Donegal People of Today

Image of Thomas P. O'Neill III

Thomas P. O’Neill III was born in 1945 and is the eldest son and namesake of the former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and outspoken liberal Democrat, Tip O'Neill, who served as Speaker from 1977 to 1987.

Thomas himself is a former Massachusetts State Representative... Read more.

Image of a dark haired woman laughing on a rocky Irish Beach

Born in Queens, Irish/American singer-songwriter Tara O’ Grady has been heavily influenced by her Irish roots. With her mother hailing from Gortward, Inver Parish, Mountcharles, Tara has been coming back to Donegal every summer since she was a child, thanks to her father's work with an airline.... Read more.

Image of Sir Gerry Robinson

Sir Gerry Robinson was born in 1948 in Dunfanaghy, County Donegal.  He began his career in 1965 in the cost office of Lesney Products, (Matchbox Toys) after leaving St Mary’s Seminary at Castlehead.  During his time at Lesney he progressed through various accounting roles to become Chief... Read more.

Picture of Shay Given in football wear during a game

Shay Given was born April 20th, 1976 and is from the town of Lifford, Co. Donegal.  He started his career with his local team, Lifford Celtic.  His ability was soon noticed by Glasgow Celtic and he signed with them a year later at the young age of 15.  He played with the Celtic youth team for... Read more.

Image of Sean Mc Ginley

Sean McGinley was born in 1956, in Pettigo, County Donegal, Ireland.He later attended University College Galway.  While there he was involved with the UCG Drama Society and with fellow members, Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen and Mick Lally who went on to found the world famous Druid Theatre Company,... Read more.

Ricky Simms

Ricky Simms was born on the 24th June 1974. Raised in Milford he attended the Royal and Prior Raphoe where he developed an interest and talent in athletics, joining the Finn Valley Athletic club at around 12 years of age. Ricky argues that the club was the focal point of his childhood and he... Read more.

Image of Philip Deignan celebrating in cycling gear

Born in Letterkenny, County Donegal, 7 September 1983.  Philip is an Irish Olympian and professional road racing cyclist for UCI Professional Continental Team.  Philip first set foot on a bike in 1997 during a charity cycling event organised by Paddy Delap in Letterkenny.  Deignan has long been... Read more.

Ryder Cup 2014 Captain Paul McGinley on right with other golfers

Paul McGinley (B. Dublin,1966) is a renowned golfer whose his roots lie in County Donegal.  His mother is Julia Sheridan,  from Rathmullan and his father is Mick McGinley from Dunfanaghy.  Paul McGinley is unstinting in his support to Donegal, spending many happy childhood holidays in the county... Read more.

Image of Pat Mc Fadden standing

Labour MP Pat McFadden was born in Scotland in 1965 and grew up in Glasgow as the youngest of seven children. His parents, both native Gaelic speakers, grew up in the townland of Dunmore in Falcarragh, Donegal. Following their marriage in 1951 they moved to Scotland for work. Settling in Glasgow... Read more.

Pat Loughrey Portrait

Patrick Loughrey was born in 1955 and grew up in County Donegal in the townland of Ray (pronounced as 'Rai'), on the shores of Lough Swilly. He attended Loreto College in Milford, and went on to study at the University of Ulster (BA Hons Contemporary History), The Queen's University of Belfast (... Read more.

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