The Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr James Gill, officiated at the launch of the Annual Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora Award in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana on Tuesday.
This is a Buncrana Town Council initiative which has been developed to pay tribute to one of Inishowen’s most famous descendants, Mr Tip O’Neill, both for his outstanding achievements in American political life and especially for his invaluable commitment to the search for a lasting peace and on the island of Ireland.
The Donegal Diaspora Award 2012 will be presented to a selected person or people who are actively working on behalf of the Irish Diaspora globally or in Ireland. The first Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora Award will take place in Buncrana on 7th September 2012 and there are a wide range of events surrounding that weekend, i.e., the unveiling of the Tip O’Neill Monument, a lecture by Professor Paul Arthur on the life and legacy of Tip O’Neill, Buncrana schools essay award and loads more for everyone to celebrate the centenary.
The O’Neill family are travelling from the US in order to attend and be present at the events. The Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr James Gill, welcomes the prestigious Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award and all the positive cultural, heritage and enterprise events that are developing and progressing in the North West from its preparations and management. Mr John Mc Lauglin, Buncrana Town Manager, welcomed the Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award initiative and commends the work of the Tip O’Neill Diaspora Committee and Buncrana Town Council on taking on this initiative. He also stated how glad he was that Donegal County Council was cooperating in bringing the initiative to fruition. Mr Mc Loughlin also said that “Tip O Neill was an outstanding politician who contributed greatly to the United States and to Ireland and that it is fit and proper that he should be recognised by the county of his ancestors on the centenary of his birth.” Mr Mc Laughlin also stated that this project will add greatly to the overall Donegal Diaspora initiative which is reaching out to people online in Donegal and to all parts of the World.