Marhaba! My name is Karen Cashman and I am a twenty-seven-year-old primary school teacher from East Cork currently living in Abu Dhabi.
I am a country girl at heart, and was raised on a farm by my mother (originally from Galway) and father (born and raised in Cork). Since graduating from Mary Immaculate College in 2013 I have worked in schools all over Cork, and last year decided to take the plunge and move to the United Arab Emirates. That plunge turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made, I now work in a prestigious British school and am very much settled in my new sandy home!
My interests are many and varied, in part thanks to my involvement with Macra ne Feirme. I have always loved music and the performing arts, but Macra fostered in me a passion for public speaking, debating and community involvement. My sister Edel recently underwent successful liver transplant surgery and I have since involved myself in the campaign for the implementation of Opt-Out organ donation in Ireland.
As the Irish community in the Middle East continues to grow, I am proud to be part of strengthening the links between Abu Dhabi and Ireland through the Rose of Tralee International Festival.