Occupation: Primary School Teacher
25-year-old Maria comes from Malahide, Co Dublin and is a primary school teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Infant School in Dublin.
Maria’s main hobby since the age of five has been Irish dancing with the Claire McKenna School of Dancing. She retired last summer as a two-time World Champion, five-time All Ireland Champion and three-time Dublin Regional Champion.
Maria realised one of her dreams this year when she opened the Coughlan School of Irish Dancing in Glasnevin. She is a very musical person, loves to sing and can play the fiddle and the guitar.
She also enjoys running, fitness classes and travelling around the world. Maria has recently been doing some voluntary work at the Vincent's shop in Malahide in aid of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
"I’m so delighted with its success so far, we have a fantastic bunch of dancers and I’m very excited for the future."