Mary is from Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland. She holds a Diploma in Graphic Design (2000) and a Bachelor of Design in Digital Media (2001). Mary worked in the Graphic Design Industry before deciding to continue her studies and to pursue a Masters in Interactive Media at the University of Limerick. Mary completed the course in 2003. Together with her colleagues Sinead Dinneen and Donnacha Toomey, Mary participated to the Siena Design Project presenting "Bin-It at Colbert Station". Mary worked as a research assistant on the "Shared Worlds" project.