The iconic Irish film The Snapper, based on Roddy Doyle’s book, hit the big screen in 1993.
The heartwarming story tells the story of young Sharon Curley (Sharon Rabbitte in the book), a supermarket worker who finds herself facing a crisis pregnancy.
The 20-year-old comes under scrutiny from neighbors, family and friends when she does not want to reveal the identity of the baby’s father.
She claims the father is a Spanish sailor but in fact is an older local married man, Georgie Burgess.
There are many ups and downs for Sharon and her family as the film traces the journey of her pregnancy and the arrival of baby Georgina.
Sharon – Tina Kellegher
Tina Kellegher starred in The Snapper and the Cavan wife also played the role of Niamh Quigley on the BBC show Ballyskissangel.
She has a background in theater and has performed a variety of roles with the Druid Theater Company and the Abbey.
Tina is now married to Gordon Wycherley, has two sons and lives in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Most recently, she made an appearance in Fair City.
Colm Meaney was arguably the star of the show with his portrayal of the well-meaning father Des.
Des is initially not happy with Sharon’s unplanned pregnancy and the rumors circulating about the identity of the father.
However, in an effort to help his daughter, he begins to study female anatomy, pregnancy, and childbirth with rather hilarious results.
Colm has had a very successful career and is best known for his role as Miles O’Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
He starred in all three Barrytown films and also starred in The Simpsons, Law & Order, and the movie Layer Cake.
Kay Curley – Ruth McCabe
Ruth McCabe played Sharon’s mother Kay, who struggles with the news of her daughter’s pregnancy and the reactions of other family members.
Since then, the famous Irish actress has won an IFTA in 2003 for her role in “Any Time Now”, and again in 2011 for “Single-Handed”.
She has also performed in numerous Abbey Theater plays and is considered one of Ireland’s biggest stars in film and theater.
Ruth also played the role of Damo and Ivor’s grandmother.
Georgie Burgess – Pat Laffan
Pat Laffan played the role of local married man Georgie Burgess who fathered Sharon’s child.
Sharon can’t stand Georgie and to make matters worse he coaches his brother’s football team, is the father of his girlfriend Yvonne and drinks in the same pub as his father.
She doesn’t want anything to do with him but knows that people are gossiping about him and saying he’s the father.
Pat, who died in 2019, also played another flirtatious character in Father Ted, the postman Pat Mustard.
In the years leading up to his death, Laffan appeared on Ripper Street and Moone Boy and played a small role in Steven Spielberg’s film War Horse.
As a member of the Abbey Theater Company, Laffan gained recognition for his performances in Flight Over a Cuckoo’s Nest for Noel Pearson at the Gaiety Theater and Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Gate.
Lester – Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson played one of Dester’s drinking buddies, Lester, who is trying to help him through this difficult time.
The subject of Sharon’s pregnancy is a touchy subject for Des and Lester lets it slip that Burgess is bragging about sleeping with Sharon.
Gleeson is today one of Ireland’s best-known movie stars, having starred in the Harry Potter, Braveheart, The Guard and In Bruges films, to name a few.
He won three IFTAs and a Primetime Emmy Award.
His son Domhnall followed in his footsteps and replicated his success as an actor.
Baby Georgina Curley – Aisling Conlan / Alannagh McMullen
At the age of three, Aisling made her acting debut when her mother and father were approached by a casting agent in Holles Street, where she was born on November 22, 1992.
She said: “To be honest there weren’t a lot of actors involved because I was only three days old, but my mom told me I was chosen because I had the dimples. cutest in the room. “
Watching the movement from the comfort of her wetsuit brought back fond memories for the Howth native.
She said: “Most people love their baby photos, but my favorite is a commercial from The Snapper.”
Aisling, from Howth in Dublin, is now 26 and warmed hearts by sharing a look back at her days as a movie star a few years ago on Twitter.
She wrote: “I made my film debut as a baby Georgina in #the Snapper to 3 days! Everything went downhill from there … “
A fan of all of Doyle’s films, including The Commitments, Aisling said, “I even met Roddy Doyle when I was in fifth grade at Sutton Park.
“He signed my copy of The Snapper and congratulated me on my role in the movie, I was only 11, so it was pretty cool to meet him.”
Alannagh McMullen also played the tot.