. Elected to the Roscommon County Council in 2004, he was elected Mayor of Roscommon on June 28, 2010. In the 2011 general election Flanagan was elected to represent Roscommon-South Leitrim in the 31st Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. (Born January 22, 1972.)
Mark Flanagan
British blues guitarist with the band named "Flanagan". (Born in Liverpool, England)
Maureen Flannigan
Actress in TV and Film. (Born in Inglewood, California U.S. of A., December 30, 1973)
Michael (Mike) Kendall Flanagan
Baseball Pitcher & Manager (Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. of A., December 16, 1951.)
Moyna Flannigan
A Lecturer in painting at Glasgow School of Art who has exhibited both, within the UK and abroad.
Nick Flanagan
Professional Golfer. (Born in Newcastle, Australia, June 13, 1984)
Ralph Flanagan
Big Band Orchestra Leader in the 1940's and 1950's. (Born Ralph Elias Flenniken in Lorain, Ohio, U.S. of A., April 7, 1914 - died in Miami, Florida, U.S. of A., December 30, 1995 - Married Hannah (Wingert) Flanagan.)
Richard Miller FlanaganGeoffrey Dyer's Portrait of Richard Flanagan (2003)

An Australian novelist from Tasmania. "Considered by many to be the finest Australian novelist of his generation", according to The Economist, each of his novels has attracted major praise and received numerous awards and honours. He also has written and directed feature films. He won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961, the fifth of six children. He is descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land in the 1840s. His father is a survivor of the Burma Death Railway. One of his three brothers is Australian rules football journalist Martin Flanagan. He grew up in the remote mining town of Rosebery on Tasmania's western coast.

Flanagan left school at the age of 16. He returned to study at the University of Tasmania, where he was president of the Tasmania University Union in 1983. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours. The following year, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship at Worcester College, Oxford, where he was admitted to the degree of Master of Letters in History. Richard Miller Flanagan, b. 1961.

Roderick Flanagan
An Australian Journalist and Historian. (Born in Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland, April 1, 1828 - emigrated to Australia in 1840 - died of tuberculosis in London England, March 13, 1862)
Shalane Flanagan
Shalane Flanagan is one of the top women runners in the United States. On November 5, 2017, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman for 40 years to win the New York Marathon. She holds the American record times in the 3000, 5000, and 10000 meter distances. She won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics in the 10,000 m. And in 2010, she turned in the highest place finish by an American woman at the ING New York City Marathon in 20 years, placing second in 2:28:40 and winning the 2010 USA Women's Marathon Championship. Her father, Steve Flanagan, is also a U.S. World Cross Country Champion participant and marathon runner. (Born in Boulder, Colorado, U.S. of A, July 8, 1981 - Married Steven Ashley Edwards.)
Sinéad (Flanagan) de Valera
Sinéad de Valera, also known as Sinéad Ní Fhlannagáin and Sinéad Bean de Valera was the wife of the Irish republican leader and third President of Ireland, Éamon de Valera. She published some thirty books for children. (Born either Jane or Janice Flanagan in Balbriggan, County Dublin (she altered the spelling of her name to the Irish equivalent - Sinéad - later in life), June 3, 1878 - Died January 7, 1975 - Married Éamon de Valera, January 8, 1910 (they were the parents of 7 children), Buried, Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.)
Theophilus O'Flanagan
An antiquarian and a leading figure in the early Gaelic revival movement. (Born in Tulla, Co. Clare, Ireland, 1762 - 1814)
Thomas Flanagan
Author of Historical Fiction and professor of English literature at University of California, Berkley. (Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S. of A., November 5, 1923 - Died in Berkeley, California, U.S. of A., March 21, 2002)
Thomas Lee Flanagan
Tommy Flanagan, Jazz Pianist (Born in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. of A., March 16, 1930 - Died November 16, 2001)
Tommy Flanagan
Screen Actor, a regular on the FX channel's "Sons of Anarchy" (2008). (Born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, July 3, 1965 - Married to Rachel Schadt, May 1998 - divorced June 2001)
Timothy Elliott Flanigan
Deputy White House counsel during the administration of President George W. Bush. In that role, Mr. Flanigan was a principal legal advisor for the president, the attorney general, and the heads of the executive branch agencies. He represented George W. Bush in the planning of torture policies. (Born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1953 - Married to Katie - they have 14 children)
William Flanagan
Twentieth Century Classical Music Composer. (Born August 14, 1923 - Died September 1, 1969, a Suicide.)

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