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Liam named Donegal Person of the Year 2013 21.01.14

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 night.
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 2010.
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 to reserve.
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