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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!

Kathleen, a loved figure on Esmonde Street!

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

Every community needs its champions and one of Ferns’ hard workers is Mary Gethings. Born and reared in North Wexford’s heritage hub, Mary loves Ferns, wildflowers, medical dramas, DIY, sustainability, photography and... well, loads of things, including making her own jams and chutneys!

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 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).

When you meet Carina McEvoy, you’re immediately struck by 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 depression, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anxiety.

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

Aoife Parle, Tesco Community Champion, launched a CD of a song she co-wrote to raise money for Temple Street Children's University Hospital

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!

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