Donal has always been hugely supportive of new initiatives taking place in the area e.g. re-introduction of the White Tailed Eagle, establishment of the MacGillycuddy Reeks Forum, development of an 'app' for the Kerry Way walking trail etc. He really cares about his livestock (sheep) and has a great understanding of the need to manage and protect the land he farms on. He has a wealth of information on the folklore of the area and a few years ago had an archaeological study undertaken on his land to find out more about the 'unusual' stone and rock formations.
He is good to bring farmers together in supporting new projects that others may be cautious of, and is generous with his time in sharing information with others- site visits by the Blackstairs and Croagh Patrick Farmers to the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
(Nominator: Patricia Deane, Project Manager, MacGillycuddy Reeks EIP project)
He is also a great neighbour and believes in helping out 'the next fella' as much as possible- collective farming with shearing, gathering, dipping etc. Unfortunately I don't have a picture to hand but Donal features in Valerie O'Sulivan's book: MacGillycuddy Reeks-People and Places of Ireland's highest mountain range.