Sponsored by Malones Glasgow
A big Glasgow hello to everyone! My name is Alisha Medford, I am 20 years old and I am currently a full time student studying Law. I devote my free time to volunteering for charities close to my heart including working with the Irish Heritage Association here in Glasgow to promote the Irish culture and langue and spending periods of time in Malawi Africa, building and renovating classrooms to help children escape poverty through education.
I also have a strong connection to my faith and I am part of the Scottish youth group who travel out on an Easter pilgrimage annually to Lourdes to provide help and assistance to many disadvantaged and disabled children helping them enjoy a week of fun and faith and to create every lasting memories.
I feel so honoured to be representing my home city of Glasgow as the Glasgow Mary for the 50th Mary From Dungloe International Festival . I am no stranger to Dungloe as my father was born and brought up in Tuberkeen and the festival has always been attended and enjoyed by myself and all my family and friends throughout the years and I am extremely excited to follow in my mother's footsteps as she was once the Glasgow Mary many years ago. My earliest memories of the festival is waking up in my granny Ward's b&b in Tuberkeen and being in awe of the beautiful Mary's from around the world.
I have grown up surrounded by Irish music and culture and have been an Irish dancer since the age of 4 competing both nationally and internationally in feis'. I was also extremely lucky to have represented Scotland as part of the U21 netball squad and growing up I was a keen horse rider and was part of the pony club here in Dungloe.
I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity and I am very excited to meet all of the other lovely Mary's,to learn more about the town and all of its history and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the wonderful festival.
I would also like to give heartfelt thank you to my wonderful sponsor Malones Irish Bar in Glasgow.