Donegal People of Today

Pat Crerand - Photo in black and white, with the European Cup.

Patrick Timothy (Pat / Paddy) Crerand was born on the 19th of February 1939 in the Gorbals area of Glasgow to Irish émigré parents. His father, Michael Crerand, hailed from Newtonstewart, County Tyrone and his mother, Sarah 'Tim' Boyle was from Gweedore, County Donegal, where he spent much of... Read more.

Paddy Harte sitting arms folded by a green area in a town

Paddy Harte was born in 1931 in the Corner House in Lifford where generations of the family ran a successful butchering and licensed trade.  He soon followed in the family tradition opening his own butchering businesses in Lifford and later Raphoe where he settled after getting married in 1953... Read more.

Image of Packie Boner waving

Packie Bonner was born in 1960 in Burtonport.  An outstanding goalkeeper and a truly international sports personality,  Packie Bonner will forever be remembered for his penalty save in the 1990 world cup. He started his soccer career playing with Keadue Rovers in 1975 going on in 1978 to play... Read more.

Portrait of Moya Brennan

Moya Brennan, born Máire Ní Bhraonáin was born in Donegal on the 4th August 1952. The eldest child of a very musical family in the remote parish of Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair), is an Irish folk singer, songwriter, harpist, and philanthropist.She began performing professionally in 1970 when her... Read more.

Meryl Streep

 

Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep June 22nd 1949 is an Academy Award winning American actress of theater, television, and film. Streep has received 18 Academy Award  nominations, winning three, and 28 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight, more nominations than any other actor in... Read more.

Portrait of Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997), former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), and founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. Born Mary... Read more.

Black and white image of Mark Wahlberg in a suit

Donegal has many a connection to Hollywood and stardom, and another has recently been unveiled in the form of actor Mark Wahlberg.  While his Irish Catholic Boston upbringing is no secret, Wahlberg has Donegal roots stemming from Inishowen, with a family tree littered with names like Donnelly,... Read more.

Image of Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh was born on 26 July 1959 and grew up in Gweedore / Gaoth Dobhair on the northwest coast of Donegal. An acclaimed Irish fiddler, Mairéad is the lead vocalist for the Irish traditional band Altan, which she co-founded with her late husband Frankie Kennedy in 1985. Today, ... Read more.

Picture of Lorraine McIntosh, singer with band Deacon Blue

Lorraine McIntosh, singer with the Scottish band Deacon Blue, was born in 1964 in Glasgow and moved to East Ayrshire when she was three.  Lorraine's connection with Donegal is through her mother Sarah Gallagher (Sarah Jimmy Bann) who came from  Dore, in Gweedore,  moving to the Gorbals in her... Read more.

Image of Jim McGuinness

Jim McGuinness was born in 1972, he was the manager of the 2012 All-Ireland winners, Donegal and hails from Glenties in South Donegal.  McGuinness managed Donegal from 2010 - 2014. McGuinness began his illustrious career at an early age playing with Naomh Conaill.  A pivotal moment in his... Read more.

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