Arranmore native among Tip O’Neill awardees

AN Arranmore native and a US based businessman are among the recipients of this year’s Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards.

Caroleann Gallagher grew up on Arranmore Island and is now based in Chicago.

She launched The Coogan Gallagher Scholarship in recent years for Leaving Cert students from the Gairmscoil, Arranmore.


Billy Higgins, born and raised in South Boston Mass USA, is a businessman and community leader who is renowned for his charitable endeavours and the founder of the Southill Children’s Fund in Boston in 1985.

David McCourt.

He has done immense work in supporting the education of children with special needs both in Boston and Ireland and has donated to the Patient Social Fund of the Ballaghderg Pre-School for Children with special needs in Donegal.

Finally, David McCourt, the founder and Chairman of Granahan McCourt Capital and the Chairman of National Broadband Ireland, which is working with the Government in the largest Public Private Partnership in European telecoms, is to be recognised.

The award was first initiated in 2012 as a means of commemorating the centenary of the birth of the late Tip O’Neill who was a liberal Democrat and an influential member of the US House of Representatives. His maternal grandparents were native to County Donegal.

The awards ceremony, which commemorates the birth of Tip O’Neill who served as speaker of the US House of Representatives, will take place on September 27.

Receive quality journalism wherever you are, on any device. Keep up to date from the comfort of your own home with a digital subscription.
Any time | Any place | Anywhere

and get access to our archive editions dating back to 2007
Every Thursday
Every Monday

Donegal News is published by North West of Ireland Printing & Publishing Company Limited, trading as North-West News Group.
Registered in Northern Ireland, No. R0000576. St. Anne's Court, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland