MARYS 2024

Máire 2024

The Mary From Dungloe competition is a celebration of Irish heritage, music, and culture. This year’s competition promises to be particularly exciting, with a talented and diverse group of women set to compete for the coveted title. Each contestant brings her own unique talents and strengths to the competition, from traditional Irish music to modern pop and rock. Beyond their musical abilities, these women are also leaders in their communities, dedicated to promoting Irish culture and supporting charitable causes. 

Mary From Dungloe 2023

meet THE CONTESTANTS

Na Iomaitheoirí

Caitlin Ward

New York Mary

Sponsor: JR Mason Co Yonkers

Caitlin is 24 years old, lives in Woodlawn in the Bronx and is just after Receiving her
master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.
Part Time Substitute Teacher in the Department of Education at Iona University
She enjoys going on walks, reading, cooking and baking.
She’s a member of the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens.
She grew up as a competitive Irish Dancer for the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance.
Because of this she was able to travel the world competing in the Worlds, Nationals and
Regionals. She is currently in the process of obtaining my TCRG which is my teaching
license for Irish Dance.
Caitlin has also went on tour with Cherish the Ladies. I also performed alongside the
Chieftains and Step Crew.
I am Irish American with my father being from Laghey, Donegal. My maternal grandmother is
from Dungloe, Donegal. My maternal grandfather was from Clare.

Caitlin is 24 years old, lives in Woodlawn in the Bronx and is just after Receiving her
master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.
Part Time Substitute Teacher in the Department of Education at Iona University
She enjoys going on walks, reading, cooking and baking.
She’s a member of the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens.
She grew up as a competitive Irish Dancer for the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance.
Because of this she was able to travel the world competing in the Worlds, Nationals and
Regionals. She is currently in the process of obtaining my TCRG which is my teaching
license for Irish Dance.
Caitlin has also went on tour with Cherish the Ladies. I also performed alongside the
Chieftains and Step Crew.
I am Irish American with my father being from Laghey, Donegal. My maternal grandmother is
from Dungloe, Donegal. My maternal grandfather was from Clare.

Aine McGee

Dungloe Mary

Sponsor: The Cope

I am 23 years old and born and raised in Dungloe, attending the Rosses Community School.
I currently live in Galway where I work as a marketing manager. In my spare time you'll find
me at the gym or going for a walk and a coffee. I cannot wait to represent my home town in
the festival I grew up loving.

I am 23 years old and born and raised in Dungloe, attending the Rosses Community School.
I currently live in Galway where I work as a marketing manager. In my spare time you'll find
me at the gym or going for a walk and a coffee. I cannot wait to represent my home town in
the festival I grew up loving.

Clare O'Donnell

Donegal Mary

Sponsor: Bonners Engineering

I am 23 years old and born and raised in Dungloe, attending the Rosses Community School.
I currently live in Galway where I work as a marketing manager. In my spare time you'll find
me at the gym or going for a walk and a coffee. I cannot wait to represent my home town in
the festival I grew up loving.

Clare O’Donnell is this year’s Donegal Mary. Born and bred in Letterkenny, Clare is delighted to be representing her home county in the festival. 
She is a 26 year old Pharmacy Technician, having completed her studies in Donegal’s ATU
and now enjoys working in Brennan's Pharmacy in Letterkenny.
Clare is passionate about keeping fit and loves the outdoors. She can often be found walking in Glenveagh with her two dogs Cosmo and Orbit. 
Clare’s family are thrilled to be back in Dungloe for the festival, after attending forty years ago to support Clare’s aunt, Siobhan, who was the Donegal Mary in 1984.

