Limavady solicitor Peter Jack has put his money where his mouth is, literally, in support of a Danny Boy signature project.
The well known Limavady man was ‘Daniel Jack’ for a day on Friday to celebrate the project, which is part of the Limavady 400 celebrations.
“I changed my name by deed poll to celebrate our fantastic rich culture in Limavady,” he said.
“As we all know Limavady is 400 years old this year and we have so much to celebrate.
“All the Danny’s and Danielle’s are encouraged to celebrate this special and very exciting time and, I must say, I feel different! I feel a combination of Daniel O’Donnell and Danny Boy and it’s all imbued in my DNA today. It’s just great.”
Also joining in the celebrations is The Script frontman and coach in the hit TV series The Voice, Danny O’Donoghue who wished Limavady a happy 400th birthday when he launched the Danny Boy signature project last week.
Limavady Borough Council – home to the tune of the world famous song, Danny Boy – is calling on all Dannys, Dannis, Danielles, Daniels and Dans across the world to visit the town and sign an exclusive birthday card in 2013.
A Limavady Borough Council spokesperson said they hope the cards will take pride of place inside a Limavady 400 time capsule, to be filled up and put on display at the end of the year.
Limavady Borough Council also hopes a few more residents will follow Peter Jack’s lead, and change their names for a day.
“It is hoped a few more famous Dannys will add to the collection in the coming months, says Limavady 400 events coordinator Andy Chapman.
“We will certainly be targeting a few household stars,” he says.
“Even if they cannot be here in person, birthday messages will add plenty to the project.
“Danny Devito, Daniel Day Lewis, Dan Carter, Dannii Minogue… we will try them all.
“The north-west is expecting an influx of tourists this summer with events included the City of Culture project and our own Limavady 400 itinerary, and we are hoping to have as many countries as possible represented in this project.”
Mr Chapman says on presentation of a passport or another form of identification, contributors to the Danny Boy signature scheme will have a photograph taken, sign a card and receive a certificate of having visited Limavady, the true home of Danny Boy… celebrating its own 100th birthday in 2013.
The cards are available for signing inside the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre/Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró, Main Street, Limavady.
For those who can’t visit Limavady, request an online card for signing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cards can be scanned and returned online, posted to Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 Main Street, Limavady.