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Alice Walsh

Solis Lough Eske Castle Donegal

Hello and warm greetings from the ‘Old Smoke’! My name is Alice Walsh and I am 21 years old. I reside in the Borough of Ealing in West London. I am from a family of four consisting of my parents Kevin and Fiona, my sister Sophie and myself. I consider it a real honour to be the 2017 London Mary.  To have the ability to represent the city where I was raised, in my favourite holiday destination, at the 50th Mary from Dungloe Festival is a special moment in my life.

Dungloe will always be a place always close to my heart. It was the birthplace of my grandmother ‘Annie the Pond’, who was born a short distance away in the township of Auguillies. Since birth I have been a regular visitor to Dungloe. I have spent a month here every summer since the age of five, always taking in the Mary from Dungloe and Maghery festivals. The people, the atmosphere and the ambience during the festival season really demonstrates what a friendly and thriving community Dungloe is, where the craic is always mighty! In addition to many family members, I have made many friends in the town and beyond. I consider Dungloe a second home and whenever in town, I always stay with my great uncle, Pa Ward, in Crucknageeragh.

I am currently in the penultimate year of a degree course in Adult Nursing at the University of Chester in North- West England. I will be the third generation to enter this vocational career, following my mother and Granny Annie into the profession. As part of my course, second year students are encouraged to consider an external nursing placement. Therefore, throughout July I will embark on a nursing secondment within the Dungloe community, based out of Dungloe hospital.

I am a member of the University of Chester’s Women’s Football team & Volleyball team and have been selected as the vice-captain of women’s football for the next academic year. Through the university, I work closely with CancerResearchUK, participating in events to raise funds and awareness of the charity. Fund raising events that I have completed this year include several charity football and hockey matches, a 24hr football match and a ‘Muddy Run’ competition, which consisted of a mud based obstacle course. I believe that charity work is very important as money raised can help with support for patients, their families and communities, enabling new testing and development of medical advances. This I consider important given my chosen profession.

Prior to university life, I attended Gumley House Convent School for Girls, a London based Catholic School run by FCJ nuns. I firmly believe that the Gumley environment and ethos, largely based on Catholicism, values and friendships, provided the foundations for developing me into a more rounded individual.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mary from Dungloe festival committee for their continued support and hard work in making the 50th anniversary the best festival yet and to Solis Lough Eske for kindly sponsoring me

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