Expansion to Wexford Ambassador scheme

ANNE DOYLE. The queen of RTE news was representing her county in Gorey on Friday.

ANNE DOYLE. The queen of RTE news  representing her county in Gorey on Friday.

The innovative Wexford Ambassador Programme has been a great success since it was introduced by Wexford County Council and seven more personalities were added on at a pleasant reception held at Gorey Hatch Lab last Friday.
David Minogue of Wexford County Council who introduced the proceedings commenced by saying that “we are here today to honour people from our county who have performed beyond their duty and have got on really well and at the same time haven’t forgotten where they came from.”
Anne Doyle who is Europe’s longest serving newsreader was master of ceremonies for the event.
“The Wexford Ambassador Programme was a very interesting innovation in 2011 and it is one that many people from other counties have expressed their admiration of, and it has worked exceedingly well; it’s purpose is two-fold; it is designed to honour the work and the stature and the contribution of people from the whole county or those who have very strong associations with County Wexford.
It also aims to tap into the expertise and the connections of the people concerned so that they can use their considerable influence.”
Cllr John Hegarty, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, welcomed “Wexford’s newest ambassadors” and he detailed a list of outstanding achievements in Wexford over the decades.
He added: “Our real quality is the quality of our people. And across the world in business and sport, literature, art and music we have produced world leaders far disproportionate to the size of our county.”
The new ambassadors are Ryan Quigley, Mark Redmond, David Dempsey, Tadhg Furlong, Eamon Sinnott, James O’Connor and Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Murphy.
Since the Wexford Ambassador scheme was launched in 2011 the following are amongst those chosen;
Former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle from Ferns.
Gorey rugby international Gordon D’Arcy.
Wexford town native and international singing star Michael Londra.
The celebrated novelist and author John Banville from Wexford town.
Children’s writer and successful creator of books, Eoin Colfer from Wexford.
Dermot O’Leary, famous on UK television for the X Factor.
Ryan Quigley who has made a major impact in the financial world and lives in Davidstown, near Enniscorthy.
Mark Redmond from Ferns who is Chief Executive of the American Chamber.
Wexford-born David Dempsey who is also a successful business personality.
Tadhg Furlong from Campile who has won international acclaim on the rugby fields of the world.
Eamon Sinnott from Wexford town who is at the top of Intel Ireland.
James O’Connor from Kiltealy who holds a major position with Microsoft.
Kevin Doyle, the Adamstown-born soccer player who made it from the Wexford & District League to the UK Premiership and was capped numerous times for the Republic of Ireland.
Billy Walsh from Wexford, who boxed for Ireland in the Olympics, and is now regarded as one of the greatest boxing coaches in the world.
Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Murphy, born at St John’s Manor, Enniscorthy, and an award-winning actress on stage and television, but, perhaps, best known for her role in the crack RTE television series ‘Love Hate’.
Colm Toibín, the Enniscorthy-born writer who had his book, ‘Brooklyn’ turned into a film and he insisted that many of the scenes were filmed in his native town.
Aidan O’Brien from Poulpeasty who is a champion racehorse trainer of world renown and is known as the ‘Master of Ballydoyle’.
Jim Bolger from Oylegate, another champion horse trainer with classics and international success to his credit.

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