Maria Ni Dhonaill from Lunniagh in Derrybeg was chosen as the Gaeltacht Mary at a function held in Leo’s Tavern in Meenaleck on Saturday night.
The 22 year old, who works at Ionaid Cois Locha, was a very popular choice to go forward to the pageant which takes place later this summer.
A shocked Maria said she was very proud to be chosen and is really looking forward to meeting all the other girls and making many new friends.
“I have always thought I would love to enter the Mary from Dungloe and meet other young women from around the world.
“I honestly can’t believe that I have been chosen and I’m just delighted. I’m so looking forward to it,” she said.
Maria is pictured with Denis Sweeney and Carol Kieran of the festival committee.
PICTURE BY: Eoin McGarvey