Father Edward Flanagan
 

 

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Father Edward Flanagan 1886-1948

Born in Leabeg, County Roscommon. He was the founder of Boystown which became famous when Spencer Tracey played Father Flanagan in the film Boystown. The Oscar he won was donated to Boystown. The concept of Boystown spread and in the USA today there are seventeen such towns. Father Flanagan died in Gerrmany and his remains were brought back to Boystown. They are buried in the Dowd Memorial Chapel in Boystown, Nebraska. Photos by Gary Thelen