Generous Jim is so chuffed
Published 27/01/2013 | 06:00
Following in the footsteps of a playwright and a singer, Jim McGuinness has been honoured as the Donegal Person of the Year, and he's dedicated the title to his All-Ireland-winning football team.
McGuinness told The Diary of his delight at being recognised, but deflected praise by insisting he was accepting it on behalf of his county players.
"It's a huge honour to be acknowledged by your own people," he said. "It's a big thing in Donegal and held in high esteem, so when you're selected it means a lot for you, your friends and your family.
"I'm accepting this on behalf of the players and the rest of the management team, because I wouldn't have even been considered if it wasn't for all our work."
McGuinness admitted that being crowned Donegal Person of the Year was particularly meaningful for him as a member of the sporting world as he's now ranked among the "higher echelons".
He was accompanied to the event by his wife, Yvonne.