For many years, one of the highlights of the Mary from Dungloe Festival was the annual tea party hosted by singer Daniel O'Donnell at his mother's home in Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal.
This year's festival runs until 4 August 2014, and as usual the young women, who have been nominated as Marys by Irish communities at home and abroad, will compete for the ultimate crown of Mary from Dungloe. The event will be without Daniel's mother Julia, who died earlier this year.
Eileen Magnier went to one of the tea parties on 28 July 1994. In this RTÉ News report, she meets fans who have travelled from as far afield as Australia and talks to Daniel himself.