Donegal Ambassadors


County Donegal is very fortunate to be held in high regard by many people throughout Ireland and indeed abroad. These people act as Donegal Ambassadors by promoting the county all over the world.  Each edition of the Donegal Community in Touch E-zine features one of these Donegal Ambassads and they highlight what County Donegal means to them!! Find out more about these Donegal Ambassadors in the links below.



Mary Robinson

Mary Therese Winifred Robinson (née Bourke)  born 21st May 1944 served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She first rose to prominence as an academic, barrister, campaigner and member of the Irish Senate (1969–1989). 

Click here to read more about Mary Robinson and her connection to County Donegal


Shay Given

Born 20th April 1976 in Lifford, County Donegal. He is an Irish footballer who plays for both Manchester City and the National Team of the Republic of Ireland. Shay has made the most appearances for the Republic of Ireland than any other player, with 110 national caps. He was awarded the Freedom of County Donegal in a ceremony in his hometown of Lifford in 2006.

 Click here to read more about Shay Given and his connection to County Donegal



Daniel O’Donnell

Born 12th December 1961 in the village of Kincasslagh, in the Rosses region, of County Donegal. He is an Irish singer and his music style is described as a mix of country and Irish folk. He is a household name in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, and is also hugely popular in the United States. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary MBE for his service to the music industry.

Click here to read more about Daniel O'Donnell and his connection to Donegal



Moya Brennan

Born 4th August 1952 in Gweedore, County Donegal. She is an Irish Folk singer, harpist, songwriter and philanthropist who started performing in 1970, when her family formed the band Clannad. She is often refered to as the “First Lady of Celtic Music”

Click here to read more about Moya Brennan and her connection to Donegal



Phil Coulter

Born 19th February 1942 in Derry, Northern Ireland.  Coulter is of international fame due to his musical talents namely his success as a pianist, songwriter, music producer, arranger and director. He is one of the biggest record sellers in Ireland, with songs including “The Town I Loved So Well” and “Scorn not his simplicity”. In October 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Gold Badge from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

Click here to read more about Phil Coulter and his connection to Donegal


Sir Gerry Robinson

Born 23rd October 1948 in Dunfanaghy, County Donegal. He moved to England in his early teens, but now resides in Raphoe, Donegal. Robinson worked mainly within the television industry and he is the former ex-Chairman/Chief Executive of Granada. He was knighted in 2003 in the New Year’s Honours List.

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Frank McGuinness

Born 29th July 1953 in Buncrana, County Donegal. He is an award winning Irish poet and playwright.  Professor McGuinness has been Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin (UCD) since 2007.

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Joe Mulholland

Named Donegal Person of the Year in 2008, originally from Ballybofey, County Donegal. Joe has held many executive positions in RTÉ, including; Producer/Director, Controller of Programmes, Head of Current Affairs, MD Television and Director of News. Joe is a founding member of the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, County Donegal and has been its director for the majority of the past 25 years.

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Packie Bonner

Born 24th May 1960 in Burtonport, County Donegal. He is a former goalkeeper for both Glasgow Celtic and the Republic of Ireland football teams. He earned 80 caps, and made his debut on his 21st birthday. He is most famous for his penalty save from Romania in the 1990 FIFA World Cup knockout stages in Italy.

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Mary Coughlan

Born 28th May 1965. Lives in Frosses, County Donegal, married with two children, and is a fluent Irish Speaker. She is a  former Fianna Fáil politician. Served as a Donegal South West T.D. from 1987-2011, during that time she held the positions of Táiniste, Minister for Health and Children, Minister for Health and Skills, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Minister for Social and Family Affairs.

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Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh

Born 26th July 1962 in Gweedore, County Donegal. Mairéad is lead vocalist and Irish fiddler in the Irish traditional band Altan.

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Michael McNulty

Originally from Ballybofey, County Donegal. Michael works in the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), as a Security Adviser for the United Nations.

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