Son of Donegal emigrant elected to US Congress

Son of Donegal emigrant elected to US Congress
There were celebrations in Glencolmcille yesterday after the son of an emigrant from the area was elected to the United States Congress in the midterm elections.

There were celebrations in Glencolmcille yesterday after the son of an emigrant from the area was elected to the United States Congress in the midterm elections.

Democrat Brendan Boyle, a Philadelphia state representative, won the race to represent the 13th Congressional District on Tuesday, defeating his republican rival.

His father Francie emigrated to Philadelphia in the early 1970s. The 37-year-old Boyle lives in the Somerton, Philadelphia and was elected to Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2008. Brendan was married in Glencolmcille two years ago.

His younger brother Kevin was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010.

Speaking to the Donegal Democrat on Wednesday Francie Cunningham, a first cousin of Mr Boyle’s father, said the whole area was “very, very proud” of his achievement. He said the achievement was “hard to believe” considering the simple life that Mr Boyle’s grandparents, James and Mary Boyle, lived. “We will have a bit of a gathering one of these nights. A lot of locals want to have some celebration,” he said.