Gaeltacht Mary

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 mysecondary 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

fhéile.

Caoimhe Breathnach

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Gaeltacht  Mary