Anthony Molloy, captain of Donegal’s 1992 All-Ireland-winning football team, will receive the Freedom of Donegal, Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, Fianna Fáil Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, confirmed on Monday.
Cllr. Brogan said the reception to present Mr. Molloy with the honour will be held at 6pm on June 7th at County House, Lifford.
Calling Mr. Molloy, “a very humble and passionate individual”, Cllr. Brogan said the former captain and the 1992 Donegal side, “gave the county a huge lift at that time”.
“I think he has been a great ambassador for us in the county,” Cllr. Brogan said. He said Mr. Molloy will be recognised not alone throughout Donegal and the island of Ireland, but throughout the Donegal diaspora.
Cllr. Brogan, addressing the final meeting of the current council year, said it was the prerogative of the cathaoirleach to give the Freedom of Donegal.
Previous recipients include international singing star Daniel O’Donnell; Patsy McGonagle, manager of the Irish Olympic athletics team; All-Ireland footballer Packie Bonner; the 28th Infantry Battalion; Ireland international footballer Shay Given; songwriter Phil Coulter; and the Brennan family from Clannad.
The Freedom of Donegal is the highest honour the council can give to an individual.