Ex-ambassador gets a welcome in home town

Fintan Lambe

GOREY gave a warm welcome home to one of the town's most distinguished sons when former Irish ambassador to Britain Ted Barrington gave a talk to the North Wexford Historical Society about his life and times.

Now resident in Rosslare, Ted grew up in Gorey in the 1950s and 1960s before going to work for the Civil Service. His family ran a well known tailor's business, Barringtons, for many years on the Main Street in Gorey.

There was a good attendance in Gorey Library for the talk, and Ted was only too happy to share his early memories of growing up in Gorey. One of his early memories was of Ted Kennedy's visit to Gorey in advance of his brother JFK's visit to Wexford in the early 1960s.

Ted was appointed as ambassador to Britain in the mid-1990s, and served during the historic period when the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998. He was ambassador during the final two years of the John Major Conservative government and the first two years of the Tony Blair Labour government. He also met Queen Elizabeth II on several occasions at various garden parties.

He recalled how he was in Number 10 Downing Street when the Manchester bombings occurred in 1996, and a major discussion followed about how they would deal with the Irish situation.

One of his greatest tasks was his involvement in the negotiations for the Good Friday Agreement, and he praised Bertie Ahern for his role in the Peace Process.

Willie Willoughby of North Wexford Historical Society said theat all in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the talk.

'We were delighted to have a very distinguished Gorey man speak to the Society,' he said. 'He answered quite a few questions from the audience afterwards.'

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