My Donegal Life: Jason Black

The newly crowned Donegal Person of the Year for 2018, Letterkenny man Jason Black, takes time out from his busy schedule to offer his thoughts on his Donegal Life

Jason Black named Donegal Person of the Year

What's your idea of a perfect day, or perfect weekend out in Donegal?
Going for a walk through Ards Forest Park with Sharon and the kids, stopping for a fresh brew in the Ards Coffee Tree & then Lizzy’s in Dunfanaghy for one of the best seafood chowders ever.

Who has made the greatest contribution to Donegal in your lifetime - and why?
The Donegal Hospice - ‘a home with a very big heart’ - has make the greatest contribution. The team of local professionals and volunteers who work at the Hospice have one common aim - providing the best quality of respectful dignified care at a very critical stage of life.
It takes a special someone to take on the burden of so many questions to which there seem to be no answers.

What's your first Donegal memory?
Camping by Gartan Lake as a very young boy scout - building tents, campfires. The sense of fun-filled freedom was incredible.

What's your favourite part of the county - and why?
Kayaking the Horn Head sea caves. They are majestic and mindblowing in their shapes, size and structure.

What do you think gives Donegal its unique identity?
Donegal's nature is the envy of all because it’s unspoiled and untouched by the commercial hand.

Do you have a favourite local writer or author?
Writer - Liam Porter’s poetry; Artist - Mary Larkin’s Wild Atlantic Way art; Musician - Jonathan Smeaton (his music simply talks).

What's the biggest challenge facing the county today?
Promoting and facilitating long-term economic and social progress continues to be our biggest challenge in Donegal.
It's difficult being sandwiched between Northern Ireland and Dublin and forever being the forgotten county.

If you had the power to change one thing in, or about Donegal, what would it be?
Take back our lost fishing quotas and open up our ports allowing real value and employment to flow, encourage more inward and sustainable farming, encourage organic outdoor tourism...instilling a deeper pride in the incredible youth of our community.

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