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Donegal 'Happy' video reduces Pharrell Williams to tears on 'Oprah' show

Greg Harkin

Published 15/04/2014 | 07:30

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Singer Pharrell Williams was so Happy that he cried when he viewed a Donegal video made in honour of his hit song.

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The viral clip was shown to him by chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Williams was a guest on Winfrey's show on Sunday night.

The Donegal Is Happy video was shot for "a bit of craic", but was included in a compilation of 15 similar films shot around the world set to William's song, Happy. And the Donegal clip even made the star shed a tear.

During the interview, Winfrey and Williams watched a huge screen featuring the song in clips from countries all over the world.

"People started putting up videos from around the world of themselves getting Happy," Winfrey said. Oprah said to Pharrell: "It is just amazing."

As the Donegal compilation rolls, dancers appear at the famous Fanad lighthouse in the north of the county.

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Pharrell is reduced to tears on Oprah's show (Photo: YouTube)

It then goes on to show the award-winning McGettigan's butchers from Donegal Town, who are dancing with strings of sausages.

Pharrell, who has had a string of high profile hits over the last 12 months -- including a smash hit with Daft Punk -- was then moved to tears by the short video.

Winfrey then also became emotional and told the Get Lucky singer that "it makes me cry too!"

Pharrell is reduced to tears on Oprah's show

The video, one of 150 made around the world (only 15 clips appeared on Winfrey's show), was shot over three days across the north-west last month.

Cameraman Shane Wallace of Wallace Media, who made the video, said he and his colleagues had been amazed by the reaction to it.

"It's been nothing short of truly astounding," he said. "It's hard to believe that Donegal featured on Oprah, and that Pharrell broke down in the middle of it.

"If that's not a good advertisement for Donegal tourism and for all that the county has to offer, then I don't know what is."

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