Candidate Mary is happy to lose
(weight that is!)
by Linda McGrory
A LOCAL election hopeful is no political lightweight
despite losing nearly a stone in weight on the
First-time candidate Mary McCauley has been busy
canvassing in Inishowen and says the pounds are just
falling off. The mum-of-five has gone from a size 16
to 14 in just eight weeks.
“I’m walking miles every day and hours can pass
between meals. My clothes are getting looser and
looser on me," she laughed. The Fianna Fáil
candidate has even lost weight since her election
posters went up. “I hope people still recognise me!”
"Many people I call with offer me tea and something
to eat but you just go out and burn it all off again
in no time.
I even got pancakes on
Pancake Tuesday but for once they didn't end up on
the hips," she quipped.
The straight-talking candidate is no stranger to a
As mother to five young teenagers including two sets
of twins, every day is busy. She also helps
auctioneer husband Leo run the family estate agency
Hoping to take a seat on Donegal County Council, she
says she loves the canvass but didn't expect the
added bonus of weight-loss as well.
She also describes the before-and-after images of
candidates who leave the house nicely spruced up in
the morning only to arrive back bedraggled at night.
"At the end of the day you can look like you've been
dragged through a hedge backwards.”
Her patch along the Foyle in east Inishowen is
largely rural which sees her dashing up and down
small country roads to reach the all-important
FF local election candidate Mary
McCauley who has dropped a dress size so far on the
Inishowen campaign trail.
"I must be hopping in
and out of the car a hundred times a day and there's
a lot of walking between the houses. I wish I had
thought of a pedometer out of curiosity to see how
many miles I clocked up during the campaign."
Meanwhile, despite the odd negative encounter in the
run-up to the May 23 poll, Mary shows no sign of
losing her appetite for politics any time soon:
“It’s a challenge and a privilege,” she said.
Day in the life of a first-time candidate and busy
Risin’ Time 7am: Shower and make-up
7.30am: Get kids’ breakfasts and lunches
8.30am: The school run
9:00am: Do the dishes followed by a bowl of porridge
10am onwards: Canvassing
12.30pm- 3pm: Whatever I can grab for lunch
5pm-6pm: Dinner followed by more canvassing
11pm: Collapse exhausted into bed…and do it all over
again next day.