Niamh Kerrigan

Birmingham Mary

Sponsor: Nortons Digbeth

I’m Niamh Kerrigan, 26 from Birmingham. I studied BSc Geography at Aberystwyth University and then completed an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Birmingham. 
Currently, I work as a stakeholder engagement regional manager on major infrastructure projects, and absolutely love it!
My Granny was from Tipperary and my Grandad was from Mayo, they loved taking me and my siblings over to Ireland to visit our family during the summer holidays. They were both very musical, my Grandad was an exceptional accordion player and my Granny a beautiful singer. Their love of music has been passed down to us Grandchildren and the live music is one of the things I’m most excited for at the Mary from Dungloe Festival!
I’m honoured to be the 2024 Birmingham Mary, there is huge Irish community in Birmingham which I’m so grateful to have grown up in and be a part of. I’m looking forward to meeting and promoting all the great Birmingham Irish businesses, venues and community champions.
I’m Niamh Kerrigan, 26 from Birmingham. I studied BSc Geography at Aberystwyth University and then completed an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Birmingham. 
Currently, I work as a stakeholder engagement regional manager on major infrastructure projects, and absolutely love it!
My Granny was from Tipperary and my Grandad was from Mayo, they loved taking me and my siblings over to Ireland to visit our family during the summer holidays. They were both very musical, my Grandad was an exceptional accordion player and my Granny a beautiful singer. Their love of music has been passed down to us Grandchildren and the live music is one of the things I’m most excited for at the Mary from Dungloe Festival!
I’m honoured to be the 2024 Birmingham Mary, there is huge Irish community in Birmingham which I’m so grateful to have grown up in and be a part of. I’m looking forward to meeting and promoting all the great Birmingham Irish businesses, venues and community champions.

Kyna Boyle

London Mary

Sponsor: Kelly Group

Kyna Boyle will be graduating from university this summer with a degree in acting. She loves to sing and act with aspirations to become a film producer. At the age of 21 she is  working as a singing teacher for young children between the ages of 6 and 18 and a team leader in her local food store so she keeps herself busy.  Kyna has connections from Tipperary and Meenatotten, Dungloe and attends the festival every year. She is very excited to represent London this year and can’t wait to take part in the festival she knows and loves so well.

Kyna Boyle will be graduating from university this summer with a degree in acting. She loves to sing and act with aspirations to become a film producer. At the age of 21 she is  working as a singing teacher for young children between the ages of 6 and 18 and a team leader in her local food store so she keeps herself busy.  Kyna has connections from Tipperary and Meenatotten, Dungloe and attends the festival every year. She is very excited to represent London this year and can’t wait to take part in the festival she knows and loves so well.

Molly Part

Dublin Mary

Sponsor: Skylon Hotel

Molly Part is proud to represent her home city of Dublin in this year’s ‘Mary from Dungloe International
Arts Festival’. Though raised in the Capital, Molly is no stranger to Donegal with both her maternal
grandparents hailing from Ardara and Carrigart. Donegal heritage, culture and tradition feature large
in her family as does the Donegal Association in Dublin; a split allegiance signified by two county
jerseys in her wardrobe.
Having worked in hospitality and sales, Molly decided to pursue a career in business, graduating in
2023 with an Honours BSc Degree in Business and Management from TUDublin. She is currently
working as a Company Secretarial Associate with KPMG Law LLP where she specialises in company
compliance. Through her Graduate Programme with KPMG, she is also studying for a Master’s
Degree in Management and Corporate Governance from Ulster University.
Molly describes herself as energetic, enthusiastic, a glass half full kind of person who loves meeting
new people and trying new things. A Billie Barry Stage School kid for many years Molly still loves
dancing and singing in her spare time. She keeps up her fitness through the gym, dance class, boxing
and tag rugby and can be regularly found on the Howth Cliff Walk. Appreciative of life’s opportunities,
in her spare time she has recently begun volunteering with a Dublin homeless charity and participates
regularly in fundraising events for a variety of charities close to her heart.
Molly is a regular visitor to the beaches of Rosguill and Ardara Festivals and has great memories of
Gaeltacht summers with Coláiste Árainn Mhóir and Coláiste Bhun an Inbhir. She loves nothing more
than beach walks, traditional music, turf fires and if it’s raining a good game of Scrabble, which is her
guilty pleasure.
Molly is very excited to participate in this year’s ‘Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival’ and is
really looking forward to the experience of a lifetime as the Dublin Mary 2024.

Molly Part is proud to represent her home city of Dublin in this year’s ‘Mary from Dungloe International
Arts Festival’. Though raised in the Capital, Molly is no stranger to Donegal with both her maternal
grandparents hailing from Ardara and Carrigart. Donegal heritage, culture and tradition feature large
in her family as does the Donegal Association in Dublin; a split allegiance signified by two county
jerseys in her wardrobe.
Having worked in hospitality and sales, Molly decided to pursue a career in business, graduating in
2023 with an Honours BSc Degree in Business and Management from TUDublin. She is currently
working as a Company Secretarial Associate with KPMG Law LLP where she specialises in company
compliance. Through her Graduate Programme with KPMG, she is also studying for a Master’s
Degree in Management and Corporate Governance from Ulster University.
Molly describes herself as energetic, enthusiastic, a glass half full kind of person who loves meeting
new people and trying new things. A Billie Barry Stage School kid for many years Molly still loves
dancing and singing in her spare time. She keeps up her fitness through the gym, dance class, boxing
and tag rugby and can be regularly found on the Howth Cliff Walk. Appreciative of life’s opportunities,
in her spare time she has recently begun volunteering with a Dublin homeless charity and participates
regularly in fundraising events for a variety of charities close to her heart.
Molly is a regular visitor to the beaches of Rosguill and Ardara Festivals and has great memories of
Gaeltacht summers with Coláiste Árainn Mhóir and Coláiste Bhun an Inbhir. She loves nothing more
than beach walks, traditional music, turf fires and if it’s raining a good game of Scrabble, which is her
guilty pleasure.
Molly is very excited to participate in this year’s ‘Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival’ and is
really looking forward to the experience of a lifetime as the Dublin Mary 2024.

Kaylin Healy

Edinburgh Mary

Sponsor: Edinburgh Emerald Social Group

My name is Kaylin Healy and I feel so fortunate and blessed to be a part
of this year’s Mary From Dungloe Festival, where I will be representing my
home city of Edinburgh. 
 
I am 19 years old and I am just about to start a new career role in the
Healthcare profession, an area I am passionate about and was committed
to getting involved in.  My immediate plans are to learn, develop and
grow into my patient liaison role. I am looking forward to working with and
helping patients as I look to gain the experience on how best to nurture
relationships with them in sensitive and emotional situations. Slightly longer
term I want to grow within the organisation and see where it takes me.    
In my spare time I so enjoy working on my fitness. I love my trips to the
gym and a local bootcamp, which although is hard going, is rewarding and
enjoyable.  I also enjoy attending music festivals in the summer months,
and like many others, I have a passion for travel.     
I have strong family connects in both the ‘Rosses and Gweedore’ as
Daniel’s famous song goes. My granddad came from Brinlack in
Gweedore, a special place for myself and family in the heart of the Donegal
Gaeltacht. I retain strong family connections in both Brinlack and Bloody
Foreland.     
My Granny Nancy Healy is originally from Cruit Island, a part of
the Rossses that I always felt was blessed with the most natural and
stunning beauty. I spent my childhood summer holidays
between Cruit Island and Dungloe. My granny will proudly make the trip
to Dungloe from Edinburgh, as she approaches her 89 th  birthday, to see me
participate in this year festival.   
 
I have rarely missed a Mary From Dungloe festival and always dreamed of
being a ‘Mary’ as a young girl. I always watched the parade from either
my Granny’s sister house that has a great vantage point beside the Garda
Station looking down the town, or from outside the Bayview Bar that close
family ran for many years.
This feels such a proud moment for my family and I, and I am so looking
forward to embracing and cherishing the experience of this wonderful
festival.

My name is Kaylin Healy and I feel so fortunate and blessed to be a part
of this year’s Mary From Dungloe Festival, where I will be representing my
home city of Edinburgh. 
 
I am 19 years old and I am just about to start a new career role in the
Healthcare profession, an area I am passionate about and was committed
to getting involved in.  My immediate plans are to learn, develop and
grow into my patient liaison role. I am looking forward to working with and
helping patients as I look to gain the experience on how best to nurture
relationships with them in sensitive and emotional situations. Slightly longer
term I want to grow within the organisation and see where it takes me.    
In my spare time I so enjoy working on my fitness. I love my trips to the
gym and a local bootcamp, which although is hard going, is rewarding and
enjoyable.  I also enjoy attending music festivals in the summer months,
and like many others, I have a passion for travel.     
I have strong family connects in both the ‘Rosses and Gweedore’ as
Daniel’s famous song goes. My granddad came from Brinlack in
Gweedore, a special place for myself and family in the heart of the Donegal
Gaeltacht. I retain strong family connections in both Brinlack and Bloody
Foreland.     
My Granny Nancy Healy is originally from Cruit Island, a part of
the Rossses that I always felt was blessed with the most natural and
stunning beauty. I spent my childhood summer holidays
between Cruit Island and Dungloe. My granny will proudly make the trip
to Dungloe from Edinburgh, as she approaches her 89 th  birthday, to see me
participate in this year festival.   
 
