Kate Healy, the Sligo representative in the 50th Annual Mary From Dungloe International Festival, shares her delight to be spending a week in the beautiful town of Dungloe.

Sligo Mary – Kate Healy

Each ‘Mary’ will be introducing themselves on Donegal Woman and sharing their story ahead of the 2017 Mary from Dungloe Crowning Cabaret. This special anniversary event will be live broadcast for the first ever time by Donegal Daily, along with Jacksons Media TV. On Sunday August 6th, viewers all over the world can tune in as host Daniel O’Donnell announces the 50th Mary from Dungloe.

You will be able to see the live show online via Donegal Daily’s Facebook page, which can be viewed on your computer, mobile device and streamed on your television.

The Marys are taking part in a week jam-packed with wonderful events across Dungloe and Donegal. They have all taken time to reflect on the festival and tell us what it personally means to them.

Kate Healy, aged 21, from Sligo tells us how her first time in Dungloe has created memories to last a lifetime. 

My name is Kate Healy and I am the 2017 Sligo Mary. I am being sponsored by the Great Southern Hotel in Sligo and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them, I am very honoured to be representing them and also my home county of Sligo.

Sligo Mary – Kate Healy

I decided to enter the festival this year after being told by my cousin about the most amazing week she had last year representing the Wild Atlantic Way. I thought it would be something wonderful to get involved in while meeting new friends.

Sligo Mary – Kate Healy

Sligo Mary – Kate Healy

As this is my first time attending the Mary from Dungloe festival I was unsure what to expect, on my journey to Dungloe on Saturday afternoon I was feeling quite apprehensive but I can honestly say that the people of Dungloe have been so welcoming and I now feel like a part of the community.

We have visited some stunning places this week that I will definitely be returning to in the future but I think that the highlight of my week has to be bonding with the other girls and making friendships which I am sure will last a lifetime.

We are all very much looking forward to the crowning cabaret and I myself am most looking forward to enjoying the last night with the girls and getting to reflect on our week together.

Getting the chance to be a part of the 50th anniversary of the Mary from Dungloe festival is such a wonderful honor. It is incredible to walk around at the events and admire the ladies wearing sashes from the 70s, 80s and 90s all of whom are still looking so glamorous now.

I am delighted to be spending the week in this beautiful town and getting the opportunity to tour the local areas and after the warm welcome that I have received here in Dungloe I am very excited for the rest of the week ahead.


Don’t forget, this week Donegal Woman and Donegal Daily are celebrating the Mary from Dungloe International Festival with an amazing competition, click below to find out how to win three wonderful Irish hotel breaks and €1000 spending money.