King of Tory

Unlike some monarchs in neighbouring sovereignties the King of Tory is there by general consensus of his fellow islanders. Patsy Dan revels in his position as a representative of Tory Island and carries out his ambassadorial duties with great aplomb. He greets each passenger ferry that lands and welcomes visitors 'Fáilte romhat'. Likewise, those departing the island are bade a personal 'Slán go foill'.

Patsy Dan Rodgers with a group of visitors at Dixon's Gallery Dixon's gallery from the outside Patsy Dan waiting near the harbour to greet a visitors to Tory off the Ferry boat
Patsy Dan bidding Slán go foill to departing visitors on the Ferry back to mainland Donegal A parting view of West Town, Tory Island The three sisters - rocks at the north of Tory Island


The contribution made by Patsy Dan as an ambassador for the island has received widespread appreciation. He has been recognised by proclamation of the City of New York and he received an honorary Masters degree from the University of Ulster, in 1997.
Proclamation of the City of New York awarded to Patsy Dan RodgersPatsy Dan Rodgers holding the Honorary Masters degree certificate awarded to him from the University of Ulster