This year’s Edinburgh Mary has been chosen and it’s Edinburgh airport girl Eileen McGuinness.
Eileen is no stranger to Dungloe as she spent many of her early years and Summers in Donegal and has family in Burtonport and Dungloe and she make regular visits to Ireland and Co. Donegal.
Eileen (24) said, “It’s such an honour and I am truly so happy to be representing Edinburgh in this year’s Mary From Dungloe”.
"To win this competition would mean the world to me. It would be a perfect way to finish a beautiful Donegal Summer”.
“I’m so glad my family and loads of friends from all over The Rosses, Edinburgh and Glasgow will be attending and cheering me on.”
“The Support I have received from everyone is overwhelming and can’t thank them all enough. It has been something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl coming to The Festival each year and spending so much time in Donegal with my Family.”
“I Still consider Dungloe my hometown and love coming back when I can. I just cant wait to meet everyone and hopefully have a great time”.
This Years Mary From Dungloe international festival Takes place between 26th July - 4th August 2014.
The festival is centred around a pageant to find out which contestant has the spirit of the festival, who is then crowned "Mary From Dungloe". The winner of the contest holds this title for a year and acts as an ambassador for the festival.
Irish emigrant communities from around the world as well as some Irish counties and towns participate by nominating a young woman, endearingly titled a "Mary", to represent their community at the contest. The festival has grown in popularity over the years and now regularly attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the area.
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