I have rarely missed a Mary From Dungloe festival and always dreamed of
being a ‘Mary’ as a young girl. I always watched the parade from either
my Granny’s sister house that has a great vantage point beside the Garda
Station looking down the town, or from outside the Bayview Bar that close
family ran for many years.
This feels such a proud moment for my family and I, and I am so looking
forward to embracing and cherishing the experience of this wonderful
festival.

Molly Gallagher

Wild Atlantic Mary

Sponsor: Aranmore Red Ferry

My name is Molly Gallagher, and I am 22 years old. In June, I will graduate with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin. During my first year of college, I served as the  student class representative, navigating the challenges posed by COVID-19 and supporting my peers through a stressful time. I am excited to start my  career as an Occupational Therapist in a Dublin  hospice this September. The hospice setting is
particularly meaningful to me as it allows me to support individuals with life-limiting conditions, helping them maintain independence and comfort during their remaining time. In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog, Bonnie,  and going for runs. I have explored many hobbies over the years, including Irish dancing for eight years, speech and drama, piano
lessons, and singing in the chapel choir. However, playing Gaelic football has been a consistent passion. I am a sociable person and have enjoyed working at the Corner House Bar in Ardara for many years.. I am  looking forward to the upcoming festival, where I can meet all the girls and be part of this special event.

My name is Molly Gallagher, and I am 22 years old. In June, I will graduate with an Honours
Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin. During my first year
of college, I served as the student class representative, navigating the challenges posed by
COVID-19 and supporting my peers through a stressful time. I am excited to start my career
as an Occupational Therapist in a Dublin hospice this September. The hospice setting is
particularly meaningful to me as it allows me to support individuals with life-limiting
conditions, helping them maintain independence and comfort during their remaining time. In
my free time, I enjoy walking my dog, Bonnie, and going for runs. I have explored many
hobbies over the years, including Irish dancing for eight years, speech and drama, piano
lessons, and singing in the chapel choir. However, playing Gaelic football has been a
consistent passion. I am a sociable person and have enjoyed working at the Corner House
Bar in Ardara for many years.. I am looking forward to the upcoming festival, where I can
meet all the girls and be part of this special event.

Marina Boyle

Wicklow Mary

Sponsor: Black Castle Scenery

Marina is the vibrant 2024 Wicklow Mary who is honoured to participate in this year’s
festival. At 25-years-old Marina holds a strong passion for volunteering and travel, and both
her education and volunteer work have taken her around the globe, including university in
Pennsylvania and teaching experience in a Loreto school in South Sudan. Raised with deep
ties to Dungloe through her father, being a contestant in the in the Mary from Dungloe
festival is as much of a dream come true for Marina as it is for her family.
Marina currently works as a Quality Assurance Analyst at TikTok, focusing on preventing
money laundering through the platform. She enjoys cooking, reading, swimming, and
supporting Donegal GAA. In June 2023, Marina started her own small business named
"Walk the Coast Tours” to share her love of Dublin and Wicklow with guests from across the
world.
Passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic about beautiful Co. Donegal, Marina is ready to
embody the spirit of the Mary from Dungloe festival, representing County Wicklow with pride
and joy.

Marina is the vibrant 2024 Wicklow Mary who is honoured to participate in this year’s
festival. At 25-years-old Marina holds a strong passion for volunteering and travel, and both
her education and volunteer work have taken her around the globe, including university in
Pennsylvania and teaching experience in a Loreto school in South Sudan. Raised with deep
ties to Dungloe through her father, being a contestant in the in the Mary from Dungloe
festival is as much of a dream come true for Marina as it is for her family.
Marina currently works as a Quality Assurance Analyst at TikTok, focusing on preventing
money laundering through the platform. She enjoys cooking, reading, swimming, and
supporting Donegal GAA. In June 2023, Marina started her own small business named
"Walk the Coast Tours” to share her love of Dublin and Wicklow with guests from across the
world.
Passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic about beautiful Co. Donegal, Marina is ready to
embody the spirit of the Mary from Dungloe festival, representing County Wicklow with pride
and joy.

