Sponsored by The Great Southern Hotel
Hello, my name is Kate Healy and I am twenty one years of age. I am from Strandhill in Sligo and I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to take part in the very special 50th anniversary of the annual Mary from Dungloe International Festival. I am thrilled to be following in my cousin Aoife’s footsteps as she took part in the festival as the 2016 Wild Atlantic Way Mary and I hope that this year I can do both her and my county proud representing Sligo.
I attended secondary school at the Ursuline college in Sligo and in transition year I was lucky enough to move to Spain with my family for the year. While living there I attended an international college and I completed my first year of A-level exams. I loved my time in Spain and I met so many life-long friends. The whole experience was invaluable as I was exposed to so many different cultures and it also gave me a love for travelling and learning languages.
Upon returning to Sligo and completing my leaving certificate I went to Dublin City University to study International Business with Spanish. I have just moved home from Madrid after spending the year on Erasmus as part of my third year of study. Next year I will be back in Dublin for my final year of my degree.
I am very excited to be taking part in the Mary from Dungloe Festival this year as I have connections to Donegal through both of my parents. My mother spent her teenage years working for her aunt in Bundoran Co. Donegal during the summer, so from an early age she always brought me down to visit relations and go to the beautiful beaches. My father’s uncle owned a pub in Bundoran and was also a county councillor there for over 6 years.
Healthy living is a very important to me. I love cooking healthily and keeping fit. I often make healthy treats for my friends and family although I do like to treat myself. I love keeping fit whether strengthening my body through pilates or going to a new exercise class called Kangoo which involves wearing rebound shoes, essentially jumping round like a kangaroo. It is a fun way to stay fit and tone up, definitely worth trying out. I recently took part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon to raise money and awareness for Debra Ireland, which is a small charity that works to help patients with EB. After learning about this wonderful charity I plan to continue to raise awareness and funds to help sufferers of this devastating disease.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my very generous sponsors the Great Southern hotel. I am very much looking forward to meeting the rest of the Mary’s and getting to know them over what I am sure will be a week to remember!