Dia Duit! My name is Alana Gallagher, I am 20 years old and originally from Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. In 2016 I moved to York to pursue my dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist at York St John University. I am now in my second year of the course and loving every minute of it!
I also work part time in a neurological rehabilitation centre to further my knowledge and experience. I am an avid Gaelic footballer and upon my move to England joined the Gaelic football club ‘York Éireannach’. I am proud to have added to their development and progress. I am also vice secretary of the first ever Yorkshire Ladies County Board, and I am very proud to have been part of the development as both a committee member and as a player on the Yorkshire Ladies County team, having recently won two all British Titles.
The Gaelic team has developed a close knit community of people from Ireland, people with Irish heritage and even people with no Irish connection who enjoy the sense of community. I have also attended many of the York Irish association’s events. I’m really looking forward to Tralee, meeting my fellow Roses and members of the Irish Community from all over the world.