(Photo: Eoin McGarvey)

The 47th Mary from Dungloe Festival gets underway this Saturday with a jam-packed programme of activities and entertainment.

Family events include the Bonny Baby competition, kids arts and crafts, treasure hunts, and nature walks. Activities laid on for teens include the Duck ‘n’ Dodge Tournament at the Quay, a make-up workshop, and a teen disco.

There will be a marching band display as well as traditional music and dance demonstrations and workshops. Quality live acts include Paddy Molloy, Mojo GoGo, and many more!

Sporting visitors can take part in golf competitions, run a 5K, cycle, walk in the Rosses or participate in soccer, Gaelic, and hurling blitzes.

The history of Dungloe can be explored in a tour of the town, and in workshops and talks on the town’s famous figures.

Of course, the focal point of this festival is the crowning of Mary from Dungloe.

The Mary’s will arrive on Saturday afternoon ahead of the official opening by Majella O’Donnell on Saturday evening. Over 10 days the Mary’s will visit some of Donegal’s famous landmarks and restaurants.

The winning Mary will be announced at the Crowning Cabaret on Sunday, August 3rd and will introduced on Main Street at midnight.

The festival closes on Monday, August 4th with the Meenacross Agricultural Show and the traditional visit of the 2014 Mary to Dungloe Hospital.

This region is in full festival mode at the moment after the success of the recent Burtonport Festival. And with the attractions of the Wild Atlantic Way now much easier to find, there has never been a better time to visit the Rosses.

The full Mary from Dungloe programme can be found on www.maryfromdungloe.com

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