It’s a long way from Sri Lanka to Ireland!

According to Google, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean with a population of 20 million. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. And yet, Nalin Wickramaratne left Sri Lanka in 2002 to work as a bar man in the Ashdown Park Hotel, in Gorey, […]

Aoife’s Silver Lining for charity

When a Gorey woman won a recording contract, she didn’t think about advancing her own career – instead, Aoife Parle decided to record a single with all funds going to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Along with Aisling O’Dwyer, Aoife wrote Silver Lining, which was launched on 25 November in Gorey, Co Wexford. The single is a combination of Aoife’s […]

Catalan chess supremo charms Gorey

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 in Ireland and, after some […]

Listening lessons from Trump victory

The responses I’ve heard most frequently to Donald Trump’s US presidential victory are: I did not see that coming (me neither!) And This is not the outcome we wanted (me neither) What is interesting to me is that, in hindsight, the clues were there to anyone who listened closely to the opinions that were being expressed on our airwaves night […]

Solicitor by day, blogger by night!

Sinead Fox has two identities – by day, she’s a corporate solicitor in Dublin, by night, she’s an award-winning blogger on Bumbles of Rice blog based in North Wexford. “I started the Bumbles of Rice blog when the kids were small,” says Sinead, adding that she and her husband both work in Dublin. “We top and tail our commutes, so I […]

How drumming therapy helps Conor beat anxiety

When you meet Conor Moore, you wouldn’t think anxiety was an issue for him. And when you hear that, as a drummer, he has supported artists as big as American singer Kelly Clarkson in Wembley, you don’t think anxiety should be an issue for him. And, yet, like thousands of Irish people, anxiety has crossed his path and he works […]