Caoimhe Breathnach is ainm domh. Tá mé naoi mbliana déag d’aois.
Rugadh agus tógadh mé i nGaoth Dobhair, i nGaeltacht Thír Chonaill.
I am honoured and privileged to be representing the Gaeltacht at
this year’s 51st Mary from Dungloe Festival.
I am currently studying Irish and Geography in St. Patrick’s College,
DCU, where I have recently completed my first year studies. Meeting
new people from around the country has been great and college life
hasn’t been too bad either. I’ve always had an interest in working
with children, helping them learn new skills and talents. During my
secondary school holidays, I began helping, and later working as a
music tutor at ‘Scoil Cheoil na Crannóige’ and continue to do so
today. It is an area that I am very passionate about. Scoil Cheoil
na Crannóige gives local beginner musicians an opportunity to learn
instruments in a great atmosphere and many of the current tutors
have come through the school too. This year I have started working
as a ceannaire at Gaoth Dobhair’s main Gaeltacht College, Coláiste
Chú Chulainn. Children and teenagers from throughout Ireland come
to learn and improve their Irish by attending various classes and
staying with local Mna Tí.
I am a member of a local Irish traditional group called ‘An Crann
Óg.’ I play the fiddle and I also sing through the medium of Irish.
I started off playing the tin whistle at the age of 6 and I have
been playing the fiddle since the age of 9. I have travelled
Ireland and Scotland with the group to perform at numerous
festivals and concerts. Being a member of ‘An Crann Óg’ has
provided me with great opportunities to perform at concerts with
talents such as, Clannad’s Moya Brennan and Altan’s Mairéad Ní
Mhaonaigh. I have also represented my local GAA club, CLG Ghaoth
Dobhair, at the All Ireland ‘Scór na nÓg’ Finals.
Although music is very close to my heart, I also have a keen
interest in sport. GAA has been a part of my life for as long as I
can remember. Growing up and playing with my friends for CLG Ghaoth
Dobhair since under 8s has given me so many happy days and
unfortunately, unhappy ones too! There’s something special about
the bond created when a group comes together and hopefully the 2018
Mary’s will be the exact same.
The Mary From Dungloe festival has been an annual tradition for
my family and I. I have very fond memories of it, from taking part
in the Lá Gaelach, performing on the Main Street stage with An
Crann Óg, participating in the Irish dancing showcases, playing GAA
blitzes at underage, watching the Mary’s passing by on the floats
and most of all, taking part in the parade myself.
Therefore, I’m honoured to have been selected as this year’s
Gaeltacht Mary. I cannot wait to meet the rest of the Mary’s,
create everlasting memories and friendships and also experience the
festival from a totally different perspective. I would also
like to take this opportunity to say 'go raibh míle maith agat' to
my sponsor, Supervalu Dungloe. Tá mé ag súil go mór leis an