Seamus Coleman will be accorded Donegal’s highest honour at a civic reception hosted by the Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey and members of Donegal County Council at the County House in Lifford this evening at 5pm.
The Killybegs native plays with the Everton club in the English Premier League and is captain of the Republic of Ireland national team.
Coleman started his football career with St. Catherine’s in Killybegs.
He joined League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers in 2006 and then moved to England to sign for Everton in January 2009.
He has made over 200 appearances for Everton and is regarded as one of the league’s top full-backs.
Coleman has been a senior international for the Republic of Ireland since 2011, acquiring over 40 caps.
He won the 2011 Nations Cup and was awarded the FAI Under-21 International Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.
He was selected for the Ireland squad at UEFA Euro 2016, captaining Ireland against both Italy and France.
He was named Ireland captain in September 2016.
Other recipients of the Freedom of County Donegal include Anthony Molloy, Phil Coulter, Shay Given, Patsy McGonagle, Daniel O’Donnell, Packie Bonner and the 28th Infantry Battalion.
Speaking to Ocean FM News, Councillor Slowey said Coleman is a great ambassador for Donegal: