2010-05-12 / Features

New York Heads To Dungloe

BY JASON D. ANTOS

(L. to r. second from left) Mary From Dungloe Event Organizer Anne- Marie McCullagh, 2010 New York Mary From Dungloe Winner Lilly Wild and Father William Krlis from Most Precious Blood. Photo Jason D. Antos (L. to r. second from left) Mary From Dungloe Event Organizer Anne- Marie McCullagh, 2010 New York Mary From Dungloe Winner Lilly Wild and Father William Krlis from Most Precious Blood. Photo Jason D. Antos The 2010 New York Mary From Dungloe was chosen at a gala charity dance on April 24, at Most Precious Blood Auditorium, 32-52 37th St. in Astoria. The evening’s program commenced with a beauty pageant featuring young women between the ages of 19 and 26 who competed to represent New York at the 43rd Mary From Dungloe International Festival, held from July 26 through August 2 in Dungloe, Ireland. Father William Krlis graciously donated the auditorium.

This year’s Mary From Dungloe went to Lilly Wild a junior at Marymount Manhattan College. Born and raised in a small California mountain town called Idyllwild, Wild is studying film and theater.

“I walked into this whole thing by accident,” Wild said. The story goes that she was spotted one day by the event’s organizer Anne-Marie McCullagh who asked if she would like to compete. She filled out an application and the next thing she knew she was on her way to Ireland as the New York representative.

“This will give me a chance to discover my Irish heritage which is something that I was never in touch with before.”

Proceeds from this event will benefit Mt. Sinai Queens Cancer Services Program. McCullagh organized the event after her recent fight against breast cancer.

An after ceremony reception was held at Cronin and Phelan, 38-14 Broadway in Astoria on May 7 where the judges and supporters toasted Wild. The restaurant’s owners graciously donated the place for the reception free of charge. A $3,000 check was donated to Krlis for Mount Sinai of Queens Cancer Services Program.

“I am so happy to see people who have come from as for away as Ireland and as close as Flushing,” McCullagh said.

Dedicated to the tale of the love a young man had for a local lady named Mary Gallagher in the 1860s, the festival was first held in 1967 after Emmet Spiceland made the story into a popular ballad. The town of Dungloe is situated on the West Coast of Ireland.

“I hope that this victory will allow me to do good around the world,” Wild said. For more information visit http://www.maryfromdungloe.com.

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