By Dan Walsh
Promotion of Gorey and North Wexford going forward was the theme of a presentation to the members of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council at last Tuesday’s January meeting held in Gorey Courthouse under Covid-19 guidelines given by Norma Quinsey. Cllr Pip Breen was in the chair.
Ms Quinsey gave a detailed account of LoveGorey.ie and pointed out that during the height of the pandemic LoveGorey adapted to assist communication for the region and social media posts on services were available even in the rural areas, details of how businesses adapted, such as takeaway meals, new opening hours adaptation and click and collect services.
The annual Big Switch On for the Christmas lights were cancelled and in its place was “a positive seasonal video” to remind people that Santa and the spirit of Christmas belonged to Gorey!
Some were overwhelmed and wrote to the committee. Fiona Doyle said; “It was absolutely gorgeous! It would bring a tear to a glass eye! What an amazing little town! Very well done to all involved. Missing home even more now.”
Director of Services Liz Hore said LoveGorey was an example of the local authority working in partnership with the businesses. She added that a review of the funding model is needed.
Cllr Diarmuid Devereux stated that LoveGorey be used to its maximum and suggested that if we (Council) are going to fund it, we should fund it with additional funds, but questioned; “what do we get back in return?” He added that LoveGorey has evolved as a promotional unit, and we (Council) should give it funding to do so properly.
Cllr Joe Sullivan said the people of Gorey are very committed to LoveGorey and the funding from Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council was 10 or 15% when he was in the chair. “It would be better able to exist with extra funding,” he concluded. He also suggested that Cathaoirleach Cllr Pip Breen be added as a committee member.
Cllr Mary Farrell described LoveGorey as “a fabulous tool’ and she found the Christmas video “amazing.” Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin said Love Gorey was “money well spent.” Cllr Donal Kenny was satisfied and felt “Gorey is one of the greatest towns in Ireland,” Cllr Andrew Bolger felt it was “a great example of excellent marketing and attracting people” via Visit Wexford.ie
Cathaoirleach Cllr Pip Breen said; “LoveGorey is a great success story, and they are doing a brilliant job.” Cllr Oliver Walsh thanked Ms Quinsey for the presentation and there was a small bit of banter to end this part of the meeting – members were left smiling on whether the title should be LoveGorey, LoveCraanford or Love Blackwater?