he Mary from Dungloe Festival is one the mainstays of the Donegal tourist year as thousands gather there every August to celebrate the life of this legendary Donegal girl. But who was Mary from Dungloe? This "poetic" Docu-Drama tells the story of love, poverty, emigration and heartache that was a part of this mysterious life. Drawing on contemporary accounts and folk memory with the help of historians, this documentary reveals the impoverished life of West Donegal at the end of the nineteenth century, the programme uncovers the reasons that drove the young Mary Gallagher to leave her small home near Dungloe to board a ship bound for New Zealand and chronicles the short tragic life that awaited her there!
Contributors include: Paddy Rodgers, Helen Meehan, Sean Bonner, Dr Éamonn Ó Ciardha, Professor Dáithí Ó hÓgáin, Seán Beattie...and more.