Donegal People of Today

Why I’m moving back to Donegal after 30 years in Canada

Last spring I left Canada to return to Donegal for four months to answer the question: where is home and where do I belong?

Even though it had been 30 years since I left, I still think of Ireland as home. But Canada is also home, and since I became a Canadian citizen and have two... Read more.

Image of Brian Schweitzer

Govenor Brian David Schweitzer (born September 4, 1955) is an American politician who was the 23rd Governor of Montana from January 2005 to January 2013 (term limited). Schweitzer completed his term with one of the highest approval ratings among governors in the United States the polls regularly... Read more.

General Martin E Dempsey in uniform

General Martin E. Dempsey (B. Jersey City, USA 1952) While Irish people may not have heard of General Dempsey, this notable member of our Diaspora was a household name in the US.   He was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military officer in the United States.  Previous... Read more.

Picture of Francis Harvey, Poet, reading at microphone

Although born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in 1925, the poet Francis Harvey grew up in Co. Donegal.  Following the death of his father in 1931,  his Ballyshannon born mother moved the family to the ancestral home on the banks of the Erne, the place where his grandfather had farmed. Francis... Read more.

Picture of Enya on wooden floor in black dress

Gweedore native Enya (Eithne Ni Bhraonain) was born in 1961, the sixth of nine children into the musical dynasty of the Brennan family. Her parents, Baba and Leo Brennan are great music lovers and encouraged their children in all varieties of musical pursuits with Enya's siblings forming the... Read more.

Image of Easkey Britton (first on left) and her cousins in Rossnowlagh

Easkey Britton was born into Ireland’s first family of surf on the wild west coast of Donegal.  Aged 26, this Rossnowlagh woman is a true disciple of the blessed ocean life and lives up to her namesake wave, the famous west coast break which can be translated to 'fish' in Irish. She started... Read more.

Dermot Mulroney in a grey suit waving at a public event

American actor and director Dermot Mulroney was born on the 31st October 1963, Alexandria, Virginia. Mulroney's ancestors emigrated from County Donegal and County Mayo during the Irish Potato Famine: “I was conscious of my Irish background growing up,” he reveals. “My parents both have simpler... Read more.

Image of Three Dog Night

Daniel Anthony Hutton (born September 10, 1942, Buncrana, County Donegal), is an Irish-American singer, who was also the head of Hanna Barbera Records from 1965-1966. Best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the seminal band, Three Dog Night; Danny and his family emigrated to the United... Read more.

Image of Daniel O Donnell

Daniel Francis Noel O'Donnell born December 12th, 1961 is an Irish singer, television presenter and philanthropist. After rising to public attention in 1983 he has since become a household name in Ireland and the UK and has also had considerable success in the US and Australia. Known for his... Read more.

Brian Friel with the cast and crew of An Grianán Theatre's production of Translations in 1999.

Brian Friel, born 9 January 1929 was an Irish dramatist and was author and director of the Field Day Theatre Company. An adopted son of Donegal, Friel made his home outside Moville for many years. In a career which spaned six decades, he was regarded as one of the greatest living English... Read more.

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