Mary From Dungloe International Festival
25th July – 3rd August 2015, Dungloe
The Mary From Dungloe International Festival has been welcoming visitors from all over the world since its inception in 1967. The festival offers a wide range of entertainment during its 10 day fun packed itinerary. Dungloe and the surrounding area’s boasts some of the country’s finest beaches and landscapes and is a great base for exploring what the North West has to offer, including golf courses, horse riding, hill walking , lake and sea angling with some of the finest scenery in the world on our doorstep.
The festival offers something for all the family, from family fun days to shows for the smaller kids, to sporting activities for those energy filled teenagers.
The heart of the festival is the selection of the Mary From Dungloe where young women of Irish decent along with their families return to Donegal to participate in the weeks events, with the dream of being crowned the next Mary From Dungloe.
The festival also includes a constant stream of street entertainment, along with a carnival and live concerts.
The festival is centered around a pageant to find out which contestant has the spirit of the festival, who is then crowned “Mary From Dungloe”. The winner of the contest holds this title for a year and acts as an ambassador for the festival. Irish emigrant communities from around the world as well as some Irish counties and towns participate by nominating a young woman endearingly titled a “Mary”, to represent their community at the contest. The festival has grown in popularity over the years and regularly attracts thousands of visitors locally and from overseas.