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Moya Doherty is Donegal Person of the Year 28.01.15

RIVERDANCE supremo Moya Doherty has been named Donegal Person of the Year.
Born in Pettigo, Moya lived there until she was seven years old with her parents and four brothers and sisters. Her parents were both teachers and taught locally in the area. All the family moved to Dublin in 1964, however, they spent every summer in Dungloe with her cousins.
Moya, who is married to John McColgan, credits her Donegal roots with giving her a strong work ethic and determination to succeed.
She started work in RTÉ initially as a secretary, however she went on to hold a number of roles ranging from broadcast assistant to researcher/presenter and eventually came back to work as producer/director after having spent some time working in London in the 1980s.
She has been involved in theatre, radio and television production and presentation, both in Ireland and internationally.
Moya Doherty pictured with her sons Mark and Paul.
She was the creator and commissioning producer of Riverdance, the worldwide acclaimed theatrical phenomenon, which premiered in Dublin’s Point Theatre during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. She and husband John proceeded to expand Riverdance into a stage show that would go on to become one of the world's entertainment phenomenons.
Moya succeeds Liam Ó Cuinneagáin and will be inaugurated as Donegal Person of the Year 2014 at the Annual Gala Ball on March 7 in Dublin.
Donegal Association president Martin McGettigan said Moya, like Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, had "supported our culture and traditions and ensured that Irishness is enjoyed throughout the world".
A limited number of tickets for the gala ball are available at 087 2439317.
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