Kevin Cassidy rolled the years back in 2018 to help inspire Gaoth Dobhair to Donegal and Ulster Club Championship titles.
The former Donegal player, a two-time GAA All-Star, was a key player as Gaoth Dobhair ended a 12-year wait to be crowned Donegal champions.
And they didn’t stop there as Cassidy and co went on to collect the Ulster title, becoming the first Donegal side since 1975 to win the Seamus McFerran Cup.
Cassidy also recently launched a new business venture, Smart Meals, alongside Sean Tianihad, a chef in Teach Mhici, the famous Gaoth Dobhair pub that Kevin helps to run.
Here is Kevin’s My Donegal
(1) Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?
Has to be at the Forland Heights as you can see the whole parish of Gaoth Dobhair with the wild Atlantic Ocean right underneath you
(2 ) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?
It should be marketed better for tourism
(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?
From a football and business pint of view it has to be Brian McEniff I admire the way he goes about his business both professionally and as a person
(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?
Has to be Packie given his connection to the Hoops
(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?
Football beings the whole county together so when Sam came back to the hills that would have been the proudest moment for this forgotten county
(6) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?
McGee Clothing Donegal Town has a touch of class about it
(7) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?
It would have to be Daniel given his profile and his good nature
(8) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?
Again I would have to say Brian McEniff seeing what he has built and to maintain things during the crash is admirable
(9) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?
Growing up I would have looked up to Anthony Molloy and when I got to know him he is a real good guy
(10) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?
There is a little Cafe in Gaoth Dobhair called Caife Kitty and I love nothing better to head in there at lunchtime and unwind for half an hour the food is healthy and delicious
(11) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?
(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?
“Agh it will be grand”
(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?
I think it has to be the local economy and the struggles that rural people and rural business face on a day to day basis
(14) What is your favourite Donegal food?
Charlie’s Hughie Tim’s (chef in the Ivy Gaoth Dobhair) home made brown bread it’s to die for
(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?
I think we don’t stand up enough as people. We just take everything that is thrown to us in relation to cuts etc and just sit back
(16) Do you have a favourite local band?
Danny & James who play with us in Teach Mhicí are unreal
(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?
I would use it to help bring my home town of Gaoth Dobahir back to life
(18) What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
Sporting wise Ulster Club win and business wise helping bring people and students back in to Gaoth Dobhair
(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?