Louie Bradley

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Ciaran Greene and Louie Bradley

Introduce your self!- Louie Bradley (Donegal Philadelphia) - grew up in Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny. The son of Jimmy and Jennie Bradley. Louie attended St. Eunans College and the Regional College, Letterkenny. In 1987 Louie immigrated to Havertown, Philadelphia, where he has lived since with is wife Carmel Porter(Raphoe) and his three children Fiona(18), twin boys Shane and Conor (15)

Birth place -  Letterkenny Co Donegal

What do you miss most about Donegal Louie?  -Friends, family and weather.

Can you share any special Donegal memories? Growing up in Letterkenny, Playing Soccer for Rock Hill. A really special memory was going home to Donegal every Jan/Feb for weekend and just hanging out with all my great family and friends.

Where is home today? - Havertown, Philadelphia

Tell us about your life abroad - I have lived in Philly for 25 years and have been in the construction Industry since 1987. We do all sorts of renovations from Kitchens, bathrooms, Basements, Additions, and we also Custom build Houses. I am heavily involved in Sports Gaelic and Soccer. I have been part of the Donegal (now St Pats) Philadelphia since 1988 and played up to last year. Last Year I helped coach the Team with Aidan Corr (Belfast) and we won the Philadelphia League and Championship. I still love to play but it’s now mainly Soccer I am the Chairman of the Local Kids Gaelic Football Club and Coach the U 16 team. My daughter plays Gaelic and went to Ireland 5 years ago to play in the Feile in Leitrim. My twin boys play Gaelic since they were 6 and have been to Ireland twice for the Feile in Derry and Cork with the Delco Gaels.

Do you keep in touch with Donegal? - Yes every week! My Brother lived in America to 4 1/2 years ago and we were partners in business he decided to move home to Donegal so I try to call him every week. I also try to talk to My mum/dad and sisters as much as I can I also keep in contact with Most of my close friends.

What is your favourite thing about Donegal? - Fish and Chips

Do you have any advice on how we should reach out to our diaspora? - Referrals, Irish newspapers and local Irish organizations and Societies