The New York representative at the Mary from Dungloe Festival, Roisin Maher, has been crowned the 2019 Mary.
Sunday, August 4 was a great night for New York in Donegal as Roisin Maher, the New York Mary was drowned the 2019 Mary from Dungloe and serenaded by Daniel O'Donnell.
Now in its 52nd year, Mary from Dungloe is an Irish music and arts festival held each summer in the small County Donegal town of Dungloe. Just as the Rose of Tralee festival was inspired by the beloved song of the same name, Mary from Dungloe is also based on a treasured local song. Each year, representatives from Ireland and around the world compete for the chance to represent their community in the pageant portion of the festival.
For the first time in its history, the festival was televised live on TG4 and streamed online for the diaspora audience.
Comhghairdeas ó chroí le Róisín Maher (New York Mary) buaiteoir 'Mary From Dungloe 2019'. #mfd52Publiée par TG4 sur Dimanche 4 août 2019
Maher is a 27-year-old construction project manager originally from County Carlow. The youngest of 7 siblings, she moved to New York with friends after receiving an honors degree in Event Management. She is currently completing a Construction Management degree with the City University of New York.
She ran the New York City Marathon in 2016 and again in 2017 with her partner Danny, while raising funds for charities. A volunteer with the American Red Cross’ Service to Armed Forces (SAF) team, Maher has sat on the board for the Irish Network NY chapter and received the Irish Echo Community Champion Award in 2017 for her active involvement with all things Irish in New York.
Fab to see Roisin Maher (construction project manager in New York) flying flag for women in building and trades #MaryofDungloe @passthewrench @GlenveaghHomes @womenintech_bfs @WomenInTechOrg @diversein pic.twitter.com/pisPpZBsXf— Máirín Murray #HaveAConversation (@mairinmurray) August 4, 2019
Utilizing her construction knowledge, for the talent portion of the evening, Maher treated O'Donnell, the host, to a lesson in brick-laying.
She was crowned by the 2018 Mary Caroline O'Donnell, who passed the baton after her exciting year in the role.
Congratulations to Roisin Maher!