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 […]

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 […]

Have anvil, will travel …

When I meet him in Co Wexford, blacksmith Finin Liam Christie is just back from winning the Mjonøy Blacksmith Challenge, held in Vinje, Norway. And he’s preparing to head off to exhibit as just one of two European blacksmiths at the Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil Conference in the US. So just who is this globe-trotting blacksmith with his ‘have anvil, will travel from […]

Ballybeg House – a venue with a view

When you convert a run-down house into an exclusive wedding venue tucked away in rural south Wicklow, well, you’ve earned the right to a fair hearing! And that’s exactly what Paddy O’Toole, owner of Ballybeg House near Tinahely, received when he addressed the Rural Science Association on its recent field trip to Wicklow. A former chairperson of Wicklow County Tourism, Paddy had […]

Success leaves clues, says Sean Gallagher

(16 April 2015) If I say anything negative about entrepreneur Sean Gallagher’s ‘Success leaves clues’ presentation at yesterday’s Carlow Local Enterprise Office’s Connector networking event, I’m going against his mantra to be positive. So, in the interests of positivity, a few of the points I highlighted were: What is the ‘pivot’ of your business? This refers to the element that turned […]