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Meet some of the diverse characters who live in Gorey and North Wexford and make us who we are! Click on the images to read more!

Gorey Town Rocks - Emma Brophy

Gorey Town Rocks is about kindness, giving, mental health, and paying it forward, says co-founder Emma Brophy.

Chris Proby - Never Give up

Some people come back from cancer once – and others, like Inch-born Chris Proby, come back from cancer twice.

Amanda Doran is a Gorey born figurative artist whose work deals with subcultures, mostly the tattoo culture, or music trends, punk and ‘sideshow’ culture

Maura O'Donohoe founded Kia Ora Mini Farm, an integral part of many people’s current and past childhood holidays to North Wexford.

Uileann piper Mark Redmond has played in front of presidents and ambassadors, but prefers living in Gorey!

Life lessons and useful tips from wellness advocate Bibi Baskin, who visited Gorey in October 2018.

Kate Kos is an accomplished painter, with her bold, fresh watercolours held in private collections around the world.

Meet James Owens, the Kilrush man who refereed the All-Ireland hurling
final in 2018!

Aine Breen moved from accountancy to jewellery design, from Dublin to
China and back!

Kathleen Gleeson, a much-loved figure in Gorey

Stephen Sheridan is a top craftsman, keeping the art of traditional wood hand carving alive in his workshop.

Aoife Parle launched a CD to raise money for Temple Street Children's University Hospital

Nalin Wickramaratne left Sri Lanka way back in 2002 and found his way to Gorey to work as a bar man in the Ashdown Park Hotel. “I needed a change and I liked Europe so I got the job in the Ashdown Park,” says Nalin. His family joined him in 2004.

Meet Elaine Harold, who kick started the idea that sees over 120 runners and walkers do the weekly - and very successful - 5km Gorey parkrun.


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. Meet Corinne Simser-Wagg (Ontario), Nancy Robinson (Montreal), Jane Thompson (Toronto) and Heidi Cavagnolo (California).

Carina McEvoy is a successful novelist and highly regarded speaker on children's anxiety.

Award-winning traditional blacksmith Finin Liam Christie is passionate about traditional steel and ironworks. Nothing is welded.

Rachel Uí Fhaoláin promotes, performs, and engages with traditional/Sean Nós song, poetry, stories and music.

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. Today, he trains members of Gorey Chess Club.

Katie Maeve Williamson is a name you’re going to be hearing more of! President Michael D Higgins is just the latest to go home with her artwork!

Colm Brennan is a bronze sculptor of national acclaim, and a sought-after sean nós singer! A Mayo man by birth, Gorey has been his home for many years.

Mary Gethings | Ferns - People of Gorey and North Wexford

Mary Gethings is a community champion in her home town of Ferns. 

The proud Willow Park man talks boxing, fatherhood, helping out and more!

The proud Willow Park man talks boxing, fatherhood, helping out and more!

Christmas memories in Gorey with Joe Funge

Popular retailer Joe Funge recalls his childhood Christmases, including Santa parachuting into Gorey!

Keeping kids entertained at Christmas

Evelyn and Padraig from Kia Ora Mini Farm give us their top tips to keep the kids entertained at Christmas.

Top tips on enjoying your Christmas shopping from Sinead O’Sullivan, owner of Fifth Avenue & KoolKidz

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