Hi, my name is Emma Biggar and I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
I am thrilled to have been chosen as the Dublin Mary and I am really looking forward to the Mary from Dungloe Festival. My granny was born in Kincasslagh and I have lots of cousins, aunts and uncles in Kincasslagh, Meenbanad and Dungloe. I have spent many summer holidays attending the festival and hoped that one day I would get to take part in it and follow in the footsteps of my Cousin Sarah Mulholland who was the Dungloe Mary in 1994.
I am currently studying Nursing in UCD and have completed Third Year. I completed a Fetac Level 5 in Healthcare while in Transition year so I could start working part time in a nursing home while still at school and I continue to work there. I also work as a waitress in a local pub and I look after my friends grandparents and the grandmother is sadly palliative.
I have always wanted a career in healthcare as I was diagnosed with a rare long term illness at the age of 3 called JDM. I have spent most of my childhood attending Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street and told my parents from a young age that I was going to work in a hospital to help other people the way I have been helped and supported growing up. I am delighted to be in remission and pursuing this goal.
I have recently returned from a trip to Chernobyl with Adi Roche and Chernobyl Children International. We went to Vesnova where we stayed in an ophanage. We met many children whose parents had abandoned them due to their disabilities caused by the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. We got to spend time looking after the children, playing with them and hugging them. I fell in love with a 5-year-old girl called Alena and I would love to bring her to Dublin for respite in the future. I hope to join the medical team and return to Vesnova when I am qualified.
I am also looking forward to being a volunteer at the Special Olympics in Dublin in June.
My hobbies are golf, dancing and skiing. I have great memories of playing golf in Cruit Island with my mum. I used to Irish Dance and took part in many Feis’s including the Leinsters and All Irelands.
I would like to thank the Skylon Hotel for sponsoring me and I look forward to meeting all the Marys and spending more time in Donegal with my family and friends.
Sponsored by Skylon Hotel, Dublin