MY DONEGAL: Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s most famous musicians and personalities and is currently participating in the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.
Daniel took time out of his busy schedule to tell us about everything he loves about Donegal.
What is your favourite place in Donegal and Why?
My favourite place in Donegal would probably have to be golfing on Cruit Island Golf Course. At every Tee there is a different view.
You can see all the islands on the bay. I can’t say the golf is always up to scratch but the views and the tranquillity are definitely worth going there for.
If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?
I think the only thing I would want to change is that more jobs were created so our young people didn’t have to move away.
Who is the one person in Donegal you look up to and why?
Mrs Logue who was my primary school teacher. She Always encouraged us to do our best and in my case she gave me the opportunity to sing periodically in class which in turn gave me great confidence to perform in public.
Daniel O Donnell or Packie Bonner?
I hope Packie is a better singer than I am a footballer.
What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?
I would have to say The Sam Maguire returning to Donegal in 2012 was quite special. The pride and joy that the whole team and Jim Mc Guinness brought into our county was fantastic.
The excitement in Donegal town the night they returned was a night I won’t forget.
What was Donegal’s saddest moment?
In my time the saddest moments were the loss of life through fishing tragedies.
What is your favourite Donegal made product?
Magee Tweed. I recently bought a suit and I just love it, Magees has been on the go a long time and I love seeing it in shops when I’m away from home.
I’m also delighted of the success of the Mc Garvery brothers from Loughanuire. It’s great to see these young lads with such initiative and the success they’ve achieved is fantastic.
What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?
I frequent many local restaurants in our area, to name one I would feel is an injustice to the others because I like them all for different reasons.
Will Donegal win the All Ireland Next year?
I’m sure Rory and the boys will try their best.
What is your favourite Donegal food?
It would have to be fresh Crab Claws or Mussels
Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?
I don’t think you can touch Noel Cunningham in the style stakes.
Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?
I love everything about Donegal and I think the one thing that reoccurs when I have conversations with fans who might visit the area is how friendly the people are and that makes me proud.
If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal what would it be?
I would love to see more places available for the elderly be it in Dungloe hospital or a designated nursing home.
If this facility was available it would mean that the elderly people that can’t live at home would be able to remain in their own locality.
Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?
Our current Donegal Person of the Year Moya Doherty. As the founder of river dance she has achieved tremendous success all over the world
Who is your favorite Donegal sports person?
In 1990&1994 the country went crazy for the world cups, packie was one of the stars and we couldn’t have been prouder. The world’s best goalie was from the rosses.
Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?
Don’t think I’ve seen either so I’ll go with Arranmore Island’s dolphins!Tags: