Chicago Mary

Hannah Galvin

Sponsored by Irish American Heritage Centre


my name is Hannah Galvin. I am 22 years old and was born and raised in Chicago. I represent Chicago wherever I go (mostly by my accent), and am so humbled to represent my city in the 2018 Mary From Dungloe. In doing this, I have the opportunity build a bridge from one home to another. This was something my grandfather Hughie Ownie encouraged me to do as it was him who originally laid the foundations for this bridge in his move to the Windy City 60 years ago.


I’ve spent all my childhood summers in Dungloe and have watched from the street as the Marys paraded by.  At the age of 14, I attended boarding school in Rockwell College, Cashel Co. Tipperary. With my grandparents living in Dungloe, it became my safe haven throughout the holidays.


I am soon to be a graduate of Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for Deaf Studies. Throughout my time in Trinity, I have been actively involved in the Irish Deaf Community. Through this involvement, I have learned about many aspects of their lives including Irish Sign Language. I am now hoping to pursue a masters in Audiology in the hopes of working as a Pediatric Audiologist.


Traveling and Hiking are beloved past times of mine. In my second year of college, I took part in the Camino De Santiago with Trinity’s largest society, Vincent De Paul. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage in which we walked 150 km, from France to Spain, over the course of 10 days and finished at the tomb of St. James in Santiago De Compostela in north-west Spain.


Throughout my first semester, I raised funds for education projects in Zambia. Trinity’s VDP is the number one provider of these donations. Two years ago, my father reached the end of his medical treatment for cancer and my parents made the move to Dungloe. I also began working in the Waterfront Hotel which has allowed me to truly integrate into the community, who have welcomed us with open arms and surrounded us with love and support through some of our hardest days.


Dungloe has firmly cemented itself as my home. I would like to thank my sponsor the Irish American Heritage Center, for giving me the opportunity to take part in the festival and meet all the other Mary's!

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