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My name is Emma Boyle, I am 24 years old and I am delighted to represent Surrey, England in the Mary of Dungloe Festival, 2017. I am originally from Glasgow. I studied Beauty Therapy for 3 years in Glasgow and graduated with a Higher National Diploma. I moved to Surrey shortly after I turned 21 as I came across a job opportunity in a brand new salon. I am fortunate to have met lots of wonderful people and have settled into life in Surrey.
My father is from Lettermacaward(Leitir) and although my mother was born in Glasgow, both of her parents were Irish. Growing up we would all go over to Donegal as a family to see my Granny in the summer. As I got older I went with my dad during the October, Christmas and Easter holidays, when we could as I was always desperate to get a chance to go over to Donegal. We spent a lot of the time going to Dungloe, especially in the summer when the Mary from Dungloe festival was on. We used to go every year to see the festival as I was growing up and I have been to 3 of the crowning cabarets. I vividly remember being in awe of all of the Mary’s. I am very proud of my Irish roots.
When I was in school, I was encouraged by my drama teacher to join an amateur dramatics group. I joined a group called ‘The young Co’ at the Citizen’s theatre in Glasgow and was a part of it for 7 years. We performed in many plays, when we were not rehearsing for a play we were taking acting workshop classes working on our acting skills including movement and accents. My first role was an Irish seagull called Sammy, in a children’s play called ‘Big tales for small people’. I participated in lots of school musicals growing up. I have always loved to act and sing, I have recently joined an acting society in Surrey.
I am very much looking forward to this year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival, especially as we will be celebrating its 50th year anniversary. I cannot wait to meet all of the girls and experiencing the Festival in all of its glory as a Mary.