And perhaps nowhere more so than in the United States.
The Donegal ex-pat community gathered in New York to pick their ‘Mary’ for this year’s festival.
Hundreds of people were at the Most Precious Blood Church Auditorium, Astoria, Queens, for the annual Dungloe Irish Gala Dance.
And the organising committee picked their New York ‘Mary’ – Alice Ann Robinson pictured above.
Alice Ann is also pictured below with Niamh Fitzpatrick and Aileen Moore. They are students at the Deirdre O’Mara School of Irish Dance.