People

People

Our Donegal stars shine bright. The world sings to our music. Dreams are weaved with our words while businesses thrive with our command. Playing fields are thronged for our athletes.  

Donegal people are clever and proud, kind and strong, innovative and brave. We salute you. 

Donegal People Today

Some members of the Donegal Global Community, our 'Pobal Domhanda', who have achieved prominence in areas such as Politics, Culture, Commerce, Sport, Entertainment and Education.  Read more.

Donegal People of the Past

Examples of Donegal people throughout history who were key figures in many different sectors, across different generations, at home and abroad. Read more.

 

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Image of William Allingham Reading

The poet William Allingham was born on the Mall in Ballyshannon on the 19th of March 1824 in a house which still bears a plaque to his memory.  As a young boy, William had a good ear for music and picked up tunes from his nurses and his neighbours. His interest in literature he acquired from his... Read more

Image of Tip O'Neill waving goodbye to Ireland

Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. born December 9, 1912 was an American politician and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member of the House of Representatives, serving for 34 years and representing first the 11th and... Read more

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