Can a business survive in a rural area?

Given the hype about how well urban areas are doing, you might wonder business survival in a rural area. You might argue that you’ve got no footfall, employment prospects are poorer, broadband is slow – and … In the US, an interest in shopping local and the lower costs of living and doing business are cited as reasons to be […]

A long way from Canada to here!

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 Californian Heidi Cavagnolo (Los Gatos, […]

Katie Maeve draws you in!

Katie Maeve Williamson is a name you’re going to be hearing more of! The Gorey, Co Wexford artist recently shot to national fame when BT Ireland commissioned a piece from her to be presented to President Michael D Higgins at the opening ceremony of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January. Katie Maeve’s piece was entitled “What […]

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 […]

Writing therapy helped overcome mental health issues

When you meet Carina McEvoy, you’re immediately struck by her brightness and, yes, her niceness. She’s happy, bubbly, and excited about the launch of her debut novel, To Have, Not Hold. This novel is the result of years spent writing – an activity she took up in her teens to express the emotions as she went through a maelstrom of […]