George MacCann (1909 - 1967):
Artist and designer
George MacCann was born in Belfast and was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and in 1926 entered the Belfast School of Art to study sculpture. In 1929 he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London, and won a prize on the commendation of Henry Moore. When he returned to Ulster, he taught at the Royal School, Armagh, Portadown College, County Armagh, and from 1938 to 1939 he lectured in sculpture at the Belfast College of Art. During the Second World War he served in Burma as a captain in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. In 1942, his collection of short stories, Sparrows Round My Brow, was published under the pseudonym of George Galway. When he returned to Belfast, he taught art at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood. During the Festival of Britain in 1951, two sculptures were commissioned, one St Columba for the Guild Hall, Derry. He also painted murals for the Northern Ireland section of the Festival of Britain. In 1955 he becme a free-lance designer and painter, and worked for the Group Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, and painted murals for public houses. He was an associate of the Royal Ulster Academy, and exhibited in Belfast and Dublin. He was the husband of Mercy Hunter, and in 1963, he made the death mask of the poet Louis MacNeice.