We were approached by the current president of the Donegal association Martin Mcgettigan to help with the event management and production on the night. When we first met the original plan and what we budgeted for was some stage lighting, video work and some Digital screens.

Over the coming weeks the event got bigger as news broke that Riverdance creator and Donegal native Moya Doherty won the award. This saw a huge increase in ticket sales and an increase in budget for the production. Several meetings were then arranged with the Donegal association committee and the Riverdance producers plus lighting crew. Riverdance would perform a 15 minute showcase on the evening aside from the many speeches and band that was performing.

Highlights of the evening

  • Over 600 people attended the Regency Hotel, Drumcondra
  • Tickets were 65 euro’s including a 3 course meal
  • Brian kennedy, Riverdance and Mary Coughlan all performed on the night
  • Moya Doherty was crowned Donegal person of the year 2014

Donegal Association of Dublin – History

The Donegal Association in Dublin was founded as a result of a tragedy – the Aranmore disaster, which occurred on the night of the 9th November 1935, when 19 islanders lost their lives on the short sea journey home from Burtonport.

As soon as the news broke a few Donegal people living in Dublin came together to offer whatever aid they could to the dependents of those who perished. A concert was arranged in the Gaiety Theatre on the 24th of November at which many entertainers gave their time freely for this worthwhile cause.

From this sprang the Donegal Association, a vibrant association with a strong membership. The Association organizes the annual Donegal Person of the Year award and in recent years has added Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh and Dr Joe Mulholland to its list of illustrious Persons of the Year.

The distinction was first awarded to Fr.James McDyer in 1978.

THE ARRANMORE DISASTER 9TH NOVEMBER 1935