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my name is Carmen Brannan, I am a 19 year old student, studying History at the University of Aberdeen. My connections to Donegal are on my mother’s side of the family - The Gallagher's from Gweedore. My Papa Charlie Gallagher was from Gweedore and my Great Grandmother was from Gola Island (Diver). My Nana is Delia Gallagher (nee McNelis) and lives in Magheraclogher. Her mother was Sheila Doherty from Gweedore and her father was Joseph McNelis from Glencolmcille (Carrick).
I am a passionate Irish dancer and a keen hockey player. I have competed at the world championships in Irish Dancing & have won world medals with The McLaughlin’s School of Irish Dancing. I am also a member of the University of Aberdeen hockey team, successfully winning the University hockey league this year. I am very passionate about sport, health and well being. I believe, this is key to having a successful fulfilled life.
I am very ambitious in life and when I leave University in 3 years’ time, I plan to travel the world. I am looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. My dream job would be, to become a journalist, working in TV and reporting on current affairs and matters relating to historical issues.
I am an only child. I am thrilled to say that this has never been difficult or had any impact of loneliness. I am so fortunate to have my Irish family. I have fabulous memories of Summer holidays in Donegal, with all my cousins. Our Huge family weddings, days on the beach, camping and barbecues. These days are filled with music, fun and laughter. Family means so much to me. I see my cousins as brothers and sisters and Donegal is our families central meeting place. I believe the Mary from Dungloe International Festival will broaden my horizons. It is wonderful to see people unite and celebrate their Irish heritage. I could not be more grateful and excited to be part of this festival representing Glasgow in 2016, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone.