Kate from Down Under is crowned Mary from Dungloe
Published 05/08/2014 | 02:30
IT IS named after a local lass, but the winner of the 47th annual Mary From Dungloe pageant in Co Donegal travelled further than most in order to claim her prize.
Kate Lindsay, a 19-year-old engineering and commerce student, came to Donegal all the way from Sydney.
She took home the shiny tiara and sash having beaten 12 other ladies for the title.
"I just can't believe it," said the young Australian. "I was very surprised, maybe confused, when I heard the result. It took some time to sink in."
Ms Lindsay will act as ambassador for the festival for the following year.
After claiming her crown, she was congratulated by singer Daniel O'Donnell, who performed a rendition of the 1968 ballad 'Mary of Dungloe' during the ceremony.
"Kate is just a lovely girl and we are delighted to have her as our new Mary," Mr O'Donnell said.
Founded in 1967, the 10-day festival sees women from around the globe gather in Donegal to see if they have what it takes to be crowned Mary from Dungloe.
The pageant was named after local beauty Mary Gallagher who lived in Dungloe during the 19th century and possessed "bright blue eyes and well-attended blonde hair".
Plenty of activities were on offer over the course of the festival, including a monster table quiz, a darts tournament and a Bonny Baby Show.