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Tip O'Neill award presented in Buncrana 24.09.13

THE second Tip O誰eill Irish Diaspora Award was awarded in Buncrana at the weekend to the former Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer. The award recognises people "who strive to promote the interests of Ireland on the world stage".
Mr Schweitzer, whose grandmother, Hannah Friel, was from Rathmullan, was honoured during a special gathering in the seaside town.
Among the guests were members of Tip O誰eill痴 family and the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Loyola Hearne.
Mr Schweitzer, who received the award from Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, said he was proud to be chosen as this year's recipient.
典his award means the world to me. It is a wonderful honour to come back to Donegal and be presented with this prestigious award," he said.
Former Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, is presented with the 2013 Tip O'Neill Irish Diaspora Award by Minister Dinny McGinley.
Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely read a message from President Michael D. Higgins to hundreds of guests, in which the president remarked that the Tip O誰eill Irish Diaspora Award was yet a "the culture and heritage of our forefathers continues to play an important role in the lives of those who are Irish".
While in Buncrana, the Canadian presented bursaries in honour of Tip O誰eill to national schools. Meanwhile, the Tip O誰eill Diaspora Lecture was attended by more than 100 people.
The lecture, with the theme 'Poetry and Power and the Diaspora', was delivered by Professor Paul Arthur.
The weekend concluded with Tip痴 children, Tommy and Shelly O誰eill, unveiling the Tip O誰eill Interpretive Panels at Buncrana Shorefront.
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