Sponsored by the Waterfront Hotel
My name is Rachel Doherty and I’m 22 years of age. I’m from a small townland outside of Dungloe called Meenacross. I come from a family of eight, four boys and four girls.
I’m a hairdresser by trade and have recently finished my studies in Higher National Diploma in Management in Hairdressing at North West Regional College in Co. Derry. I also work in the hospitality industry in the Waterfront hotel. This gives me the opportunity to meet and greet new people and welcome people to the area.
Promoting and raising awareness about positive mental health is very close to my heart. Over the past number of years, I have been involved in RiRa which was a dance competition that helped raise money for the local school and for Jigsaw which is a support service for people with mental health issues. This led me to completing the 10mile Cara Bundoran Challenge where my sister and I raised funds through sponsorship for Jigsaw in 2017. I also participate in the Darkness into Light for Pieta house which is about raising awareness against suicide and the stigma surrounding mental health.
Dancing has always been a passion of mine as it gives me a sense of freedom where I can express myself. I have been involved in Ce Who Hi, RIRA and Strictly Come Dancing 2016 where my dance partner and I choreographed the opening and closing dances. These events helped raise money for the local community schools. During these events I also mentored couples on a one to one basis, where I choreographed their dance routines and helped motivate them to fulfil their potential.
Travel is another passion of mine. I love visiting new places, learning about new cultures and meeting new people.
I’m humbled and honoured to be chosen as this year’s Dungloe Mary. Growing up in the Rosses, attending the festival and meeting the newly crowned Mary at the Meenacross show was one of my highlights as a child. Now being able to represent my town and area in the competition is very exciting for me.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me so far on this experience, especially to my sponsors, The Waterfront Hotel.
I’m very excited and look forward to meeting new people, making many new friends, creating lifelong memories and showcasing the beautiful Rosses, our diverse culture and our unique way of life to all of our visitors this year.
Dungloe has Cead Mile Failte for everyone.‘’No strangers, just friends you haven’t met.’’ I would like to wish the 50th Festival every success and best wishes to everyone who makes it happen. Looking forward to a great experience.’’