Donegal  Mary


Niamh Gavigan

The Cope Dungloe


My name is Niamh Gavigan, I am nineteen years old. I come from the small, beautiful village of Kilcar, along the Wild Atlantic Way. I am both honoured and delighted to be representing Donegal in this year’s 50th Mary From Dungloe Festival.

I am currently studying English, Drama and Music in UCD, where I have just finished first year. Music has always played a huge role in my life. I play the fiddle and piano. With piano, I have received my Diploma of Music, which enables me to teach Keyboard and Piano. My hope is to be able to teach these subjects at secondary level in the future.

Sport is also something that I adore. I played basketball with my local team. While at school I was involved in athletics with Sliabh Liag A.C where I had the opportunity to be a part of the Donegal Sports hall Athletics Team in 2011 and 2013, in Birmingham.

Kilcar is renowned for its love and passion for Gaelic football. I play for CLG Chill Chartha and have been involved in the club from an early age. Last year, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Gaelic for Girls program, where we trained young girls Gaelic throughout the year. From this, they got the opportunity to play against other Gaelic for Girl teams in Croke Park. This was a great opportunity for young girls and I was honoured to be part of the successful program. Kilcar is steeped in Irish Culture, with its love of traditional music, sport and Irish language.

The Mary from Dungloe Festival features on our calendar every year. It brings visitors from across Ireland and further afield. I’ve never missed one, so this year is going to be extra special for all my family. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to represent Donegal in this year’s festival and I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Cope Dungloe, for sponsoring me.

I would also like to thank the committee and everyone involved in the festival for their enthusiasm and support which has made it the perennial success that it is.

I am so excited and cannot wait for this unique festival to begin, and I look forward to the craic agus an ceoil le na cailíní eile.

Donegal Mary