Irish golfing legend Paul McGinley is set to be awarded the Freedom of the Donegal – the county’s highest honour.
Donegal County Councillors voted unanimously to accord the honour on Mr McGinley for his efforts promoting Donegal as a premiere golfing destination.
While he is a native of Dublin, McGinley’s roots lie firmly in Donegal. His mother is Julia Sheridan, from Rathmullan and his father is Mick McGinley, from Dunfanaghy.
McGinley’s promotion of the Irish Open in Ballyliffin and his hosting of the Legends Tour at the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort have gained great admiration in the county.
As a result, Cllr Ciaran Brogan put his name forward for consideration to receive the Freedom of the County.
Cllr Brogan told the council today that Donegal is fortunate to have many great ambassadors, and Paul McGinley is one of them.
“He has demonstrated huge passion for the county on many occasions,” Cllr Brogan said.
Paul McGinley is the first Irishman to captain the Ryder Cup team. More recently, The McGinley Foundation hosted this year’s Irish Legends at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in August. The event was watched by millions, Cllr Brogan said, and he suggested that it would be important that Donegal County Council shows its appreciation.
Cllr Paul Canning seconded the motion, adding that the honour would have great meaning, given McGinley’s status in the world of golf.
Arrangements are now set be made to present the Freedom honour to Mr McGinley at a future date.
Other recipients of the Freedom of County Donegal include Phil Coulter, Shay Given, Patsy McGonagle, Daniel O’Donnell, Packie Bonner and the 28th Infantry Battalion.