Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, a native of Gleann Cholmcille, has been named Donegal Person of the Year for 2013. The announcement was held in Dublin’s Mansion House on Monday 20th January much to the delight of the gathered audience. Liam has received many awards and praise for his dedication and effort in promoting the Irish language and his locality of Gleann Cholm Cille. He works tirelessly to promote both at every possible opportunity. Through his work, he has created employment in his hometown and surrounding areas and helped generate much needed revenue for the area.
Liam attended the announcement with his wife, Anne, family and many close friends. He said he was over-whelmed to receive such an accolade. He was truly grateful to be honoured as Pearsa Thír Chonaill, an award that is greatly valued by people in Donegal. He said that he would like to accept this special award on behalf of everyone who is involved in strengthening and promoting the Irish language, especially those in Gaeltacht regions throughout Ireland.
Liam Ó Cuinneagáin will be inaugurated as The Donegal Person of the Year 2013 at the Annual Gala Ball on Saturday 1st March in the Regency Hotel, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. This promises to be a very special night with the excitement already starting to build after the announcement on Monday night! Tickets are limited so please contact Public Relations Officer at 087 2439317 to reserve your tickets.
Jim McGuinness has been confirmed as the 2012 Donegal Person of the Year.
A packed Mansion House in Dublin’s Dawson Street hosted the event with McGuinness, joined by his wife Yvonne, thanking the Association for the honour bestowed on him.
In a moving acceptance speech, Jim McGuinness said he was deeply honoured and accepted the award on behalf of the Donegal players and management team.
Paying tribute to Jim McGuinness, the Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, revealed that for the first time ever, the Donegal flag had flown over the Mansion House on September 23rd after Donegal’s victory.
Martin McGettigan, President and Sorcha Ni Dhomnaill, chairperson, of the Donegal Association in Dublin, paid tribute to Jim McGuinness and to the 2011 joint winners.