Tuesday 23 April 2019

RTE shine a light on north Wexford

Gorey Guardian reporter Sara Gahan talking to RTÉ’s Catriona Perry
Gorey Guardian reporter Sara Gahan talking to RTÉ’s Catriona Perry
Davy Fitzgerald and Marty Morrissey
George Lee with Le Creme Boutique proprietor Marian McKenna and cameraman Neilus Dennehy

Sara Gahan

Gorey feels like one of the most vibrant rural towns outside of Dublin, according to RTÉ's Environmental Correspondent George Lee during Friday evening's RTÉ special on north Wexford.

The Six One News was presented live from Courtown Harbour by Catriona Perry who interviewed local RNLI members, revisiting last year's rescue where they took part in a major rescue operation to save a 13-year old girl who had a suspected spinal injury.

There was also an in-depth report on Gorey as a commuter town by Environmental Correspondent George Lee, a special on the local tourism by South-East Correspondent Damien Tiernan and Gaelic Games Correspondent Marty Morrissey interviewed Wexford Senior Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald live from Courtown about the weekend sporting events.

Speaking to this newspaper, newsreader Catriona said the Six One News team were delighted to be in Courtown for their summer series.

'The place reminds me of camping in Wexford as part of my childhood,' said Ms Perry. 'Getting 99s and chips for dinner.'

During the programme, Catriona reported an increase in call-outs for Courtown RNLI in the last five years.

Crew member and Riverchapel parish priest Fr Tom Dalton spoke to Catriona about how they all pull together to work together.

'This summer has been particularly busy for us,' said Fr Dalton. 'We have brought 73 people to safety in the last five years.'

Gorey-based IT solutions company Innovate at M11 Business Campus, Knockmullen was highlighted by the national broadcaster for pioneering the concept of 'decommuting'.

George interviewed Innovate's Chief Commercial Officer Annette Soraine from Enniscorthy, who said she never thought she would have the opportunity working for a local company.

'It was very stressful commuting to Dublin,' said Annette. 'I never thought I could build my career in Wexford.'

George said there are 1,500 working in retail, 750 in education, 450 in computer and finance and 2,100 commute into Gorey to work. 'The population of Gorey is 10,000, but that swells during summer to 40,000,' added George.

Marian McKenna of La Créme Boutique on Esmonde Street moved to Gorey in the 1980s. She told George how Gorey is a destination town for boutiques.

CEO of Gorey Chamber of Commerce Diarmuid Devereux said the best thing said by visitors is no matter where people come from in Ireland or abroad, no one ever looks down on the tourists or visitors.

South East Correspondent Damien Tiernan said a vital sector in Wexford is tourism, but it is especially patchy in areas across north Wexford.

In his report, he visited Wells House and Gardens where proprietor Sabine Rosler said they get on average 120,000 visitors per year and Ireland's Ancient East has had a huge positive impact on them.

But, off the beaten track in Boolavogue, Ireland's Ancient East has not worked for the Fr Murphy Centre who only receive 8,000 visitors per year. Mary Montague from Belfast was visiting the centre and told Damien how it is a pity it is not publicised more. .

After Damien's report, Catriona interviewed Jenny De Saulles from Ireland's Ancient East who said they have invested over €6 million into businesses to develop to an international level for tourists.

A special sports segment was delivered live from Courtown by Gaelic Games correspondent Marty Morrissey who interviewed Wexford Senior Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald. Davy spoke of the two upcoming hurling games which took place over the weekend - Galway V Clare and Limerick V Cork. Both matches surprisingly ended in a draw.

Gorey Guardian