Donegal and its people to get ‘Happy’ on Oprah show

Video, accompanied by hit Pharrell Williams song, has already been viewed 131,000 times

A scene from ‘Donegal Is Happy’ which is due to feature on the Oprah show. Image via Youtube

A scene from ‘Donegal Is Happy’ which is due to feature on the Oprah show. Image via Youtube


Donegal tourism is set to go global after it is featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

A video about the county called ‘Donegal Is Happy’ was shot celebrating the remote region and its people.

The video, which accompanies the hit song by Pharrell Williams called ‘Happy’, was shot on location around Donegal last month over three days.

It has already notched up 131,000 views on You Tube.

But now it is to be seen by more than 7.5 million people who watch the hit American chatshow.


Cameraman Shane Wallace of Wallace Media, who shot the film, said they are delighted the film has been chosen to feature on Oprah.

“We understand that Pharrell Williams will be chatting to Oprah about his hit song and videos from around the world have been chosen to feature as part of a video on the show.

“The Donegal is Happy is one of the videos which will be shown and it’s a huge honour for us.

“We put a lot of work into it and to see it on Oprah and to think of the exposure Donegal will get is just amazing.

“Hopefully we’ll have even more American tourists planning their holidays to Donegal once they see all Donegal has to offer,” he said.

The Donegal team of Denise, Shane Wallace, Shane Murphy, Denise Blake, Grace Ann McGarvey and Lisa Burkitt are thrilled.

Donegal is Happy was filmed in 24 locations throughout Donegal from Glencolmcille to Banba’s Crown at Malin Head over three days and the hundreds of dancers who took part include Irish dancers, Zumba dancers, hairdressers and butchers, adults and children as well as a dancing camel and a goose!

Oprah Prime with Pharrell Williams and featuring Donegal Is Happy will be broadcast next Sunday, April 13th.