AnneMarie Caffrey Mantei

Philadelphia Mary

Sponsor: The Donegal Association Of Philadelphia

Adele Morgan

Dubai Mary

Sponsor: Mc Cafferty’s JVC

Christina Gallagher

Donegal Mary

Sponsor: Letterkenny Shopping Centre

Gemma Doherty

UAE Mary

Sponsor: McCaffertys

My name is Gemma Doherty and I am 29 years old. I’m originally from Ballybofey in Donegal but
moved to Dubai in October 2023. In Dubai, I teach KG but my education is actually tailored to Early
Years. In 2021, I graduated from Sligo IT with a MA in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years.
I’m extremely passionate about the sector and in 2022 I was in the privileged position to become to
the first Quality Development Officer employed in the Early Years Sector. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to represent the UAE in this year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival and can’t wait to
see what new experiences I gather from my time there.

My name is Gemma Doherty and I am 29 years old. I’m originally from Ballybofey in Donegal but
moved to Dubai in October 2023. In Dubai, I teach KG but my education is actually tailored to Early
Years. In 2021, I graduated from Sligo IT with a MA in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years.
I’m extremely passionate about the sector and in 2022 I was in the privileged position to become to
the first Quality Development Officer employed in the Early Years Sector. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to represent the UAE in this year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival and can’t wait to
see what new experiences I gather from my time there.

Scarlett Catalfamo

Philadelphia Mary

Sponsor: Donegal Association in Philadelphia

My name is Gemma Doherty and I am 29 years old. I’m originally from Ballybofey in Donegal but
moved to Dubai in October 2023. In Dubai, I teach KG but my education is actually tailored to Early
Years. In 2021, I graduated from Sligo IT with a MA in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years.
I’m extremely passionate about the sector and in 2022 I was in the privileged position to become to
the first Quality Development Officer employed in the Early Years Sector. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to represent the UAE in this year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival and can’t wait to
see what new experiences I gather from my time there.

Scarlett Catherine Catalfamo, a 2023 honors graduate of Temple  University. Scarlett received her B.A. in Advertising with a concentration in Media Planning and a minor in
History. Temple offered Scarlett many great opportunities. She will always cherish her time
as a member of the Temple Irish Dance Team and Insomnia Theatre. She now works full-time as a Legal Clerk in the First Judicial District’s Office of Judicial Records for the Civil Court of Common Pleas. Community engagement is something near and dear to Scarlett.
Meeting local members of Philadelphia’s vast Irish community has been the highlight of Scarlett’s tenure as the Philadelphia Mary. Volunteering in the community is one of  Scarlett’s top priorities. Currently, she is a volunteer at the Moorestown Public Library. There are few
things Scarlett enjoys more than spending her  Wednesday evenings helping out around the
library. As an effort to spread appreciation for Irish Literature in her community, Scarlett
started the first Irish Book Club at the Moorestown Public Library. Scarlett hopes to continue
building and strengthening her community connections.. Looking forward to the future,
Scarlett can’t wait to see what doors open to her next. Law School has always been on her
bucket list. Scarlett is passionate about sustainability and environmental work, and would jump at the chance to study environmental law. Either way, her ultimate goal is to go back to
school and open new doors to opportunities she never expected

Leah McDaid

Gaeltacht Mary

Sponsor: BSG An Clochán Liath & Pleanáil Teanga na Rosann

My name is Gemma Doherty and I am 29 years old. I’m originally from Ballybofey in Donegal but
moved to Dubai in October 2023. In Dubai, I teach KG but my education is actually tailored to Early
Years. In 2021, I graduated from Sligo IT with a MA in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years.
I’m extremely passionate about the sector and in 2022 I was in the privileged position to become to
the first Quality Development Officer employed in the Early Years Sector. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to represent the UAE in this year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival and can’t wait to
see what new experiences I gather from my time there.

Leah Ní Dhaibhead, an asipiring 19 year old from Creeslough County Donegal.
A Past Pupil of The towns Gaeltacht school , Scoil Naisunta Glasain, where Leah Excelled in the irish language, Embracing the language and irish culture fully . She Later went on the
graduate from Mulroy college in 2023 , despite an ongoing illness throughout, achieving an
outstanding Leaving certificate and First choice college Course. Leah has now just finished her first year of study in a bachelors of Business Studies in Ulster University Belfast. With
hopes of one day becoming a second level teacher or continuing work in the Business sector.In her spare time she also works part time in Roses bar creeslough pulling pints or
serving up Pizzas In The Rusty Oven in Dunfanaghy, whilst also showing her entrepreneurial side as a young makeup artist and running a Airbnb! Aside from her educational studies Leah enjoys a range of past times, From singing and playing the Fiddle, to on the pitch in the red an White of Naomh Micheal to name a few.

