Robert Shaw memorial unveiled in Mayo village


ACTOR REMEMBERED:AUTHOR AND actor Robert Shaw - best-known for playing the boat- owner Quint in Jaws- lived in the Gaeltacht village of Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, for seven years. He died there 30 years ago, at the age of 51. On Saturday, a stone memorial to him was unveiled there in his honour.

His third wife Virginia, sons Colin and Tom, his daughter Penny, his nephew Chris and their families came back to the village for the unveiling.

"He was a wonderful person. He was fun, generous, naughty, drank too much and loved his children," Virginia said.

"He just wanted to be himself. He wanted real life. Tourmakeady gave him that. He didn't like the razzmatazz of Hollywood," she added. He was living in Drimbawn House when he started filming Jaws in 1974.

Shaw had 10 children. He acted in more than 40 films, including The Sting, Jaws, The Dam Busters, From Russia with Love, The Taking of Pelham One Two Threeand A Man for All Seasons.