Liam named Donegal Person of the
LIAM Ó Cuinneagáin, a
native of Gleann Cholmcille, has been named Donegal
Person of the Year for 2013.
Liam co-founded Oideas Gael and has received many
awards and praise for his dedication and effort in
promoting the Irish language and his locality of
Gleann Cholm Cille.
He served as Cathaoirleach of Oireachtas na Gaeilge
(1991-1994) after their national festival was hosted
in Gleann Cholm Cille in 1989. He was honoured as
recipient of the ReHab/AIB Donegal Person of the
Year for Culture (1997).
Donegal Association president Martin
McGettigan presents Donegal Person of the Year 2013
Liam Ó Cuinneagáin - successor to Donegal manager
Jim McGuinness - at Dublin's Mansion House last
Well-known as a
lecturer and broadcaster in Ireland and abroad, Liam
is also publisher of the successful Irish language
internet magazine Beo.ie. He is an alumnus of the
Tourism Program, Irish Institute, Boston College,
(1998) and was awarded the UCD Bord na Gaeilge
Alumni Award (2008) and the prestigious ‘Gradam an
Phiarsaigh/ Patrick Pearse Award’ trophy for
services to education and the Irish language in
Last year’s winner of the Donegal Person of the
Year, Jim McGuinness attended last night's event.
Donegal Association Cathaoirleach, Sorcha Ní
Dhomhnaill, described Mr Ó Cuinneagáin as a man who
had "done so much in promoting An Ghaeilge, culture
and bringing employment to his beautiful but
isolated area of Gleann Cholmcille.” She also said
that he is considered by many people "as a modern
day Fr McDyer".
He will be officially inaugurated as the Donegal
Person of the Year 2013 at the annual Gala Ball on
March 1 in the Regency Hotel, Drumcondra. Tickets
are limited so please contact the PRO at 087 2439317