Orla Sheridan

Cavan Mary

Sponsor: Cavan Crystal Hotel

My name is Gemma Doherty and I am 29 years old. I’m originally from Ballybofey in Donegal but
moved to Dubai in October 2023. In Dubai, I teach KG but my education is actually tailored to Early
Years. In 2021, I graduated from Sligo IT with a MA in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years.
I’m extremely passionate about the sector and in 2022 I was in the privileged position to become to
the first Quality Development Officer employed in the Early Years Sector. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to represent the UAE in this year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival and can’t wait to
see what new experiences I gather from my time there.

My name is Orla Sheridan, I am twenty-three years old and from County Cavan. It is
both a joy and an honour to be representing Cavan in the 57th Mary From Dungloe
Festival this year. I have a strong connection to Donegal, particularly Dungloe, and cherish many fond childhood memories from time spent here.
I recently completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Galway and I am looking forward to beginning my Masters in Psychology. Traditional music has always been a passion of mine, I have been playing the harp since I was six years old, making it a significant part of my life. I also enjoy various creative pastimes. I am
currently undertaking yoga teacher training, blending my interests in both physical
and mental well-being.

 

Mairead McEnroe

Glasgow Mary

Sponsor: The Brazen Head

My name is Gemma Doherty and I am 29 years old. I’m originally from Ballybofey in Donegal but
moved to Dubai in October 2023. In Dubai, I teach KG but my education is actually tailored to Early
Years. In 2021, I graduated from Sligo IT with a MA in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years.
I’m extremely passionate about the sector and in 2022 I was in the privileged position to become to
the first Quality Development Officer employed in the Early Years Sector. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to represent the UAE in this year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival and can’t wait to
see what new experiences I gather from my time there.

This year’s Glasgow representative is 23 year old Teaching/Additional Support for Learning
Assistant, Mairead McEnroe.
Mairead is no stranger to Dungloe, with strong family links to the areas.  Mairead’s
Grandparent’s Winnie (nee Gallagher) and Mickey McHugh are from
Tully/Craugheyboyle and Ardcrone.
Mairead has been playing the fiddle for 15 years with Southside Fiddlers and St Rochs CCE
(Irish Minstrels).  For a short period prior to this she attended the Caroline Green School of Irish Dance.  Mairead also assisted at the Glasgow Conradh na Gaeilge Children’s summer camp.
Mairead attends the festival each year and enjoys frequent visits to Dungloe whenever possible!

Leah McDaid

Gaeltacht Mary

Sponsor: Info Coming Soon

My name is Gemma Doherty and I am 29 years old. I’m originally from Ballybofey in Donegal but
moved to Dubai in October 2023. In Dubai, I teach KG but my education is actually tailored to Early
Years. In 2021, I graduated from Sligo IT with a MA in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years.
I’m extremely passionate about the sector and in 2022 I was in the privileged position to become to
the first Quality Development Officer employed in the Early Years Sector. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to represent the UAE in this year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival and can’t wait to
see what new experiences I gather from my time there.

Leah Ní Dhaibhead, an asipiring 19 year old from Creeslough County Donegal.
A Past Pupil of The towns Gaeltacht school , Scoil Naisunta Glasain, where Leah Excelled in the irish language, Embracing the language and irish culture fully . She Later went on the
graduate from Mulroy college in 2023 , despite an ongoing illness throughout, achieving an
outstanding Leaving certificate and First choice college Course. Leah has now just finished her first year of study in a bachelors of Business Studies in Ulster University Belfast. With
hopes of one day becoming a second level teacher or continuing work in the Business sector.In her spare time she also works part time in Roses bar creeslough pulling pints or
serving up Pizzas In The Rusty Oven in Dunfanaghy, whilst also showing her entrepreneurial side as a young makeup artist and running a Airbnb! Aside from her educational studies Leah enjoys a range of past times, From singing and playing the Fiddle, to on the pitch in the red an White of Naomh Micheal to name a few.