Pierce Brosnan was abandoned by his father when he was an infant but his mom left no stone unturned to give him a good life & support his dreams.
On Mother's Day, Pierce Brosnan used the opportunity to thank his mother, Mary May.
The family patriarch is no stranger to online family celebrations. He dedicated a carousel of beautiful photos, both new and old, to his mother on Instagram. A doting son, he has previously shared many tributes to his mom on Mother's Day. The photo carousel shows the sweet mother-son combo on a cloudy beach, snuggling in a garden, and even taking a charming selfie. "Happy Mother’s Day ☘️❤️ I love you, Mum," he captioned the adorable collection of photos.
Pierce Brosnan was born in Drogheda, Co Louth, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He spent the first 12 years of his life in Navan, which he still considers his hometown, and holds Irish citizenship. His mother left for work in London when he was four years old, thus he was mostly reared by his maternal grandparents. In 1964, he moved to East Lothian with his mother and her new spouse.
The family would shortly relocate to London. After Brosnan's previously secluded background and small classroom, rural schooling, it was a major culture shock - but he appreciated his mother, per Irish Times. “Childhood was fairly solitary. I never knew my father. He left when I was an infant. To be Irish Catholic in the 1950s, and have a marriage which was not there, a father who was not there… the mother, the wife suffered greatly.”
“There were no siblings,” he said. “I was an only child from a fractured family. My father took off for the hills very early. And academically, my school days were pretty tough,” he added. “My mother was very courageous. She took the bold steps to go away and be a nurse in England. Basically wanting a better life for her and myself. My mother came home once a year, twice a year,” he shared of his bold mother with RSVP.
Brosnan later found his true passion, acting, and his mother was very supportive the entire time. “My mother was very supportive of it,” says Brosnan. “She always said follow your dreams, and I had this crazy dream about making movies.”
Brosnan's wife of 21 years, Keely Shaye Smith, also took the opportunity to pay a beautiful tribute to her own mother. She took to Instagram with a heartfelt note alongside pictures, writing, "Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful mother Sharon Rose, and to all the mothers who nurture their children, families, and their dreams. And thank you to my brilliant sons Dylan and Paris and stepsons Sean and Christopher. You have expanded my heart in ways I never knew possible. Your love is everything to me."
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