Damian McGinty

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Damian McGinty
Birth name Damian Joseph McGinty, Jr.
Born (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 22)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 2006–present
Website www.damianmcgintyofficial.com

Damian Joseph McGinty, Jr. (born 9 September 1992)[1] is an Irish actor and singer from Derry, Northern Ireland.[2] McGinty has been performing for over a decade, and was a member of the group Celtic Thunder for four years starting when he was fourteen.[3][4] On 21 August 2011, McGinty won the Oxygen reality show The Glee Project, earning him a seven-episode guest-starring role on the hit Fox television show Glee which was later extended to 17 episodes.[2][5]

Early life[edit]

McGinty was born into a Catholic family in Derry, Northern Ireland, the son of Damian McGinty, Sr., and Joanne McGinty. Damian has two siblings, Emmet and Gemma. He has been performing for over a decade, winning his first singing competition when he was just five years old. In 2006, McGinty won another competition and the following year, he made a CD which was recorded for charity. It was then passed along to Celtic Thunder Producer Sharon Browne and Music Director Phil Coulter, who invited McGinty to sing for their first show. McGinty was later accepted into the group at the age of 14 and has been performing, as well as touring the USA and Canada, with Celtic Thunder.


In 2011, it was stated that McGinty was leaving Celtic Thunder, as a result of winning the Oxygen reality show The Glee Project, which gave him a seven episode arc on the Fox television show Glee. McGinty was selected as one of the top twelve finalists out of 40,000 contenders in a MySpace audition search, who competed for a role on The Glee Project.[3][6] After making the top twelve, he came close to not being able to continue the competition when he had difficulties securing an O visa.[7]

Along with Samuel Larsen, McGinty won a seven-episode arc on the third season of Glee.[2][5] On his final performance on The Glee Project, McGinty sang "Beyond the Sea", which he chose to show Glee producer Ryan Murphy that he could handle a lead role.[8] Comments from Glee producer Ryan Murphy fuelled speculation that McGinty's character may become a leading role similar to Cory Monteith's character, Finn Hudson.[7]

Following the final episode of The Glee Project, McGinty was featured in a special video on the Oxygen channel website with Cameron Mitchell, who won the Bing Fan Favorite. The two sang Michael Bublé's "Haven't Met You Yet".[2][9] Mitchell saved McGinty from elimination earlier in the season, when Mitchell chose to leave the competition on the evening that McGinty was slated to be eliminated, though Mitchell hadn't known this when he made his decision.[2][9] McGinty made his first appearance on Glee in the fourth episode of the season entitled "Pot o' Gold" playing Rory Flanagan, a foreign exchange student who is staying with Brittany S. Pierce's family.[10] His initial seven-episode stint was later extended. In May of 2013, McGinty announced that he was going on a short tour with previous Celtic Thunder member Paul Byrom. The tour started on 22 June 2013 and ended on 3 July 2013.

He previously lived with Glee Project co-star Cameron Mitchell. He is an avid Manchester United fan. He released his first EP on 12 December 2012. McGinty is also part of Ethan Bortnick's concert with the youngest former Celtic Woman member of all time, Chloë Agnew.

On November 24, 2014, it was announced that McGinty will be rejoining Celtic Thunder for their 2015 Greatest Hits World Tour.


Year Title Role Notes
2011-2012 The Glee Project Himself Winner; Special Appearance on Season 2 (11 episodes)
2011–2012 Glee Rory Flanagan Recurring role (17 episodes in Season 3, 1 episode in Season 4)


Celtic Thunder concerts[edit]

  • Celtic Thunder (2008)
  • Act Two (2008)
  • Take Me Home (2009)
  • It's Entertainment! (2010)
  • Christmas (2010)
  • Heritage (2011)
  • Storm (2011)[4]
  • The Very Best Of Celtic Thunder (2015)

Glee Cast[edit]

Main article: Glee discography



  1. ^ McGinty, Damian. "Damian McGinty (Official)". Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Elliott, Stuart (22 August 2011). "Bing Considers Low-Rated 'Glee Project' a Success". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Derry Teen Damian McGinty Wins Role on 'Glee'". Irish Television and Film Network. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Celtic Thunder: Damian McGinty". Celtic Thunder. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Wang, Cynthia (22 August 2011). "The Glee Project Winners 'Honored' to Join Glee". People Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Filled with GLEE". The Irish Echo. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (22 August 2011). "'The Glee Project': Winners Share Their Hopes for 'Glee' (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Stack, Tim (22 August 2011). "'Glee Project' winners relive last night's shocking twist!". EW. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Perez, Christina. "Cameron Mitchell: A Glee Project Winner After All". FrontBurner. D Magazine. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Keck, William (25 September 2011). "Keck's Exclusives: First Look at Glee‍‍ '​‍s Lucky Charmer". TV Guide. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 

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