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Christina Gill

Bayonne- Donegal Association

 

Hello from the U.S.!

I am Christina Gill.  I’m 24 years old and was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey.    I am thrilled to be back in Dungloe to represent my hometown in this year’s 50th annual Mary From Dungloe International Festival.  I’m particularly excited to be able to again unite my family from the U.S. with my family right here in Dungloe.  There is an added element of excitement as I follow my mother’s footsteps to the contest as she proudly wore the Bayonne Mary sash for the 1980 Mary From Dungloe competition.

I graduated with honors from Holy Family Academy in Bayonne, New Jersey where I was a 3‐sport varsity athlete, danced and performed in our school musicals.    After Holy Family, I went on to attend and graduate from Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts in 2014 with dual degrees in Finance and Business Law.  I am currently working in New York City at Deutsche Bank as a Corporate Finance Analyst.

In my junior year of college, I spent a semester studying Irish History and traditional Irish music at Dublin City University and traveling through Ireland and parts of Europe.  During that time, I also worked for Dublin‐based hedge fund Kinsale Capital Management.

While studying at Boston University, I was an active member of the Community Service Club, and now volunteer for Two By Two Tutoring, which provides free, one‐on‐one tutoring sessions to underprivileged students in New York City and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.  I love watching and cheering for my favorite sports teams, travelling, crafting and reading

I am truly honored to represent my home town at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Mary from Dungloe Festival.   The City of Bayonne’s Irish community is strong and I am proud to have the opportunity to continue to strengthen the ties with our family and friends in Dungloe.

I look forward to sharing this unforgettable experience with my family and the other Marys, and can’t wait for the festivities to begin!

 

 

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