My name is Marian Maloney. I started my life in Sligo town, born to Pat and Bridget Maloney and grew up with 2 brothers, John and Tony. Following the sudden death of our father Pat at the young age of 11 years old, my family relocated to Galway where I have lived ever since. I have led a full and busy life up until now, raising 5 children, all of whom I am very proud of and I have 4 grandsons.
In 2009, I became a Guide Dog owner when Yaz, a beautiful Golden Retriever changed my life by giving me newfound independence. This allowed me to pursue my interest in community and disability activism on a whole new level. These days, I am assisted by a Golden Labrador, called Leon.
I have lived my whole life with a visual impairment, I have encountered many challenges and obstacles along the way, all of which I have learned something from. I am not a Politician, I am a Mother, a Grandmother, a Community Activist, an Educator, and although I may not be able to see, I can certainly listen and speak.
Working with and for you, and the wider community of disabled people, I give a commitment to work on the Civil Society Panel towards equality and human rights for all residents of Galway City.