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10/09/18 2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award recipients Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley

Paul McGInley who will be awarded the 2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award at a special ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.


With the gala ceremony for the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards just days away, it’s an opportune time to find out a little bit more about this year’s award recipients. 


Next up is professional golfer Paul McGinley, who needs no introduction to the people of Donegal, a place which he describes as “his favourite place in the world”.  His father is from Donegal where Paul spent all his childhood summers playing golf and playing on the beaches.  His family still own a house in Donegal and Paul visits often and spent nine days in Donegal this summer.


Having spent 5 years at college and University prior to his career in golf Paul has a degree in International Business and a diploma in Marketing. He has been a European Tour player now for 26 years.


Despite winning several tournaments and being a former top 15 ranked player in the world he is best known for his performances in team competitions. As well as winning the World Cup for Ireland with Padraig Harrington in 1997 he has represented Europe on 21 occasions as a player or coach winning an astonishing 20 times, most memorably in 2014 where he led Europe to a comprehensive victory over America at Gleneagles in Scotland.


This led to many awards including being voted Coach of the year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2014 and being made an Executive Fellow at London Business School, the first sportsman ever awarded this honour. He currently still plays a limited golfing schedule and spends most of his time representing his many business partners as well as talking and writing on leadership at London Business School.


Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Friday 14th September in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel at 7pm and tickets are available for purchase from

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