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Tunnel Tiger’s land sells for a record €36,000 per acre in Donegal

Buyers registered from as far away as the US, Australia and the Middle East for the auction of Dan ‘Texas’ O’Donnell’s land holdings in Inishowen

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This 28.75ac parcel at Gulladoo, Moville sold inline for €282,000 or €9,800/ac to a man working in the US

This 28.75ac parcel at Gulladoo, Moville sold inline for €282,000 or €9,800/ac to a man working in the US

This 28.75ac parcel at Gulladoo, Moville sold inline for €282,000 or €9,800/ac to a man working in the US

AS a young man Dan O’Donnell cut a striking figure. Standing six feet eight, he used to round up sheep on horseback and wear a ten-gallon hat as he roamed the family’s lands laid out in small parcels scattered around Linsfort near Buncrana.

It wasn’t long before the locals nicknamed him ‘Texas’ and the name stuck with Dan, who in later years emigrated to Britain where he worked with the famed ‘Donegal Tigers’ on construction projects in London and Newcastle.


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