A Derry man who swapped a life working behind the bar in his native city for a career teaching in the US has gained a place in a prestigious series of workshops exploring American history.
Chris Donnelly, formerly the owner of the Derby Bar, will be one of a handful of teachers from across the States to take part in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops this summer.
“I was delighted and a little surprised to be chosen,” Chris said after learning of his selection for the workshop that will take place at the University of Massachusetts.
“I have now the opportunity to work with fellow educators from all corners of the USA and look forward to learning with and from them.”
Around 1,000 teachers from across America are chosen to take part each year.
Originally from Lisfannon Park, Chris now teaches at Normandin Middle School, New Bedford.
A former President of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, he maintains strong links with Derry, and regularly visits his brothers and sister in the city.
In recent years he has organised trips to the US for local politicians including Pat Ramsey, Sean Gallagher, Drew Thompson and Colum Eastwood, John Hume, Pat Carey, Mary Lou McDonald and Pat Doherty.