Sponsor: Glasnevin Irish Band
Hello, my name is Sarah Meechan and I am nineteen years old. I am thrilled to have been given the chance to represent Edinburgh as there Mary, it has been my family's dream for years. I am currently studying HNC Childhood Practice at college, in hope that I can proceed onto university to study catholic primary teaching. I have always had a huge interest in working with children, being able to be a role model for them and have a huge impact on their lives. My goal is to become a primary teacher, however I would love the opportunity to travel and work with and teach children from all over the world.
Dungloe has always held a huge place in my heart and will continue to do so as the years go on. As far as I can remember, my summer holidays or might I add any holidays from school where spent in donegal with my family. My gran and papa have always shown a love for Donegal in their heart, as my papa’s great grandfather was from Keadue, they have taken their love for Dungloe and passed it on to each one of their children and grandchildren. I have been lucky enough to have a family home in Dungloe where many memories have been made, it’s pretty much a second home.
As I have spent my summers in Dungloe, my family would always make sure they were over for The Mary from Dungloe Festival. Booking our place in the house before anyone else had the chance. The festival has always been a huge part in my family’s life, from my dad taking part in the races up the main street in 1969 when he was only a little boy to myself becoming the Edinburgh Mary. It was always a dream of my gran's that I would become a Mary, to the point where she would have all her local Dungloe friends convincing me. I feel honoured to be taking part in the festival this year, especially as it is the 50th. I know my gran would’ve been proud and the rest of my family just as proud. I look forward to meeting the other Mary’s and making so many new friendships and creating lasting memories which I will be able to add to my Dungloe memories.