When Joseph Kidd and Ann Poole left North Wexford for Ontario, Canada, in 1824 with their children, they cannot have foreseen that, in 2017, four descendants would arrive back in Gorey seeking to walk in their footsteps. And, yet, in June, Corinne Simser-Wagg (Goderich, Ontario), Nancy Robinson (Montreal), and Jane Thompson (Toronto) were joined by […]
Deirdre O'Flynn features
Life changed completely for Padraig Higgins, his wife Joan, and his family in January 2008 when their youngest son, James, then aged six, died on the family farm in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly. James, a bubbly blond charmer, fell into and drowned in a soak-pit near the family home – he was on his way to […]
Manuel Gardenes was born in Catalonia but moved to Ireland six years ago when he was asked to represent Ireland in a chess team championship. “It was a great honour – it was not very practical as I was doing reasonably well as a business consultant in Barcelona, but I chanced it!” He is still […]
Given the hype about how well urban areas are doing, you might be wondering whether a small business can survive at all in a rural area. You might argue that you’ve got no footfall, employment prospects are poorer, broadband is slow – and well, as the country and western singer said, your wife done left […]
Check out my latest feature on the Joint Task Force’s recent drugs interdiction in Cork earlier this year for Ocean Publishing‘s magazine, Emergency Services Ireland. It explores inter-agency co-operation and how training and preparation remain vital for all maritime missions.
In much the same way that The Gathering in 2013 harnessed the nostalgia and goodwill of the diaspora, Wexford County Council is harnessing the pride and civic spirit of its own successful sons and daughters through its innovative Ambassador Programme. Read my feature on this innovative programme in Council Review magazine: