Maria Mc Cormack is a Churchill native who is best known as the friendly face behind The Happy Camper Cafe.
The pancake master has been serving up treats and smiles to people outside Glenveagh since June 2016. The cafe was the brainchild of Maria and her sister Jane, who went on to set up the Happy Camper cafe at Cooneys Letterkenny.
Maria was a full-time singer/songwriter for three years before the cafe. She even sang ‘My Donegal’!
She is the proud mum of nine-year-old Ultan, who works with her during the summer holidays.
Maria had a bumpy year in 2017, when her beloved campervan was destroyed after rolling into a bog at Easter. The accident prompted a huge outpouring of kindness from the community and it wasn’t long before Happy Camper Mark 2 was back on the road.
Maria uses her famous pancakes to raise funds for local charities, and has so far fundraised around €5,000 for organisations including iCAN, the Donkey Sanctuary, the Churchill Playground and Pieta House.
Maria is looking forward to raising more money for charity at an exciting event next week – For The Love Of Street Food!
Manor Picnic Area will be turned into a foodie hub on January 27th to raise funds for The North West Simon Community. The Happy Camper, 9ine Hostages Coffee Co. and The Spicy Bird will be serving great pancakes, coffee, artisan treats and savoury dishes from 10am to 4pm.