Filmmaker and emigrant honoured in Ballyshannon

Filmmaker and emigrant honoured in Ballyshannon
Garry Keane, an award-winning filmmaker and Sean McGovern, a man whose name has been synonymous with Donegal for decades in New York City, were both honoured by their native town, Ballyshannon, this week.

Garry Keane, an award-winning filmmaker and Sean McGovern, a man whose name has been synonymous with Donegal for decades in New York City, were both honoured by their native town, Ballyshannon, this week.

Garry Keane’s film ‘The Writing in the Sky’, about writer Dermot Healy, was nominated for four IFTAs in 2011. Garry won Best Director Television while the film also won in the Best Sound Television category. Last year, his documentary Gaeil Nua Eabhrac (The Irish New Yorkers) won an IFTA for Best Director of Photography Television. Garry and his wife Alison run their own production company Real Films and live in Barnesmore with their three children.

Sean McGovern was born in 1935 at the family home in Market Street. He emigrated to New York in 1958 and soon got involved with the Donegal Association, of which he is a past president and still a director. He has also done great work over the years with the United Counties and has organised countless feiseanna and helped with the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York.

Ballyshannon Town Council hosted a Civic Reception for the men in the Abbey Centre on Tuesday night as part of the Ballyshannon 400 celebrations. Such was the turnout that extra chairs had to be brought in to cope with the numbers.

Full report in the Donegal Democrat.