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A “Happy” Donegal goes global

Oprah Winfrey and Parrell Williams looking across at Fanad Head during the show which was showcased throughout the US and has become a hit on YouTube. 1404 INDD Happy 2 MVB.JPG

Oprah Winfrey and Parrell Williams looking across at Fanad Head during the show which was showcased throughout the US and has become a hit on YouTube. 1404 INDD Happy 2 MVB.JPG

Early this morning happy smiling and dancing faces from twenty four iconic locations around the county went global courtesy of Oprah Winfrey.

Earlier last month an idea conceived by Shane Wallace of Donegal TV and Grace Ann McGarvey, Letterkenny’s PR guru featured on one of the most popular TV shows in the US - Oprah Prime.

Grace Ann had seen a similar video of another city using Parrell Williams’s hit single “Happy” and thought that this would be a great way to showcase the Donegal she knows and loves.

Shane Wallace immediately came on board and the rest is now history!

Speaking to the Donegal Democrat Shane said, “This has been an unbelievable success - grace Ann and I originally decided to do this for a bit of craic never realising that the whole thing might go viral.

“We went around the county - north, south, east and west and everywhere in - between to showcase the best of Donegal. Fanad, Malin Head, Letterkenny, Slieve League - all with happy singing and dancing people.

“One of the highlights of the show was the famous McGettigan dancing and singing with their famous sausages.

“When we were shooting it Ernan actually got a call from Chef Nevin Maguire wanting to order a large quantity of sausage. Ernan was quick to reply - “Sorry Nevin, can you wait five minutes - I’m just dancing with some sausages!”

“The whole thing was a great laugh the whole way through.”

Shane continued, “On a more serious note this has provided a great showcase for Donegal worldwide - it is getting an amazing number of hits.

“On the Oprah show Parrell Williams got very emotional watching the playback which featured the McGettigan brothers and Fanad Head.”

Grace Ann McGarvey was equally delighted with the success saying, “The reaction has been fantastic and the beauty about the whole thing is that it was all voluntary Everybody gave freely of their time proving that Donegal really is happy!

“Over the years I have been involved in a lot of tourism projects in the graphic design and PR business - this has definitely been one of the most successful.

“Not only has it given Donegal great exposure but gives Donegal TV a firm brand presence and deservedly so.”

 
 
 

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