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Buncrana in memorial tribute to US statesman

By Donna Deeney

Plans are at an advanced stage to erect a memorial stone to honour US politician Tip O’Neill in Buncrana.

O’Neill, whose grandmother Eunice Fullerton lived in the Donegal town in the 19th century, was the US Speaker of the House of Representatives for 10 years until his retirement in 1987.

Best known here for putting the Troubles on the US agenda, he was proud of his Buncrana heritage and once said “where my people came from, there's no more beautiful place in Ireland”.

To mark the centenary of his birth, Buncrana Town Council is planning a weekend of celebrations, including the unveiling of the memorial stone. It will be placed at a walkway in the town were the Crana River meets Lough Swilly near a monument to his relative, Eddie Fullerton.

Buncrana mayor Nicholas Crossan said: “Tip was very proud of his Buncrana roots, he still has living relatives in the town and his family home where his grandmother was born is still standing and is owned by Tip's son Thomas, who comes here frequently.

“He is one of the best-known American politicians and anyone with an interest in his story should include a visit to where his relatives left for America for.”

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