Seamus Coleman awarded Freedom of Donegal

Donegal people are proud of Seamus Coleman and not without good reason.

The Killybegs man has evolved into one of the best full-backs in the Premier League with Everton and recently succeeded Robbie Keane as captain of the Republic of Ireland team.

So it was no surprise that the 28-year-old was honoured with the freedom of his native county.

“Receiving this is something I am shocked by, but something I am very, very proud of,” Coleman said, according to the Donegal Democrat.

“Being from Donegal means so much to me and being from Killybegs means so much to me. Home is where the heart is for me and I have made no secret that when I finish football, home is where I will end up.”

Coleman, who began his career in the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers,  received the honour at a civic reception in Lifford, where Cathaoirleach Terence Slowey presented him with the symbolic badge and pin.

The Everton defender joins an exclusive group in receiving the Freedom of Donegal, which includes former Ireland internationals Packie Bonner and Shay Given as well as former Manchester United star Paddy Crerand.

Musicians Daniel O’Donnell, Phil Coulter and the Brennan family of Clannad have also had the honour bestowed upon them, while the members of the 28th Infantry Battalion of the Irish Defence Forces were also recognised.

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